Static cling is particularly apparent in the winter months, when indoor furnaces and heating inside offices and the workplace keep the air dry. Static cling can make your trousers or dresses cling to you, bunch up in an obscene fashion, and cause you to shock someone you touch or shake hands with. There is nothing more embarrassing than to get ready to speak in front of a group, or to walk into church, with your trousers halfway up your knees or your skirt clinging to your thighs. There are many economical ways to get rid of static cling.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Petroleum jelly or pure glycerine
- White distilled vinegar
- Metal hanger
- Fabric softener sheets
Moisturise your skin after bathing with petroleum jelly or pure glycerine mixed with a little water. Leave your skin a bit damp and heighten the moisturising effect. You can purchase either item sat your pharmacy or at a discount store. Moist skin is less likely to create static cling. These two products are inexpensive yet just as effective as pricey lotions.
Add white distilled vinegar to you rinse cycle. Putting 1/4 cup white vinegar into the softener dispenser will effectively soften your clothes, leave them smelling fresh and clean and will eliminate static cling. Vinegar is inexpensive, particularly when you purchase it in gallon containers, which will last a long time.
Wear cotton clothing or natural fibres. This type of clothing is less likely to have static cling, is comfortable and launders well.
Use a humidifier in your home to moisten the air. If you do not already have a humidifier, just fill a pot or tea kettle on the stove with water, bring it to a boil and then let it gently simmer for a couple of hours. Be sure to keep an eye on it so that it does not boil dry. This will raise the humidity in your home.
Shake your clothes out when you remove them from the dryer. Better yet, just toss them for a few minutes to get rid of some of the moisture and wrinkles and then hang them to dry. This will add humidity to your indoor air, will reduce static cling and save money on your electric bill.
Run a metal hanger through the inside of any clothing that is dry but still clingy. This will effectively remove static.
Use fabric softener sheets in your dryer, or if you have problems with the chemicals in them, purchase green, chemical-free fabric softener sheets. These will reduce any remaining static cling.
Tips and warnings
- Carry a small bottle of glycerine or a jar of petroleum jelly in your purse. When your clothing starts to cling, go into a bathroom and wet your palms, grab a bit of the jelly or the glycerine and rub your palms together. Raise your shirt or trousers (whichever is clinging) and rub your hands over your skin. Allow it to dry before lowering your shirt or trousers legs.
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