You know you have static cling when you remove your hat and your hair stands on end. The electrons from the hat transfer to your hair. They have the same charge, so they repel each other. This imbalance between positive and negative charges called electrons causes static electricity. Static cling gets worse during the winter with drier air. Add moisture to the air to decrease the static charge. Address the problem of static cling by eliminating the cause or treating the material.
Quickly remove static cling by wetting your hands with water and brushing them over your clothing. The moisture will eliminate the static charge. Or spray the air with water from a spray bottle if you have static cling on your clothes. Walk through the water mist you created to discharge the static.
Spray your clothing with antistatic spray for another quick fix. Make your own antistatic spray by pouring a little fabric softener into an empty spray bottle then topping it with water. Use one part fabric softener to 30 parts water. Also spray your car seats and furniture and let them dry.
Wear clothing made of natural fibres such as cotton. Cotton is a neutral fibre that will not become charged to the extent of synthetic fibres.
Use a humidifier at home while getting dressed. The humidifier keeps moisture in the air around you.
Wear moisturiser. Keep hand lotion with you on a regular basis.
Use fabric softener when washing your clothes in the washing machine, or use fabric dryer sheets in your dryer.
Dry your clothes halfway in the dryer then hang them to air dry. Remember, dry air causes static cling.
Purchase socks with an antistatic finish to keep trousers and lint from clinging.
Dampen a fabric dryer sheet with water then rub it over your stockings or pantyhose while wearing them to get rid of static cling.
To prevent static cling, pour 1/2 cup of borax or white vinegar into the washing machine during the wash and rinse cycle.
Tips and warnings
- To prevent static cling, pour 1/2 cup of borax or white vinegar into the washing machine during the wash and rinse cycle.