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Home remedy for static cling

Updated July 18, 2017

Static cling occurs when the air and your body are dry enough to generate static electricity and when your clothes and body have opposite charges; one positive and the other negative. While static electricity is not completely avoidable, there are some things that can be done to reduce the static shocks and cling.

Fighting static cling

Static cling occurs mainly during the winter months due to the dry air. Adding humidifiers throughout the house adds much needed moisture and prevents static from building up. Keep skin suitably moisturised and, if you wear tights, rub lotion on your legs as pantyhose tend to work up a static charge quicker than other kinds of clothing.

When doing laundry, add 60 ml (1/4) cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Do not over-dry your clothes; the hotter the clothes get, the more static electricity builds up. Instead, remove them when they are barely dry and allow them to finish air drying. If clothes have static coming out of the dryer, dampen your hands slightly before you fold the clothes.

When getting dressed, run a wire hanger under your clothes; the wire helps to neutralise the charge that may still be lingering in the outfit. If you get static cling at work, wet your hands slightly and rub them over the surface of the clothes, or keep a dryer sheet either in your purse, your briefcase or your desk drawer and run it lightly over your clothes. It will eliminate the cling and leave a nice, fresh scent on your clothes. Alternatively, try misting the air with a spray bottle and walking through it to discharge any static that may be on your clothes.

For overly dry furniture and carpets, fill a spray bottle with water and a tbsp of fabric softener and apply a light spritz. This will eliminate the static charge that is produced when walking or sitting.

To get rid of fly-away hair due to static electricity, use a conditioner when you shampoo your hair and use a hot oil treatment at least once a week. Comb or brush with a rubber comb or a natural bristle brush to tame hair.

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About the Author

Lori Myers hails from Upstate New York, in the Adirondack region. She has written for the "Schenectady Gazette" and began writing professionally in 1995. She is a certified personal trainer and is currently expanding her education in computer programming. Myers obtained her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master's degree in nutrition from Syracuse University.