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How to remove static from clothes

Avoid nasty little shocks and clinging clothes by removing the static from your clothes! Find out how to get rid of static here.


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By Cleanipedia Team

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Static electricity is a common problem – when two susceptible surfaces rub together, electrons (negatively charged subatomic particles) can transfer between them, leaving one surface (such as your clothes) charged.  First impressions are paramount – and giving someone an electric shock within ten seconds of meeting them probably isn’t the ideal introduction. Luckily, there are practical methods for removing static from clothes that will dispel the charge without damaging any of your favourite nylon and polyester party pieces.

Drying clothes on a line after washing them with a good detergent and fabric softener gives them room to breathe and is an unbeatable way of stopping the build-up of static!

How to Get Rid of Static Electricity

If you’re wondering how to remove static from clothes in the wash, using a fabric softener like Comfort is one of the most effective answers to this perennial question. Adding fabric softener to a load of laundry helps to invisibly lubricate clothing, dispelling electricity and leaving garments super soft.

Getting Rid of Static on Clothes

Getting rid of static involves making small alterations or additions to your environment or your clothes. Using a good quality fabric conditioner will help reduce static electricity in your clothes, and there are other strategies you can try, as well.

With solutions ranging from home humidifiers to fabric softeners, try these methods to remove static from clothes:

  1. Applying body moisturiser prevents clothing from rubbing against dry skin and creating unwanted sparks

  2. Use a dryer sheet – adding an anti-static tumble dryer sheet to the machine stops clothes from rubbing together and electrons from building up

  3. Touch grounded metal – touching any piece of grounded metal (like water pipes or a lamppost) will banish static from your clothes

  4. Anti-static sprays are available on the high street. Designed for application on clothes or the body, these products are an effective solution

  5. Boost the humidity within the home as very dry air is an ideal condition for static electricity, using a humidifier can eliminate the problem

  6. Dab some vinegar vinegar is known for its ability to neutralize odors, but it can also work to remove static from clothes. Simply dip a cloth in a mixture of vinegar and water and wring out the excess. Then, dab the cloth on the areas of your clothes that cling to your body. Just a little vinegar can go a long way, so avoid saturating the cloth.

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How to Get Rid of Static Cling

The perfect outfit can be given an undesirable twist when annoyingly clingy clothes. Let your clothes know that you need some space with these five tips:

  • Lightly wet your hands then brush them over the surface of your clothing to reduce static cling. This method will work with some fabrics – but should not be used with delicate dry-clean-only fabrics, like silk, that do not respond well to water

  • Target extra clingy areas by applying talcum powder to your skin

  • Rubbing a dryer sheet over the offending articles while dressed can work wonders

  • Believe it or not, putting a tennis ball in the dryer can also help to reduce static cling by preventing clothes from rubbing together as they dry

  • Running the flat bit of a wire coat hanger over clothing can pick up the loose electricity, preventing clinging catastrophes.

How to prevent static electricity in clothes?

Preventing static electricity in clothes can be achieved through various simple methods. Firstly, using fabric softeners or dryer sheets during the laundry process can help reduce static buildup. These products work by coating the fabric with a thin layer that inhibits static charges. Another effective approach is to ensure clothes are completely dry before removing them from the dryer, as moisture helps dissipate static electricity. In dry environments, using a humidifier can add moisture to the air, minimizing static cling. Additionally, wearing natural fibers like cotton or using antistatic sprays can reduce static buildup. Lastly, avoiding synthetic materials, such as polyester, which are more prone to generating static, can be beneficial. As you can see, you can put an end to nasty little shocks and awkward clinging in just a few minutes. Don’t get zapped – give them a try!

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