Friday, April 10, 2015
How to Fight Static in Your Clothes
1) Separate your synthetic fiber clothes from your natural fiber clothes.
To reduce static, try hang drying your synthetic (artificial) fiber clothes. Examples of synthetic fibers are polyester and acrylic. If you are unable to hang dry these synthetic fiber clothes, try separating them from natural fiber fabrics like cotton before drying. Usually synthetic fiber clothes need less time in the dryer than natural fibers.
Be careful not to over dry as over drying can create static cling. Try adding a damp/almost wet wash cloth to your synthetic loads when tumble drying and the added moisture will help to distribute existing moisture and keep the clothes from over drying. Alternatively, you can add a damp/almost wet with white vinegar cloth and it will have the same effect.
2) Use wool dryer balls and use less time to dry your clothes in the dryer.
With using wool dryer balls in your laundry, you can decrease your drying time. The wool dryer balls absorb moisture and work to circulate and fluff your clothes as they dry. If you use a timed dry setting, you will have to decrease your drying time. When clothes are dried for less time in the dryer, they have less time to rub together and create less static electricity.
3) Use vinegar instead of fabric softener.
Try replacing your store bought fabric softener with vinegar. Not only will you save yourself a ton of money as vinegar much less expensive than fabric softener, you will also see a reduction in static. Don’t worry about the smell, the vinegar smell will be washed out by the time the washing machine cycle is complete.
I especially recommend using vinegar instead of fabric softener for bath towels, kitchen towels and dish cloths. The vinegar will work to soften your towels without all the chemicals of store bought fabric softener. If you choose to use fabric softener on your towels, it will leave behind a film. This fabric softener film will make the fibers of your towels less absorbent, which is the exact opposite effect you want to happen.
Want to scent your laundry before hang drying it? Try adding essential oil to vinegar in your fabric softener compartment. For an energizing scent, try pink grapefruit essential oil. If you would like a relaxing scent, try adding lavender essential oil.