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Static cling can be incredibly embarrassing, especially when your skirt sticks to your legs or your hair sticks up in the air. When using conventional products, reducing static is pretty simple – just toss a dryer sheet in the dryer – but those dryer sheets are covered in dangerous chemical fragrances that can cause a host of health problems like asthma, allergies, cancers, and more.
So what do you do when you’re trying to follow a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle? Actually, you can do lots of things to reduce static cling naturally! These Easy + Affordable Ways to Remove Static Cling Naturally will teach you all the ways to prevent and break those static bonds to eliminate embarrassing static cling in no time!
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How to Remove Static Cling Naturally
1. AIR DRY YOUR LAUNDRY.
Clothes dryers are the main cause of static cling, so when you hang your laundry to air dry, you eliminate the cause! Air drying is also better for the environment and will reduce your energy bill. Buy a hanging rack to dry laundry inside.
2. WEAR NATURAL FABRICS.
Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon are more prone to static cling. Stick to natural materials like cotton, wool, and hemp.
3. DRY SYNTHETIC FIBERS SEPARATELY.
If you use a dryer to dry your clothes, be sure to dry synthetic fabrics separately to prevent static cling from spreading to natural fibers.
4. DECREASE DRYING TIME.
Over-drying your clothes in the dryer contributes to static cling and increases energy costs.
5. USE VINEGAR IN THE RINSE CYCLE.
Rinsing your laundry with white vinegar at the end of the wash cycle reduces static electricity and also acts as a natural fabric softener. And don’t worry about the smell! The vinegar smell will dissipate once the laundry dries.
Fill the fabric softener dispenser in your washer, use in your Downey ball, or manually add 1/2 cup of vinegar at the end of the wash cycle.
If desired, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar to make your clothes smell nice and clean. Add sweet orange to fight stains and brighten whites and colors, lavender to calm (great for bed linens), and peppermint to help fight tough odors (a must for smelly gym shorts).
6. AND IN THE DRYER.
Spray a cloth, sock, or any other garment with some white vinegar, and add it to the dryer to reduce static even more.
7. MAKE YOUR OWN DIY REUSABLE DRYER SHEETS.
Store-bought natural dryer sheets are a wonderful way to combat static in the dryer without the dangerous chemicals in conventional dryer sheets, but you still have to throw them away (or compost them) after use. Making your own DIY dryer sheets with reusable wash cloths is a better option, and they’re super easy to make, too!
Mix one cup of white vinegar and 25+ drops of your favorite essential oil(s) in a quart sized mason jar (I prefer wide-mouth jars for easy access). Shake gently to combine, then add wash cloths or fabric scraps, moistening the cloths thoroughly in the mixture.
To use, remove a cloth from the jar, and squeeze out the excess vinegar mixture. Add the cloth to every dryer load, then put the cloth back in the jar to be used again and again.
8. DRY YOUR CLOTHES WITH WOOL BALLS.
Pop 4-6 wool balls in your dryer to help reduce static and dry your laundry faster by fluffing clothes and absorbing moisture.
9. TURN ON THE HUMIDIFIER.
Static cling occurs when the air is too dry. Adding moisture with a humidifier can help. Bonus: It can also help allergies and sinus and reduce other illnesses during the winter months!
10. ADD ALUMINUM FOIL TO THE DRYER.
Another method is to toss a ball of aluminum foil in your dryer to help reduce static when drying your laundry. Replace the ball when it’s no longer working.
11. TRY SOAP NUTS.
Soap nuts can be used as a green alternative to commercial laundry detergents. They’re actually a type of berry and can be put in a muslin bag and tossed directly into the wash, or boiled down to make liquid laundry soap.
Soap nuts can also help you save money on laundry, since they’re super cheap, and you only need a small handful per load!
Soap nuts already possess anti-static properties, so laundry that’s washed with soap nuts doesn’t require any other anti-static remedy.
To use, put 4-6 soap nuts in a muslin bag, and toss in the washer. You don’t need any other laundry detergents to clean your clothes and remove stains!
Once the wash cycle is completed, dry your laundry as usual. Remove the bag of soap nuts from the washer, and let them air dry. Replace the soap nuts once the shells become dried out, grey, and soft.
12. USE METAL HANGERS.
If you hang your clothes in a closet to store, use metal hangers, which stop the electrical charge and eliminate static. In fact, you can stop static cling in the clothes you’re wearing just by touching any metal object!
13. PUT A SAFETY PIN ON YOUR CLOTHES.
Is your dress or skirt clinging to your legs? Stop it instantly by attaching a safety pin to the bottom hem to weight it down and stop the electrical charge.
14. ADD BORAX TO THE WASH.
Wash clothes with 1/4 cup of Borax to prevent static cling.
15. PUT ON LOTION BEFORE YOUR DRESS.
Moisturize your skin with lotion before dressing. The moisture will prevent clothes from sticking to you. This also works to smooth flyaway hair. Rub a small amount of lotion into the palm of your hands, and use to smooth strands. Be careful not to add too much lotion, or your hair might look greasy.
16. SPRAY CLOTHES WITH WATER.
To eliminate static cling in the clothes you’re already wearing, spray them lightly with water to add moisture.
These Easy Ways to Remove Static Cling Naturally will help you eliminate static in your clothes and throughout your home without toxic chemicals!
What do you think of these Natural Ways to Reduce Static Cling? Have you tried any of these tips? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!