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How to Get Rid of Static Cling

by Product Specialist

• Sprinkle your clothes in the washer with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda. Start the washer and wash as usual. The baking soda prevents electrical charges, so clothes won't stick together.

• Make a little ball out of tinfoil, put it into your washer, and run your machine on a normal washing cycle. The foil discharges electric charges produced in the wash that cause static electricity in your clothes.

• Add ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washer. The vinegar works like a fabric softener to stop clothes from getting stiff, which builds up friction and causes them to stick together.

• Use the recommended amount of fabric softener in your washer dispenser or place a fabric softener sheet in your electric dryer.

• Add a damp cloth to your dryer. Run your dryer setting as normal. 10 minutes before the cycle is complete, reduce the setting to low and toss in a damp cloth. This saves on the cost of dryer sheets and it prevents clothes from becoming overly dry, which makes cling together.

• Rub your skin with moisturizing lotion to prevent dryness so clothes won't cling.

• Dry clothes the old-fashioned way. Hang the damp clothes on a clothesline in the sunshine to dry naturally. They won't become excessively dry or full of static.

• Use a humidifier to add humidity back into the air. A small humidifier placed near your clothes hung on hangers in the laundry room or closet adds just enough moisture back into the clothes to get rid of nasty static cling in garments.

Any one of these tips will surely work well for you, so don't let static cling win!