I’ve had enough of my fleece jackets and socks sticking together – not to mention how embarrassing it is to have a sock stuck to the inside of your pants! So I’m testing every “trick” to see which one(s) really work. Before we start it’s always good to know what you are fighting against. I looked up static electricity in the dictionary:
stat·ic e·lec·tric·i·ty a stationary electric charge, typically produced by friction, that causes sparks or crackling or the attraction of dust or hair
My theory is that the detergent left in our clothing, along with the friction in the dryer creates static electricity. Some homes have more static than others which could be caused by the different laundry soaps and humidity levels.
- Humidity – Since it happens in the winter when the air is dry, I figured the amount of humidity in the air should make a difference. I brought down my humidifier from my bedroom and let it run in the laundry room but I didn’t see any real difference.
- Dryer Balls – I’ve tried the plastic dryer balls before and didn’t see any difference so I thought I’d try the natural wool dryer balls. I definitely saw a difference but I think it might depend on the amount of lanolin in the wool.
- Foil – Lots of people on the internet recommend using foil to get rid of static. I rolled up one ball of foil and didn’t see any difference. When I added a second ball and it seemed to get a little better.
- Dryer Sheets – I know dryer sheets work well, but I want to give you healthier options.
- Air Drying – One sure fire way of avoiding static cling is to air dry your clothes. I remember my mother talking about wash day in her home while she was growing up. Every Saturday, they would wash the clothes and set up drying racks all over the house. This is definitely not an option for me.
- Damp drying – One thing you can try to do is time your laundry so you leave your clothes damp, take them out and hang them on a hanger. You won’t get any static and you will actually hang the wrinkles out of the clothes.
- Vinegar – The acid in vinegar breaks down the buildup of detergent in your clothes and leaves them softer and less apt to get static. But if you use a hot setting and your house is already dry it really won’t make that much of a difference.
- Safety pins – I thought this wouldn’t work because it’s so simple. You attach two safety pins to two different pieces of clothing. This simple trick works wonders for reducing static cling.
- Hang your clothes on a metal hanger. If you have static on your clothes after they come out of the dryer you can hang them on a metal hanger.
- Spray distilled water on your clothes as they come out of the dryer. If they are still warm the water will reduce the static and evaporate fairly quickly.
- Place a damp cloth or towel in the dryer for the last few minutes of the drying cycle. It will work like spraying them with the distilled water, but with less work. You need to make sure you take out the clothing before the towel dries or you’ll be back to static cling!
What actually worked…
I have to say that the safety pin trick worked much better than I expected. By just pinning a few safety pins to my clothes I was able to reduce the static without using any chemicals. If I combine the wool dryer balls with the safety pins I got rid of most of the static. My next test is to attach the safety pins to the dryer balls. I’ll keep you posted!