Reduce static cling naturally

Having your clothes stick together—or, worse, stick to you—can be annoying (and pretty embarrassing, let’s be honest). So, to reduce static electricity, many people add a dryer sheet to the drum of their dryer before tossing in their clothes. However, did you know there are several ways you can help lessen static cling naturally? 

What is static cling?

Static electricity is due to an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. The charges will build on the surface of objects until they release or discharge. When different materials rub against each other (like polyester and cotton), negative charges, or electrons, are transferred from one to another. This is why the dryer is so prone to creating static cling. 

How do I get rid of it?

While it’s impossible to get rid of static cling completely, by implementing the following techniques, you can help to reduce it. 

Hang dry – Letting your clothes air dry by hanging them or laying them flat will keep them from creating static electricity because the materials won't be rubbing against each other in the dryer. 
Dry synthetic fibers by themselves – Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon (work-out garments and socks are some of the biggest culprits) charge up other items that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem. Air dry clothing made of synthetic fibers, and then put the rest of your clothes into the dryer. 
Reduce drying time – Over-drying can also cause static cling. Whenever possible, avoid running your dryer for too long. This will help to lessen static cling and keep your electricity costs lower. 

Use vinegar in place of fabric softener – Vinegar can actually double as both a natural fabric softener and static reducer – just add half a cup to the wash cycle. 

Wool dryer balls – Tossing all-natural dryer balls in with your laundry can help shorten drying time, soften fabric, and reduce static cling. 

Following these natural methods will help you to reduce those aggravating little electric shocks, while at the same time keep your clothing from uncomfortably clinging to your body. 

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