It’s that time of year, when we’re stuck indoors. The atmosphere inside is dryer and laundry just seems to have more static. If you don’t want to use all those chemical-laden dryer sheets or fabric softeners to keep static at bay in your laundry, here are a few helpful hints that you might not be aware of:
1. Vinegar Reduces Static And Softens As Well
To reduce static and soften laundry, you can either add white vinegar to the fabric softener section of your washer or you can spray an old sock or washcloth with white vinegar and toss it in during the drying cycle. Don’t worry, the scent will evaporate and your clothes will come out static free. You can also add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (mine is lavender!) for a clean, fresh scent.
2. Hang Dry Certain Items
You’ve done your laundry enough times to know which items are the real offenders for creating static. It’s typically only a couple of items that create a whole static ‘ball’ in the dryer. A smart solution would be to hang dry these items and leave them out of the dryer completely. It seems like a simple change, but, if you’re like me, you may sometimes be on “autopilot” when doing laundry and don’t really think about it until you’re peeling apart your clothes from the dryer.
3. Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
You can take a soft material, like tee shirt material, cut several squares into approximately 5X5 Inch squares and add your favorite essential oil scents to them to be used in the dryer for a nice clean scent. After a few uses, launder your dryer sheets to keep them fresh and clean. You can create other ones that would be sprayed with White Vinegar to reduce static in the dryer.
4. Don’t Over Dry Laundry
One of the biggest instigators of static, besides the material itself, is over drying laundry. If there is absolutely no moisture left in the laundry, this invites static to build up. A good idea would be to take your laundry out before over drying. Chances are, it will air-dry the remainder pretty quickly anyway and will save you energy and dryer time in the meantime.
5. Dampen Hands Before Taking Out Laundry
If you missed the opportunity of any of the above to prevent static before it starts, be sure to dampen your hands before removing your laundry from the dryer. Fluff your laundry around with dampened hands to re-add a bit of moisture and help to prevent static cling.
6. Wire Hangers Eliminate Static!
I’m not sure why, but I used to have an aversion to wire hangers, thinking of them as maybe old fashioned or something that my parents would have a lot of in their closet, but now I realize they probably had them for good reason! I had read about this but wanted to try it for myself. I used a sweater that always seems to collect static and, sure enough, it worked! If you have static in a clothing item and need a quick fix to “de-energize” the static, run a wire hanger all around and through the item. It will ‘discharge’ the electrical buildup from static in that garment. It really works! It’s not the fact that it’s a hanger, it’s the metal that does the trick. Really, any metal will work.
If you have a sweater or clothing item that you love to wear but it is notorious for attracting and holding static electricity, you can place a safety pin somewhere on the inside to discharge the static.
I don’t know about you, but I was ecstatic (pun intended) to find natural ways to eliminate static. I hope you find these tips helpful as well.