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11 simple tips to get rid of.. static clothing!

Everyone knows the problem - static clothing! We've got 11 simple tips to get rid of this problem! Read and learn more below..

Dry air and friction create electrical charge in your clothes (and hair) which can result in the crackling of your clothes while putting them on or getting shocked when you touch someone. You'll notice that in winter, static electricity builds up quicker than in summer. This is especially noticeable when humidity is low - for example through using more heating indoors. In addition to drought, there are also some types of fabric that build an electric charge much quicker, like polyamide, acrylic and wool. 

Now that we know what causes static electricy, we want to give you 11 simple tips to prevent static clothing!

1. Metal hanger

Before putting on your favorite silk shirt or top, glide a metal clothing hanger through the inside of the item - the metal discharges the electricity, thereby removing the static. Got no metal hanger at home? Don't worry, you can also use another metal item! 

2. Safety pin 

Hiding a metal safety pin into the inside seam or pocket of your garment. The metal prevents that static electricity conducts by touching something - easy and nobody sees it!

3. Change your shoes

Do you like to wear leather shoes (for preference with a leather sole)? Treat yourself to a new pair of shoes! Wearing leather shoes will help you stay grounded while leather does not build-up electrical charge as easily as a rubber sole. 

4. Washing fixes

If you want to preventively unload your clothes? Add during a machine wash a little bit of vinegar or a small tin foil ball into the washing machine. Caution; don't add tin foil into the dryer and don't use vinegar with bleach - a dangerous gas may occur.


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5. Fabric softener

Use fabric softer to your wash - it's gives a fine fragrance to your clothes and feels soft - fabric softeners contain chemicals designed to stop electricity from building. 

Fabric conditioner/vinegar to prevent static charge

6. Dryer

In clothing, static cling occurs from static electricity, which is usually due to rubbing, therefore lay your clothes flat to dry. Air drying is better to preserve your clothing and prevents it from developing too much electrical charge. If you want to use the dryer, use the following tips to prevent your clothes from static cling: Place one or two dryer balls in your dryer. They help prevent clothes from becoming too stiff - without chemicals - and reduce the contact between the clothes and the dryer machine, which result in less static electricity. As soon as the dryer stops cycle, remove it.
Place a damp washcloth in the dryer for the last 10 minutes - it prevents the air inside the drying machine from becoming too dry. This tip also works best if you pull out the clothes as soon as the cycle stops.

7. The Laundress Static Solution Spray

A simple solution to get rid of static clothing! Spray directly between the two fabrics causing static, wait a few seconds and flatten the fabric with your hands for the best result - a necessary product to carry at all times!

8. Hairspray

Hairspray holds your hair in place for hours, but is also a quick and effective solution to discharge static electricity from your clothing. Turn your garment inside out and hold the spray 30 centimeters or more from your clothing - so you avoid spots - and spritz.

9. Body lotion

It feels soft and moisturizes your skin and it prevents that silk shirts stick on your skin. Avoid this very easily by rubbing your skin with lotion.

Body lotion to prevent static clothing

10. Freezer

A static sweater or shirt? Put it in the freezer for half an hour and it discharges static electricity from your clothing.

11. Natural Fibers

If you want to prevent static electricity issues going forward, it's probably just to buy clothes made out of natural fibers like cotton and linen.

In search of more tips on preventing static charge? Then read our blog '6 tips to prevent static hair.'
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