Tired of finding lint, dust and pet hair stuck to your clothes due to static cling? Static cling is a phenomenon that occurs when static electricity attracts small particles to a garment of clothing. You’ve probably experienced it at some point in your lifetime. If you rub your feet across the ground during a lightning storm, for instance, you may develop static cling on your clothes. So, how can you protect your clothes from static electricity?
Rub with Dryer Sheet
One of the easiest, and arguably cheapest, ways to eliminate static cling from clothes is to rub it with a dryer sheet. Available for just a couple bucks per box, dryer sheets are inexpensive and readily available at most general home goods stores. The next time you notice static cling on your shirt or pants, take a single dryer sheet and rub it across the surface of the fabric. It should neutralize the electrical charge immediately.
Rub with Aluminum Foil
If you don’t have any dryer sheets available, try rubbing a crumbled-up ball of aluminum foil across your clothes. Take a small piece of aluminum foil, crumble it into a small ball, and rub it across your clothes to eliminate static cling. It works just as well, though it won’t leave your clothes smelling nice and fresh afterwards.
Spray with Water
Of course, another solution to deal with static cling is water. Good old fashioned H2O will neutralize static cling with minimal effort. Don’t just saturate your clothes in water, but instead use a spray bottle to gently “mist” over the fabric. As the water reaches the fabric, it helps to control the magnetic properties of the static; thus, eliminating the static cling.
You might be surprised to learn that there are special spray products designed specifically for static cling. Known as anti-static sprays (for obvious reasons), they offer another method for dealing with this phenomenon. Simply spray the anti-static product over your clothes, at which point it should no longer be statically charged.
Going back to the basics of physics, you can eliminate static cling by grounding yourself — or in other words, touching something that’s grounded. If you’re at home or in the office, for instance, try touching a doorknob. This should ground you; therefore, eliminating static cling.
These are just a few methods to deal with static cling on clothes.