We’ve almost all dealt with it at some point. After running the dryer, you find two shirts stuck together, and when you try to pull them apart you hear that all too recognizable crackle. Static Cling.
But what causes Static Cling? And how do you prevent it or get rid of it? In today’s blog, we’ve got a few easy tips that may help you fend off the notorious Static Cling and will try to explain why it happens in the first place.
What is Static Cling?
Static Cling is caused by the presence of excess static electricity. But where does it come from?
As your clothes tumble in the dryer, the fabrics often rub together or against the inside of your dryer creating static electricity. As the fabrics rub together in the dry environment that is the inside of your dryer, they can give each other a positive or negative charge as they exchange electrons.
Just like magnets, when two oppositely charged pieces of clothing collide they can sometimes stick or “cling” to one another. This usually happens with two different types of fabric.
How you can prevent static cling
Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets – An easy way to help reduce or prevent static cling is to find a good fabric softener or dryer sheets. Dryer sheets and fabric softeners are typically positively charged and create a neutralizing “barrier” on negatively charged clothes to reduce cling.
Something to keep in mind when using fabric softeners or dryer sheets is to regularly clean your lint filter. They can leave behind residue that can make the lint filter or screen less effective so try to get in the habit of washing it every few times you use your dryer.
Hang Dry – Another solution is to hang dry your clothes. This way there is no rubbing to create the static electricity in the first place.
Separate Fabrics – Synthetic fabrics are notorious for causing static cling. By drying synthetics like polyester and nylon separate from the rest of your clothes, it may help to reduce static cling.
Reduce Drying Times – Try to check your clothes and adjust drying times so your clothes are just dry at the end of the cycle. Letting your clothes tumble longer than necessary without any moisture creates the perfect environment for static cling.
Dryer Balls – You can also try using dryer balls. These will typically be made of plastic or wool and help to keep your clothes from rubbing together as much.
How to get rid of static cling
If you’ve already ran your clothes through your washer and dryer and are now stuck with static cling there are also a few things you can try to help get rid of it.
Dryer Sheets – Dryer sheets can be helpful even after using your dryer. If you’re already wearing the clothes the trick can be especially helpful, simply run a dryer sheet over them to help reduce the static.
Wire or Metal Hangers – You can also try running a metal or wire hanger over the clothes to neutralize or absorb the charge.
Anti-Static Spray – There are a number of anti-static sprays available that you can apply to your clothes after you’ve washed and dried them.
Armed with these tips, hopefully we’ve helped you to win the battle with static cling. If you found this post helpful, be sure to like it and share it with a friend! Have any other tips for beating static cling or questions? We’d love to hear them in the comments.
Written by: Sarah Walker