How many times have you faced this situation – You put on a beautiful dress only to realize that it is clinging to your body in all the wrong places! Now, before we jump start into the quick and easy hacks to rid your clothes of static charge, it is important that you understand the science behind this small yet annoying everyday struggle.
Static charge appears in dry weather or when fabrics tend to rub together (mostly inside the washing machine), leading to an excessive amount of negative charge build-up on our clothes. And, when the negative charge on the clothes comes in contact with the positive charge on the skin, our clothes stick to our body in the most unbecoming manner. Fabrics like silk and wool are more prone to getting static charge. Now that you know the science behind static charge, let’s check out the ways to prevent static charge build up on your clothes.
1. Use fabric softener
One of the simplest ways to keep your clothes from static charge build-up is using a fabric softener during the wash cycle. The fabric softener help lubricate the fabric, ultimately preventing any static charge build-up.
2. Rinse garments with vinegar
Vinegar makes for an excellent natural fabric softener which helps prevent static charge build-up on clothes. Just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, and let it do the rest of the task for you! You can also make a homemade fabric softener by mixing vinegar and water in a 6:1 ratio, and adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil!
3. Dab some moisturizer on your skin
Another easy way to get rid of static charge is applying moisturizer on your skin. Since static occurs in dry weather, moisturizing your skin helps prevent its build-up, and keeps the garment from clinging to your body.
4. Slide a wire hanger over your clothes
This hack comes in handy when removing static from silk garments. Simply glide a metal hanger over the outfit before putting it on. The metal will attract all the static charge and pull it away. Another easy way to prevent static build-up is to tuck a metal safety pin inside your clothes. This tiny metal piece will help prevent any static build-up on the garment.
5. Put them in the freezer
Another easy way to help prevent static build-up on your clothes is to put them in the freezer for 15 minutes, before putting them on. This will help infuse enough moisture into your clothes to eliminate any static that has built up.
6. Use a hairspray
Spraying a light amount of hairspray on your clothes will help prevent static build-up. However, remember to apply the spray from a distance, as using it too close may leave a mark on the garment.
7. Run wet hands over clothes
Get your hands wet and slide them over the garment to help prevent static build up on your clothes. This hack works on all kinds of fabrics. However, avoid using this method when you are wearing silk garments (as silk doesn’t respond well to water).