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6 tips to prevent static clothing

By Victoria Cowan, 14 December 2021

Static clothing, it’s enough to make everyone crazy! Which is why My Jewellery has put together the best 6 tips to prevent static clothing.

Static Electricity

What exactly is static electricity? It’s an electrical charge on a thing or person caused by the build-up of electrical tension in badly conducting fabrics. Often this is generated through friction between items of different materials, such as plastic and synthetic clothing. Alternatively, you could always choose non-static materials such as cotton and linen. Because, static clothing, we simply don’t want that! If you’d still prefer other fabrics, then we’d like to introduce you to the best 6 tips to prevent static clothing in our My Jewellery blog.

1. New shoes are always a good idea

Shoes with a rubber sole can cause a big electrical charge, which is why leather shoes are a much better option, as leather keeps you grounded. Yes, you heard us! We’ve just given you an excuse to shop…...So, get yourself some new leather shoes now!

2. Wash away the static energy

While you’re washing your clothes, try adding a little bit of vinegar or a small ball of aluminium foil to the washing machine. That way you’ll make sure your clothing is always free of electric charge and you won’t have any more static clothes. Be careful though: silver foil isn’t allowed in the dryer and you absolutely can’t use vinegar and bleach at the same time. Fabric softener will also remove the charge from your clothing. Kill two birds with one stone: clothing that smells amazing & doesn't shock you every time you wear it!

The dryer actually causes static electricity. So, try to hang your washed clothes outside or on a drying rack which will prevent your clothing from being electrically charged. Plus, it also preserves your clothes much better! Can’t be bothered hanging up all of your clothes, and would you still prefer to use a dryer? Always add dryer sheets which will prevent your clothes from getting too heavily charged. Adding a moist face flannel in the final 10 minutes of the drying cycle will also help to prevent some of the electric charge because it stops the air from getting too dry. And pppsstt, there are also anti-static dryer sheets! Final tip, pull your clothing from the dryer straight after it’s done.

3. Spray your clothes to prevent static

Hairspray will keep you hair in place for hours, but this hair product is also the perfect tool to prevent static clothing! Spray the hairspray onto your static clothing from a 30cm distance, however, do make sure you turn your clothing inside out. Bit of a miracle product hairspray, isn’t it?! Think hairspray is a little too potent? Use a plant sprayer filled with a little fabric softener and water. Use it to spray the inside of your clothes and voilà fresh smelling clothes and no more static!

4. Body lotion all the way

Synthetic blouses will often stick to your skin. To prevent your clothing from becoming static, it’s a good idea to lather yourself into body lotion

5. Metal prevents static clothes

Sure, we love all those on-trend colourful clothes hangers in your wardrobe, but you’re better off getting metal clothes hangers for your clothes. Pull your clothes over a metal clothes hanger, and this will take away the electric charge. You can always use another metal element to prevent static clothing, for instance a safety pin. Just carry it around in the pocket of your favourite static dress or skirt, and it will pull all the electric charge into it which means you won’t get any more nasty electrical shocks. Easy peasy!

 6. Freezing your static clothing

Brrrr…..the easiest but also craziest way to remove the electric charge from your static clothing is to pop it into the freezer for 30 mins. After which you can put it in the sun to warm up, and within minutes you’ll be wearing your static free clothing.

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