Static power and laundry go seem to go hand in hand and the colder and dryer the air outside, the more difficult the static. While some fabric softeners reduce static, they occasionally contain chemicals and chemicals you may not want on your own laundry or skin. Basic supplies from the pantry stop static as well, and may soften the fabric to boot.
Vanishing With Vinegar
White vinegar not only can help prevent laundered items from becoming stuck together from static, it also relaxes them and kills bacteria. Add 1/4 into 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle after washing the materials in your usual style, or fill out the fabric softener reservoir using vinegar for a set-and-forget option. Vinegar also will help keep soapy residue from clinging to the clothing through the rinse cycle.
Banish With Baking Soda
Baking soda also helps cut back on static cling problems while keeping whites white and brights glowing. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle together with your favorite laundry detergent. Rinse as usual, or together with vinegar for extra benefit. Baking soda softens the water, which means you’ll need less detergent to get the task done.
Avoid Static Magnets
Particular fibers and fabrics are more prone to static than others. Whenever you can, swap those man-made materials such as polyester or rayon for organic fibers such as cotton or bamboo, that are much less subject to static cling. If some static-laden laundry cannot be avoided, clean all such items with each other to maintain the problem limited to the same load instead of affecting loads with mixed fibers.
Shake It Out
Static cling occurs whenever the items in the dryer become hot and completely dry in an environment devoid of humidity. Stop the load while the items are slightly damp, then shake out each piece to help prevent static cling. Allow items to line dry or air dry the rest of the way. If possible, completely line dry the laundry to avoid static cling altogether. Either way, you’ll cut energy costs and static cling in the exact same moment.