|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Static cling in clothing can be a difficult problem to overcome at times, especially when an individual wears clothing such as silky items or nylon stockings that seem to be static magnets. While these types of material used in making clothing can be problematic, there are a number of other factors that contribute to creating static cling that we do have control over and need to be addressed. Everything from living in a home that has low humidity in the air to a person that has excessively dry skin can create static electricity, and there are certainly measures that can be taken to prevent static cling and remove it quickly when it becomes an issue.
Step 1: At home you can get rid of static cling by making certain that a fabric sheet is used in the clothes dryer that is designed to prevent static cling. When doing laundry never allow the drying cycle in the clothes dryer to run to completion - remove clothes and hang them when they are 95% dry. This simple step allows a small bit of moisture to remain in the clothing that will not be noticed but will make a huge difference in preventing static cling. Another excellent trick to get rid of static cling in clothing is to keep a small spray bottle filled with distilled water in the corner of your closet. Before getting dressed spray the clothing to be worn with a fine mist of water and any potential static cling issue should be resolved.
Step 2: Avoid using a lint brush on clothing immediately before getting dressed, as the friction on the fabric can create the electricity that leads to creating static cling. Even exposure to sources of static electricity in electrical components such as simply turning off a television can infuse clothing with static cling, so due diligence needs applied.
Step 3: Another source in the creation of static cling in clothing is the amount of moisture on our skin which when contacted by the presence of body hair causes static electricity. This can be avoided by getting dressed immediately after showering while your skin is still moderately damp. If this is not possible, applying a moisturizing cream daily will usually do the trick in keeping skin supple. Lastly, when it comes to getting rid of static cling in clothing such as pants and stockings a simple measure such as a women keeping her legs clean shaven can remove the hair that is the source of static cling.