The heat is on at my house and the air is dry—and the other day my favorite skirt was bunching up around my knees in a most unattractive way. I won’t use commercial fabric softeners because the chemicals and fragrances literally make me sick. What to do? I turned to the wisdom of Annie Bond to find out how to eliminate static cling easily, inexpensively, and naturally. Now my skirt hangs smoothly once again!
Here are Annie’s six simple tips for getting rid of that nasty static cling:
1. Add either 1/4 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of borax to your wash cycle.
2. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to your rinse cycle.
3. Use an eco-friendly fabric softener (seventh Generation and Ecover make good ones). These are made with vegetable-based surfactants, salt, and natural scents rather than chemicals that cause headaches and other health woes, and environmental damage.
4. Natural-fiber clothing is less susceptible to static cling, so purchase natural materials as much as possible.
5. As soon as you take your clothes out of the drier, shake them out.
6. If your clothes are already clean and dry and they’re clinging, use the metal hanger trick:
For skirts or dresses, put the garment on, then reach up inside it with a metal hanger and brush the inside of the garment, top to bottom.
For pants, elongate the hanger and reach up inside each pant leg, brushing downward.