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No More Static Cling!

No More Static Cling!

There is only one reason why fabric softeners and dryer sheets are added to the washing machine or dryer: To eliminate static cling!

But commercial fabric softeners can make you sick. According to a study by Anderson Laboratories, many commercial formulas emit chemical fumes like toluene, styrene and phenol that can cause acute respiratory tract inflammation and irritation.

But what to do when dry winter air makes static-laden skirts scrunch and bunch, and pants creep up to your knees?

Learn the easy all-natural ways to banish static cling from your laundry, including the fabulous metal hanger trick that you can use on already-clean clothes!

1. Add either of these cling-busting additions to your laundry wash cycle:
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup or less borax

2. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

3. Switch to a “green” fabric softener, like those made by Seventh Generation or Ecover, made with vegetable-based surfactants, salt, and natural scents.

4. Choose clothing made from natural fibers; they don’t get static cling as readily.

5. Shake out your clothes when you remove them from the drier.

6. The metal hanger trick for already-clean clothes: Put on the garment. If it is a skirt or dress, simply reach up underneath it with a metal hanger and brush the inside of the garment with it, top to bottom. If it’s pants, elongate the hanger and reach up inside each pant leg, brushing downward.

Read more: Home, Household Hints

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:34PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I don't like most products made out of synthetics. I prefer natural fibers usually. I will wear 50/50 T shirts. Tops, pants, skirts and underwear are cotton. The exception are bras and I wash them by hand..

I have to go to the laundromat to do most laundry. I seldom use the dryers. I bring my wet, clean clothes home and solar dry them year round. It is also free to dry that way.

9:04PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

good info thanks

1:57PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I like the vinegar idea - the hard water in this area is mitigated somewhat, so it also helps to remove any remaining soap.

12:19PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I've always used vinegar and the clothes have never smelled vinegary.

2:40PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012


5:25AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

I just use Eco products. Giving the clothes a good shake gets rid of static too.

6:56AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:08AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

wonder filled!

12:11PM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

For those of you who must wear pantyhose which makes you skirts ride up, try a slip. Of course, you may find the skirt stays down, and the slip now rides up!~~~I, too, use vinegar in the rinse cycle (it helps to remove the laundry detergent from the clothes and it deodarizes.) I still have to use dryer sheets in the winter to combat static cling.

12:18AM PDT on Mar 18, 2010


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