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.

By Annie B. Bond

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Kim C.
Kim C.3 years ago

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.

Marianne B.
MARIA B.3 years ago

good info thanks

Lynn C.
Lynn c.3 years ago

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

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

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

Kamryn M.
Kay M.3 years ago


Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

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

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lynn Porter
5 years ago

wonder filled!

Jan C.
j C.5 years ago

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.

gail d.
gail dair5 years ago