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