How to Eliminate Static Cling With Homemade Remedies
Static Cling Can Be an Embarrassing Problem!
Have you ever walked into a room only to discover that your skirt or dress was bunched up in your slip? Or maybe you once shook a friends hand and felt a jolt of electricity rush up your arm? If so, read on to find out how to make your own remedies for the problem of static cling.
The reason for these phenomena is static cling. Thanks to science and research, man has come up with numerous techniques to get around this embarrassing, relentless and annoying problem. Today, there are fabric softeners, dryer sheets and static-guard sprays (among others) that you can use to keep static cling at bay. Our anti-static spray, fabric conditioner and tumble dryer sheets recipes will help you to eliminate the embarrassing problem of static cling!
In this article, you will learn how to make homemade:
Liquid Fabric Softener
- Anti-Static Spray
- Fabric Softener Sheets
You will also learn why homemade products are:
- Better for the Environment
- Better for Your Health
- Better Value for Money
Lastly, you will learn one simple trick that will surprise you but which you can use anywhere if you are caught out by static cling!
If you have ever experienced static, then you have something in common with the early Apollo astronauts! But after landing on the moon, their problem was far more serious. Moon dust clung on their tools and spacesuits, causing great concern.
Commercial Static Treatment Products May Contain Harmful Chemicals
However, as much as using fabric softeners and dryer sheets may be effective in static control, they do contain toxins that cause great damage to your health as well as the environment.
The chemicals used in fabric softeners are designed to be active on your clothes for a specific period of time. When their active period expires, they slowly seep out of the fabric and can be absorbed directly through the skin's pores or inhaled.
As a result, you stand to be a victim of intoxication from chemicals like neurotoxic toluene, styrene (a carcinogen), tri-methyl-benzene and other respiratory irritants like xylene, thymol and phenol.
Instead of using these chemical based products why not use environmental friendly remedies that you can make from the comfort of your home?
How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener
There are three common ways to come up with a fabric softer:
- The simplest and probably the cheapest way to develop your homemade fabric softener only needs you to have one ingredient: vinegar. Vinegar is effective, nontoxic, and anti-microbial. Additionally, it also helps in removing soap residue. Just add this product while rinsing and you will have reduced static cling to a great extent.
- The second technique requires vinegar and another popular do-it-yourself cleaning agent, baking soda. Just mix vinegar and baking soda in a ratio of 6:1 (six parts vinegar to one part baking soda). Baking soda is not only a natural softener but it also deodorizes laundry. During the rinse cycle, only use ½ a cup and you will eliminate static electricity generation from your laundry.
- This is the most popular recipe for making homemade softener. You will need to mix 2 parts hair conditioner with 3 parts vinegar and 6 parts water by stirring and not shaking. Then you can use half a cup of the solution per rinse cycle.
The above three options are the most effective, but another traditional method not to be underestimated as a fabric softener is the old tennis ball trick. Whilst not, strictly speaking, a homemade remedy, but to soften your clothes, put just a couple of clean tennis balls in the dryer and you will see results. These are effective as a softener and good at stopping static cling because of the rubber in the tennis balls (this tip appears in the video below as well!).
Homemade Anti-Static Spray
Making your own anti-static spray is not rocket science. After reading the description below, you will hate yourself for having purchased static guard spray.
You will need three things:
- A cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener (use the recipe for the home-made softener explained above).
- A spray bottle
Put the water and the liquid softener into the spray bottle and shake well to produce an evenly mixed solution. You now have an anti-static spray ready for use.
To stop static cling spray lightly over your clothes or even car seats. In case you do not fancy any smells you can use a natural but fragrance-free fabric softener.
You can also use it to eliminate static from rugs and carpets (best to test on an inconspicuous area first, though)
It should also be noted that this spray should never be used on dry-clean-only fabrics such as silk.
Homemade Fabric-Softener Sheets for Your Tumble Dryer
To make your own fabric softener sheets you will require the following items:
- A natural Fabric Softener
- Squares of re-useable fabric
- Warm water
- An airtight container to store the wipes
- Mix 3 parts of the warm water with one part of natural fabric softener by stirring. You may use cold water but warm/hot water definitely works better for getting an even solution very quickly
- Once a fine mixture is made, place the fabric squares inside the storage container. The easiest way is to just stack them flat in a plastic lunchbox type container.
- Now pour the water and softener solution over the wipes, put on the lid and swish a little to disperse the liquid. You want to end up with cloths that are not dripping wet but which are dampened thoroughly.
You are now the proud producer and owner of homemade fabric softening sheets.
When doing laundry, combine one load of laundry with a single fabric square to get the desired softening and static cling removal results. After a while, you may find that the fabric squares from your storage box may have dried out a little but this is normal, and from experience, will work just fine.
You can reuse fabric squares by refreshing them with more of the solution.
My 'Secret' Tip for Static Cling You Can Use Anywhere!
If you are having problems with your skirt or dress clinging to you and riding up - which can be unflattering and embarrassing, a little hand cream can solve your problem!
Often, the problem is caused because of friction building up a static charge where your dress or skirt (or its lining) rubs against your legs, particularly if you are wearing stockings or tights.
Make a habit of keeping a small tube of hand cream in your purse or bag; when static cling strikes, go to the restroom and apply a little hand cream onto your legs where your skirt touches (if you are wearing stockings or tights, apply it over the top of them!).
You only need a very thin film, not as much as if you were applying it to your hands for protection. It adds a little moisture, reduces friction and should solve the problem. It works for me, and the absolute best product I have tried is , which contains silicone! Avon hand cream
This Video Has Some Helpful Tips On Dealing With Static!
Benefits of Using Homemade Anti-Static Products
For starters, by using homemade products, you definitely know what you have and how they work. Unlike commercial cleaning products, unless you are a chemist, you probably have no idea of some of the ingredients used—or what the long-term, cumulative exposure to these chemicals might be.
Secondly, most of the home-made products are multi-purpose. For instance, baking soda softens water, deodorises and removes greases, scrubs porcelain and does dozens of other things. Vinegar can also be used to clean windows, mirrors, disinfect bathrooms, kitchens just to name a few.
Finally, you save on costs. The start-up cost of acquiring some of the supplies may sound out of this world, but once you have everything in order, you will be good to go. According to research findings, it is estimated that one ounce of homemade anti-static formulas cost about a tenth of the price of a similar commercial product.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
I am looking for an anti-static remedy for cats, can you help?
Thank you for your question, there is probably enough scope for a whole new article here! A few simple tips are: 1) Use grooming tools that will not make static build-up worse (Teflon-coated combs instead of plastic, for example) 2) Moisten the cat's fur with water before grooming (most cats dislike the sound of a spray bottle, so a soft washcloth wrung out and smoothed over the fur is a good way to do this). 3) Use hand cream on your own hands before stroking or grooming your cat. 4) Check the humidity of your home and if necessary install a humidifier. Very dry air will make the problem worse. 5) Finally, a quick fix is to scrunch a pair of nylon pantyhose into a pad and wipe all over your cat's fur - this method is very effective in the short term, but it will need to be repeated daily, at least.Helpful 5
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