Static electricity is what causes static cling in clothing. When two different objects are rubbed together, one loses electrons and the other gains electrons. The one that loses electrons becomes negatively charged. and the one that gains electrons becomes positively charged. Transferring these electrons is what causes static electricity. That was your science lesson for the day!
I’m sure you have noticed, that during the cold weather when the air is dry, static cling is everywhere! Indoor air is made even more dry by forced air heating that we have in our homes and other buildings. Synthetic fibers are particularly prone to generating static. Synthetic fibers are found in everywhere, like in our clothing, carpeting and home fabrics. Rubber soled shoes are partially to blame too!
Here’s are some tricks I learned from my husband who knows a lot about electricity. He’s actually an engineer. He told me that metal will help discharge the buildup of static electricity, and prevent static cling. No chemicals or sprays are needed.
You can do it a few different ways.
Attach a safety-pin to the inside of your hem or an inside seam of your skirt or pants to discharge the static. The metal of the safety-pin discharges the electrical build-up in your clothes, preventing that build-up from shocking you or causing the garment to stick to you.
You can also eliminate static from building up in the dryer by attaching a few safety pins to a small towel or washcloth and toss in the dryer along with your laundry. The metal of the safety pins will act like mini-lightning rods for the static!
It also helps to remove the clothing from the dryer just before it is completely dry and hang it up while it is just barely damp.
If necessary, rub a metal hanger over the items of clothing that are stuck together with static (this picks up the loose electrons!) It’s like a fun science experiment! Have your kids try it!
You’ll be amazed at how well these static eliminating techniques work.
Do you have any other tricks you use to eliminate static?