Solutions to remove static electricity from clothing

If putting on your favorite blouse or dress has become a nightmare and it seems that you have fallen into a pool with your clothes on because of static electricity, do not worry, there are some remedies to end this uncomfortable problem.

The static electricity of clothing occurs when a synthetic fabric garment remains in contact with another for a long time. This results in a collision of electrons generating an electrical charge, something that happens, for example, inside the washing machine and the dryer where clothes constantly collide with each other.

The first solution to prevent your clothes from being charged with electricity is in lthe way we wash:

  • Use short programs without spinning, since it is the moment when, without water, the clothes collide with each other at the highest speed.
  • Add a little baking soda after the soap.
  • Add a lot of fabric softener and especially in the last rinse, as this product reduces friction between the fibers. If you have to hand wash the garment, use fabric softener during rinsing.
  • You can also add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse.
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But without a doubt, where the most static electricity accumulates is during the garment drying process. In this sense, we recommend:

  • Dry the garments in humid spaces such as the bathroom or the laundry room.
  • Hang them directly on a hanger.
  • For extreme cases, place a metal object such as a dessert spoon or a safety pin on wet clothing.
  • If you have no choice but to use the dryer, in addition to using short and lower intensity programs, use specific wipes, or else, insert a ball of aluminum foil the size of a tennis ball or a ball of wool hooked with a safety pin.

A quick and urgent solution


If it is a new garment that you have to wear for a special event and you cannot wash it at that time, there are quick fixes.

  • Rub it against a metal surface Or, put a safety pin inside the garment and even carry something metallic in your hand so that the load does not accumulate on the body and go directly to the metal.
  • Spray hairspray throughout the garment, previously checking in a corner that it does not stain or damage the fabric.
  • Moisten with a spray bottle the clothes with a little water.
  • Uses moisturizer on your body to prevent electricity from being transferred to the garment as dry skin increases this effect.
  • If you wear polyester stockings, change them to silk ones preferably.
  • Avoid rubber-soled shoes and opt for those who wear it in leather.
  • Use one of the existing sprays on the market for this type of problem.

And the best thing, when you go shopping, remember to read the composition of the fabrics and opt for garments of cotton and linen.