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8 Genius Tricks for Getting Rid of Static to Make You Look Put Together
And no, we won’t be recommending dryer sheets.
Use a wire hanger
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A wire hanger can take back some of the electric charge that causes your clothes to stick to you. Run a clothes hanger along the inside of your outfit—it works especially well with silk—right before or after putting it on to keep static at bay. Here are more genius uses for spare wire hangers.
Try fabric softener
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Use fabric softener when you wash your clothes to cut down on cling. Once your clothes are ready to wear, add a tablespoon of fabric softener to a spray bottle of water and spritz it on trouble spots for a homemade version of Static Guard. Here are more fixes for common wardrobe malfunctions.
Toss in dryer balls
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Throw a couple of dryer balls into your next load to minimize each item’s contact with others. For a DIY alternative, crumpling aluminum foil into plum-sized balls will do the trick. Don’t miss these things you never knew could be cleaned in the washing machine.
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You probably keep a small bottle of hand lotion in your bag anyway, so here’s another great reason to dig it out. Rub a bit of hand lotion on the spot that your clothes keep clinging to. By the time it dries, you’ll be static-free. Lotion can buff handbags too.
Just add water
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When your clothes have about 10 minutes left in the dryer, add a damp rag and continue on the lowest heat setting. Dry air contributes to static, but the wetness from the rag will keep the air moist. Here are more tricks for an easier laundry day.
Wear a safety pin
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That bit of metal will hold some charge to prevent static from building up through the day. Place a metal safety pin on the inside of your clothes where it won’t be seen.
Spritz on hairspray
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Adding a bit of hairspray to your clothes can help get rid of that annoying cling. Here are more unbelievable uses for hair spray.
Separate natural from synthetic
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Mixing natural and synthetic fabrics, like tights with a cotton skirt, makes you more prone to building up static. Avoid wearing outfits that mix the two, and prevent a buildup on clothes by keeping them separate in the dryer.