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4 Foolproof Methods to Reduce Static Cling

How to reduce static cling in the dryer

It’s easy to reduce static cling in the dryer. Here are four simple and foolproof methods for cling-free clothes.

What Is Static Cling?

When two objects are rubbed together, such as two different fabrics in the clothes dryer, one will lose electrons while the other will accumulate them. This electron exchange causes them to polarize resulting in attraction. When the two objects are separated, a charge imbalance will occur causing static cling, scientifically known as contact electrification. In order to reduce static cling in the dryer, you need to balance the electrons with ions.

How to Reduce Static Cling

Line Drying: One of the most cost effective and efficient ways to reduce static cling is to hang your clothes rather than using a clothes dryer, which causes static cling.

Dryer Sheets: One of the most effective ways to reduce static cling in the dryer is to use a commercial product designed for this purpose such as dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are coated with a fatty material that when heated rubs off on clothing leaving an inconspicuous layer of oil that prevents static cling and makes the fabric feel soft to the touch.

Vinegar: Use ½-cup vinegar as you would fabric softener.

Damp Clothes: Overdrying your clothes will cause static electricity to increase. Removing them early will help to eliminate static cling.

Wet-hand Solution: If your dry load is already statically charged, wet your hands as you remove the clothes and fold them.

 

Resources

“The Mosaic of Surface Charge in Contact Electrification .” Science . N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2011/06/22/science.1201512

“CCMR – Ask A Scientist!.” Cornell Center for Materials Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. .

“Asbestos and Libby Health- Health Resources.” Future Students – The University Of Montana. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.

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