Discharging Static Clothes: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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Discharging Static Clothes: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
Discharging Static Clothes: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
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You have found the perfect outfit! However, now that you've put the dress on, the fabric is so static that the dress sticks to you in an unpleasant and unflattering way. That's too bad. Fortunately, static is directly related to dryness and there are some fairly easy ways to stop a dress from sticking to you immediately and in the long run.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Remove the static quickly

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 1

Step 1. Rub the dress with an anti-static dryer sheet

Hold the skirt of the dress away from your legs and rub the underside of the fabric with the dryer sheet. This will be more difficult if the static is a problem elsewhere, such as in the middle of your chest or in a place that is difficult to put a dryer sheet under. Do your best. This way you should be able to remove the static quickly and easily. If done correctly, the static charge should transfer directly to the tumble dryer cloth.

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 2

Step 2. Spray your dress with an atomizer filled with water

Spray the outside of your dress wherever you feel the static sticking to your skin. You can use an old spray bottle that had glass cleaner in it, or a plant sprayer. Just make sure you use something that doesn't spray too much water on the fabric. The idea is to slightly wet the fabric in all areas where you feel the static sticking to you. This will help remove the static quickly, but don't spray too much water on the fabric or spray large areas. You don't want to leave with wet clothes for the occasion you're wearing a dress for. Do not worry; your dress will not become static again once the fabric has dried.

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 3

Step 3. Spray an anti-static spray on your dress

You can buy this spray at some drugstores or online and can help to quickly and easily remove all static from your dress. Spray your dress on the outside wherever you feel the static sticking to your skin. The anti-static spray costs about $20, but some people swear by it. If you have the time to buy this spray or if you happen to have it on hand, this is a good option to get rid of the static.

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Step 4. Spray your dress with a spray can of hairspray

Hold the spray can of hairspray far enough away from your body so that your dress doesn't get the full load. An arm's length should be far enough for it to work. Remember to close your eyes so you don't accidentally spray hairspray on your face. You can also put lotion on your hands and then rub it on your body under the statically charged areas of the dress. Be careful not to use too much lotion. An unscented lotion is probably best, as you don't want to smell too strongly of a moisturizing lotion.

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 5

Step 5. Touch grounded metal

Any piece of metal that goes directly into the ground should immediately remove all static electricity. For example, you can use a radiator, heating pipe, water tap or metal fence. Do not touch metal objects that are not grounded, such as doorknobs. You can then give yourself a big static shock, which can sometimes hurt quite a bit.

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 6

Step 6. Apply a moisturizing lotion to your body where the dress sticks

The lotion prevents your skin from becoming statically charged. If your body cannot be statically charged, your dress will not be able to remain statically charged. This method will be more difficult to perform if your entire dress is statically charged, but if it only involves a few spots, you can give this method a try. You can also use a little talcum powder, but this is more messy than lotion and also has a very recognizable scent. If you choose this method, pour some lotion on your hands and rub it gently on your skin where you can feel the static sticking to your skin. Use very little lotion.

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 7

Step 7. Buy a dress made of natural fibers

Synthetic fibers often become statically charged. It quickly becomes too complicated to explain, but in fact natural fibers hold moisture more easily and therefore prevent too many charged electrons from flying around your dress. If you want to avoid static electricity problems right away, you should probably buy a dress made of natural fibers. Problem solved!

Method 2 of 2: Remove the static in the long run

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 8

Step 1. Increase the humidity in your home

This can help prevent all new static electricity problems. All you need to do is buy a humidifier from your local hardware store and place it in your home. Static electricity is especially common in winter when the air is very dry. Using a humidifier will reduce the amount of static electricity over time. If you don't want to buy a humidifier, you can also just hang your dress in your bathroom after showering. The humidity is higher there and this will solve the problem.

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Step 2. Wash the dress by hand or with a gentle cycle in the washing machine

First check the care label to see if the dress can be washed. See if you can find the washing instructions label inside the dress. It says whether you can wash the dress in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer, or whether it will ruin the fabric. Be sure to check before putting your dress in the washing machine. If you choose to wash your dress, put some baking soda in the washing machine. This can help reduce static electricity.

If you tumble dry your dress, put a tumble dryer cloth in it. Remove the dress from the dryer when the fabric is still slightly damp

Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You Step 10

Step 3. Hang your dress on a hanger in a doorway to dry

Hang the hook on the door frame. If you're going to hang your clothes to dry anyway, like on a clothesline, make sure to hang them on a hanger for the last ten minutes rather than directly on the clothesline. This way there are no wrinkles in the fabric and the dress will not be statically charged.

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Step 4. Walk around barefoot

This may sound crazy, but this really reduces the amount of static electricity your body collects. If you are not statically charged, your dress will not be either. So walk around barefoot when you know you're about to put on your dress. You can also wrap aluminum foil around the soles of your shoes to prevent static electricity, but walking barefoot is probably easier.

Tips

  • If your clothes are statically charged after you've washed and dried them, you're probably over-drying them in the tumble dryer. Next time, set the dryer to a lower temperature and/or dry the laundry for a shorter time.
  • When hanging the dress to dry, keep it away from other clothes and hang it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Washing clothes in hard water can cause static clothes when dry. So install a water softener to avoid the problems with static clothes.
  • Do not wash garments that can only be dry cleaned. Many formal outfits will be completely ruined if you don't follow the washing instructions.
  • If you spray water on your dress, make sure it doesn't get too wet. Of course, you don't want to arrive with a wet dress at the venue you're going to.

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