Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to Stop Static on a Dress Clinging to You

You've got the perfect outfit! But two times you put it on, there is so much static that the dress is clinging to you uncomfortably and unflatteringly. Since static is directly related to dryness, there's a few easy ways to stop a dress from clinging.


1. Hand or machine wash the dress on the gentlest cycle available. But first check the label to see if the dress can be washed (see Warnings below). If you are machine drying the dress, put a dryer sheet in with the dress, then take the dress out of the dryer while it is still slightly damp. Hang the dress on a hanger in a doorway, with the hook hanging on the doorframe. If you hang-dry your clothes anyway (like on a clothesline), make sure that it is on a hanger for the last 10 or so minutes.

2. Hang the garment on a hanger in an area with some humidity (a bathroom works well) and wait. The static will die down over time.

  • If you don't have a lot of time

  • Adding baking soda to the washing machine can help reduce static cling.

3. Get an anti-static dryer sheet.

4. Hold the skirt of the dress away from your legs and rub the underside of the fabric with the dryer sheet.

5. If the dress still clings a bit, receive a spritzer bottle filled with water and wet the fabric lightly.

6. If you have anti-static spray (available at some retail stores), use as directed.

7. If you are wearing pantyhose, spray aerosol hairspray on them. You can also rub lotion on your hands and then rub your pantyhose.

8. Touch grounded metal. Any piece of metal that goes directly in to the ground will instantly remove static.

9. Apply any moisturizing lotion on your body where the dress is clinging. The lotion prevents static from building up.

10. Pin a safety pin inside the hem of the skirt.