Does your skirt or trouser cling to you like a child who clings to its mother when he/she doesn't want to go to school? The reason for it may be static cling, and it can be very bothersome. Your clothes clinging to your body, your hair flying in every direction, the 'shocking' experience you have every time you shake hands with or touch someone; all of these problems are reminiscent of the despicable natural phenomenon called static cling. Imagine getting late for work, and reaching in a mess like this! Doesn't look too good, does it? Probably most of you tend to assume that this problem is just 'in the air' and cannot be taken care of? Fortunately, there is a remedy to help you rid yourself of clinging pants and skirts, and frizzy, flying hair. Here are some home remedies that explain how to get rid of static cling.
Usually, it is dryness that causes static cling, which is why you may find it more prevalent in winter than in summer. What makes it more dominant is the usage of materials like polyester and wool. That is why your skirt sticks to your pantyhose, your trousers stick to your legs, and when you wear a pull-down sweater or a blouse, it rubs on your hair and makes it prone to static cling too. These problems can be easily eliminated when you follow some simple home remedies like the ones given below.
Remedies for Clothes
When you try these home remedies, you will notice that your skirt and your trousers fall well, as they are meant to, and don't bunch up around you because of static cling.
- The first remedy is to eliminate its cause, i.e., dryness. Keep your skin moisturized at all times by using a suitable non-sticky body lotion. It protects the skin from drying and keeps the static cling away. Even if you are at work, carry a bottle of moisturizer with you, and use it whenever you feel the need to.
- If possible, use a humidifier to keep the environment around you moist. Usually, spending long hours in an air conditioned environment, or just winter, also causes dryness and static cling. Another way to keep your surroundings humid is by placing several plants around you.
- Try to wear clothes made of natural fibers rather than polyester. Cotton and linen do not attract static cling, as opposed to polyester.
- Rub the insides of your clothes with a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet eliminates the static electricity by absorbing all the buildup. Alternately, you can also put a dryer sheet in the wash along with your clothes.
- When your clothes are being washed, add about ¼ cup vinegar or borax to the rinse cycle. Also, use an eco-friendly fabric softener to wash your clothes with.
Static electricity can also build up on the hair, and have it happily zooming off in all directions. These are some of the remedies and prevention methods for the same.
- As your skin needs to be moisturized to eliminate static cling, so does your hair. To do that, use a moisturizing conditioner whenever you wash your hair. Try to avoid the use of a hair dryer, particularly in winter. Also, perform a weekly hot oil treatment to keep your hair moisturized.
- Avoid using plastic combs or brushes while brushing your hair, as it has the ability to cause static cling. Try to use a brush that has bristles made of natural fiber, or a rubber comb.
- While styling your hair, spray a small amount of hair spray on your comb and run it through your hair. Hair spray is capable of controlling the buildup of static electricity in dry hair.
- Rubbing the dryer sheet on the hair has also been found useful.
- Lastly, if you are pulling synthetic or woolen clothes over your head, rub them with a dryer sheet before you wear them so that the possibility of static cling is considerably reduced.