There are lots of things the lady-folk/folkettes agree on in our house. One of them is that we absolutely hate coming home with hairs —that do not belong to us— clinging to our abayas, skirts, socks, you name it. Ugh! Yuck! Gross!
Reality being what it is, here are some solutions to this nasty little problem.
-`ღ Mom ღ´-
Static Cling 101. Static electricity is what causes static cling. When dry materials rub against each other they exchange electrons which creates an electrical charge. This charge builds up to become static cling which causes two objects, like clothing and hair, to stick together.
We go for maximum effect in our family and so use multiple approaches! I’ve marked our favorites with a red asterisk *:
- Avoid garments made with synthetic materials* (polyester) as much as possible; choose natural fibers instead (cotton, linen).
- Add ½ cup baking soda* to the wash cycle.
- Add ½ cup borax* to the wash cycle.
- Add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Line dry* your wet laundry. This is something we do even in the winters. Dryers cause a build-up of static electricity.
- If using an electric dryer, shake out the clothes as soon as you take them out of the dryer. Avoid over-drying clothing.
- Pin a safety pin* inside the hem of your abayah, skirt, pant-leg, slip, etc.
- Rub lotion* on your legs and socks, on the bottom of slip or on the inside of the hem of your clothing item. Make sure the lotion won’t ruin the fabric or the socks.
- Use eco-friendly fabric softener* or anti-static spray, not chemical-based ones. Seventh Generation makes one (no affiliate/pay for this good ole advice).
- De-charge the garment with a straightened metal clothes hanger. Put on the clothing item. Reach up inside it using the hanger and brush inside the garment in a top to bottom motion.