Static cling can be a frustrating annoyance, but it’s easy enough to prevent. If it flares up and you’re in a pinch, you can use hairspray or hand lotion to get rid of that irksome cling.
When I do laundry, I don’t do anything to prevent static cling from happening, because most of my wardrobe doesn’t cling. But a few of my clothing items do, and I’m always caught off guard when I wear them. I’ve found that a thin layer of hand lotion, lightly rubbed on the garment and where it’s sticking, works well to get rid of the static.
Over at Jezebel, writer Erin Gloria Ryan can vouch for this trick:
One tried-and-true desperate but MacGyvery move that used to be an office mainstay of mine is to sneak off to the bathroom with a bottle of lotion and just rub it on the part of your tights that are clinging to your skirt (or the part of your skin that’s sticking to your pants, or the part of your Spanks that are sticking to your kilt, or whatever). Let it dry for a bit and then continue on your merry way.
She’s listed a number of other ways to banish the cling, so be sure to check out the full post.
Aside from hand lotion, I’ve also found that a light mist of hairspray will work well too. I just spray on the inside of my clothing, and it seems to reduce the static electricity.
Of course, whatever method you choose, you also want to take care not to damage your clothing. The smallest amount will go a long way.
Picture: Shawn Campbell