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Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to Stop Static on a Dress from Clinging to You

How to Stop Static on a Dress from Clinging to You

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


If you have a lot of time
  1. 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.
  2. 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's 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.
    • Adding baking soda to the washing machine can help reduce static cling.[1]
If you don't have a lot of time
  1. Get an anti-static dryer sheet.
  2. Hold the skirt of the dress away from your legs and rub the underside of the fabric with the dryer sheet.
  3. If the dress still clings a bit, get a spritzer bottle filled with water and wet the fabric lightly.
  4. If you have anti-static spray (available at some retail stores), use as directed.
  5. If you're wearing pantyhose, spray aerosol hairspray on them. You can also rub lotion on your hands and then rub your pantyhose.[1]
  6. Touch grounded metal. Any piece of metal that goes directly into the ground will instantly remove static.
  7. Apply any moisturizing lotion on your body where the dress is clinging. The lotion prevents static from building up.
  8. Pin a safety pin inside the hem of the skirt.



  • When you hang the dress to dry, keep it away from other clothes, and in a fairly well-ventilated area.
  • If your clothes have static after you launder them, you are likely over-drying them in the dryer. Next time, use a lower setting and/or dry for a shorter amount of time.
  • Laundering clothes in hard water can cause static in the clothes when dry, so installing a water conditioner to remove the hardness can prevent static hassles.


  • Do not wash a garment that is dry-clean only! Many formal outfits meant for a few wearings (like prom, bridesmaid, and the like) will be completely ruined if the washing directions are not followed!
  • If you spritz your dress, be careful not to get it too wet, or the dress will be wet when you get to whatever event you're going to.

Things You'll Need

  • A clinging dress
  • Dryer sheets
  • A spritzer bottle with water (optional)
  • A hanger

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