Spring is just around the corner, but for now we are still in the hazy, cold and dry depths of winter. Often in our day-to-day tasks, the dryness is perpetuated when it comes to our laundry.
Static cling can be a nuisance at best, and at worst an unpleasant, jolting surprise! If you’ve had enough of pulling your clothes out of the dryer in bunches, clinging together, you’re in the right place.
What is it?
Let’s take your favorite pair of pajama pants and a sock as an example. They come out of the dryer clinging to each other because of static electricity. They cling to each other because they have opposite electrical charges. In dry conditions when two different types of material are in contact (think pajama pants and a sock) sometimes they exchange electrons. This may leave the pants with a positive charge, and the sock with a negative charge. And as we know from science and love, opposites attract. And that is why your sock and your pajama pants stick together.
How to get rid of it!
Moist air discharges electricity because the water vapors in the air actually pick up the charge and take it away. That is why static is worse in the winter or in dry areas. With that in mind, here are a few ways to eliminate the static electricity in your dryer.
First off, just dry your clothes less! Over-drying your clothes causes more static. Don’t let your dryer run so long and you’ll cut back on static. You’ll also save energy and have fewer wrinkles.
You can also try dryer sheets. They usually have an antistatic ingredient that coats the clothing to prevent static. However, some clothes do not fare well with dryer sheets so be sure to read your labels.
Wool dryer balls absorb the moisture from your clothes in the dryer and in turn keeps the air more humid. Dryer balls can also reduce dry time and fluff your clothes for you! Try using 4-6 dryer balls, or more if you’ve got a massive dryer.
If you don’t want to buy a dryer ball you can wad up a large piece of aluminum foil and toss that in your dryer too. The foil discharges the static when the clothes come in contact with it. If you have a lot of static, you can use more than one ball to be sure that it touches each item of clothing.
Nylon and polyester fabrics don’t play nice with other fabrics in the dryer. They are made to dry fast. So while your other fabrics are drying at regular speed, your performance top is building up a charge. Try separating these out to help prevent static electricity.
Lastly, take two safety pin and put each one on a separate item in your dryer. The metal will discharge the static.
These are some quick fixes to a common problem. But if you find that you don’t have any static because your dryer isn’t working at all, call Peter’s Appliance. The family-owned and trusted appliance repair company is address your needs whether it’s your dryer or any other appliance