7 Sticky Static Cling Tips to Stop Fur From Flying
If you’re a pet owner, and you’re like me, no doubt you have one of those sticky lint rollers at home, at work, in the car… you get the picture. If there’s anything worse than watching those fluffy tumbleweeds cascade across the living room floor each time the furnace kicks in, it’s glancing down at your top as you head into a meeting to realize that Fifi is with you in more ways than just spirit.
What you may not realize is that pets shed more during the cold winter months than they do during the summer because indoor heat means dryer air and subsequently fur being cast off faster than you can say “get off the sofa”. Worse, this molting goes well into the spring as animals continue to lose their heavy winter coats.
It also results in extreme static electricity which means all that loose fur is going to cling to your clothes, your furniture, your carpets and drapes.
Is it any wonder that with an estimated 70 to 80 million dogs and almost 96 million cats in the US alone, one of the top cleaning suppliers had a light-bulb moment when it came to tackling fluff and fur and static cling? Here are a few simple tips and tricks you can use to help stop the proverbial fur from flying.
- When you throw your clothes into the dryer, toss in a ball of aluminum foil to help defuse the amount of static cling your clothes come out with.
- Take clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry, allowing them to air dry the rest of the way will better prevent static, due to the reduction of heat and friction between clothing.
- Spray a little water onto dry clothes to help further reduce static cling.
- Place a safety pin on the inner hem of clothing to dispel any static charge, instead of shocking you, the charge will go to the pin.
- Place a damp towel or cloth inside dryer and dry at lowest heat setting. The clothing will not become as dry and susceptible to static.
- Slip clothes with static charge through a metal hanger, just like the safety pin and aluminum foil, the metal hanger will pick up any charge that is in your clothing.
- If you have static cling on clothes you are already wearing, place a thin layer of moisturizing lotion on your skin underneath your clothes. The moisture from the lotion will counteract the dryness of the clothing.
- Use a fabric softener in your laundry rinse cycle. The Downy Ball is a popular product that automatically releases fabric softener during the rinse cycle. There’s also the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus spray, which eliminates static cling and electricity with just a couple spritzes on clothes fresh from the dryer.
Mary Simpson is an animal-loving writer and communications professional. A soft touch for anything stray, she shares her century home with an eclectic collection of rescues that include orange tabby Chico, tuxedo Simon, and jet black Owen. She enjoys running, politics, exploring local wine regions and is an avid supporter of the “shop local” movement.
Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and two felines who prefer to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife
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