Static cling—ugh, one of my fashion nightmares! I don’t know exactly what causes this pesky clothing situation (certain fabrics? Cold and dry winter air?), but I do know that it’s extremely annoying…and hard to stop. That’s why I wanted to share a few ideas for how to shake out that static cling. Whether they work or not, well, you’ll have to be the judge of that. 😉
If there’s just a little bit of static in a garment once you’ve already put it on, I sometimes find that a quick splash of water can help ease the situation. I’ll get my hand wet and then flick it on the outside as well as the inside, between the clothing and my skin. This simple trick only works for the slightest amount of static.
Another popular method to reduce cling is using a lint sheet, like what you would put in the dryer while doing laundry. I always keep one of these in my purse in case of a static emergency! 😉 Similar to the water, you use the sheet to rub up and down along the fabric, both on the outside and on the surface touching your skin. Again, this method isn’t great, but it can certainly help.
With clingy dresses and skirts, I generally put the garment on and then run my hands through it. Meaning, I pull the bottom up to my waist and then pull down, while applying lots of pressure with my nails (but being sure not to tear anything!). I don’t understand why this helps sometimes, but it feels like you’re actually pulling the static right out of the clothing. A theory I have is that static can be brought on my skin contact/long leg hair (hello winter, wink wink), which is why I generally wear tights underneath a static-y dress or skirt.
My best method for removing static? This Static Guard spray. I think I bought it at Target, but it seems to be available at most drug stores. I prefer to spray it straight onto my clothing in the morning once I get dressed and realize there’s a static problem. Although, after reading some reviews and comments online, it seems there are lots of ways to effectively use this spray (it may even prevent pet hair from clinging to you!).
I would say this product works 8 out of 10 times, which is pretty dang good considering static is near impossible to get rid of. It’s also extremely easy to use—just spray on clothes, wait a minute or two for it to dry, and off you go! It smells kind of like hairspray when you first spray, and it just feels cold, not super wet. The can claims that it’s safe on all fabrics—I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I have not had any trouble with stains or damage. I would definitely recommend this product, and you can buy it here!
Unfortunately, I think this sassy leopard dress may be beyond repair. I have worn it twice and both times it was ridiculously static-y, even after trying all of my methods. I probably should have known that it was cheap fabric when I bought it, but it was just so cute and inexpensive. I guess I’ve learned my lesson!
Do you have any tips to get rid of static cling? Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Miles of smiles,
Cream Asymmetric Coat: Francesca’s, $60 // Black Tights: Nordstrom Rack, $10 // Leopard Dress: JCPenney, $11 // Beige Fringe Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, $90 // Brown Sunglasses: hand-me-down // Black Elephant Clutch: Francesca’s, $20 // Static Guard Spray