Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Get Rid of Static in the Dryer

It is never the one I would have guessed, but the most-visited post on my blog (by far) is on how make your own dryer balls.

They are great, I admit, but not very exciting until you realize how much money you save by using them: no continual cost (like with laundry softener or dryer sheets), and your laundry dries much faster, saving on your power bill, as well as wear and tear on your dryer. As a bonus, you also get fluffier laundry and more absorbant towels! Fabulous, right? Mostly.

The one down side to using these instead of dryer sheets (or laundry softener) is that the wool balls don't do a bang-up job of eliminating static.  Nothing like looking for that lost sock, only to have someone at work peel it off the backside of your pants.

I began searching for a solution when winter came this year and we seemed to have static coming out the wazoo.  This is my first winter of overcoming the dryer sheet habit and I had no idea of the amount of electricity that evidently is generated in that contraption and transferred to our pants, shirts, socks, towels, and unmentionables.

One great way of dealing with the static is to put 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washing machine.  Your clothes will not smell of vinegar, I promise.  The problem for me, however, is that I always forget to catch the load as it is going through the rinse cycle, and I do not have a built in dispenser for my way-behind-the-times-but still-chugging-along washing machine. What to do?

 One suggestion I found, other than the vinegar, was to take a long sheet of foil, wad it up into a big ball, and toss it into the dryer with your load.  I went a step further with this and made not one or two, but three foil dryer balls.  Disappointingly, it was a bust; I saw no discernable reduction in static.

The next possible remedy I found during my professional research (Googling "how to get rid of static in the dryer") was the "safety pin solution." This sounded even crazier than foil balls, but what the heck - I was willing to give it a go.  The instructions were to attach several safety pins to a couple of items you were putting into the dryer, along with the rest of the load.  I didn't want to put the pins directly into our clothes and potentially leave permanent holes, so I decided to just put some directly onto my dryer balls and toss them in.

Would you believe it worked?  Crazy as it seems, it was a success.  No socks stuck to cotton boxers, no running shorts stuck to nightgowns. Now I don't have to give up my beloved woolen dryer orbs and go back to dryer sheet dependance. I am happy once well as static-free!


  1. Unbelievable! This will be great for me because I have a ton of safety pins lying around. It is better to do it naturally anyways, than all of the stuff in laundry sheets. Thanks for the tip!

    1. You are so welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. I just checked your post on how to make the dryer balls, how awesome! This new tip, unbelievable! Thanks Patty!

  3. I'm making my dryer balls today...need to run them through the washer and dryer. Thanks!

  4. I have been using the foil balls along with my wool dryer balls and they do work. However, I love this natural approach and will be trying this!

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