Static electricity builds up when acrylic rubs against other fibers in a heated environment, such as when they're in the dryer. While it’s generally harmless, static electricity within a sweater will rob the fabric of softness and cause it to cling to other materials as well as your skin. You can prevent this static electricity during your usual laundry routine. If you’re already wearing the static-ridden sweater, you can still reduce discomfort by neutralizing the static charge.
Static Reduction After Doing Laundry
Glide a metal hanger throughout the inside of the sweater. Rub another hanger along the outside of the sweater. This will neutralize the static charge.
Dampen a dryer sheet and rub it on the sweater.
Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the sweater with the mixture.
Moisturize your hands and arms with lotion before wearing the sweater. The moisture will reduce any remaining static electricity.
Static Prevention While Doing Laundry
Separate natural and synthetic materials before doing laundry. This will prevent static electricity from spreading to clothing made of natural fibers.
Add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to your washing machine when washing the sweater. This will soften the sweater, destroy mildew and reduce static cling.
Put a fabric-softening sheet in the dryer along with the sweater. Remove the sweater as soon as it's dry or while it is still damp. The more you over-dry the sweater, the more static electricity will develop.
Moisturize your hands with lotion or dampen them with water as you fold the dry sweater.
Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as Synonym.com and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.