How to Get Static-Filled Pants to Not Stick to You

by Jaimie Zinski ; Updated September 28, 2017

That familiar “zap” you feel when you walk across a carpeted floor and touch a doorknob or a friend's hand is caused by static electricity. When two surfaces rub together, the electrons from both accumulate as they become attracted to one another. This electrifying attraction is also why pants cling to your legs, a nuisance that is not only irritating but embarrassing as well. This dilemma occurs during the fall and winter months when the air is cooler and drier. End the static-cling cycle once and for all.

Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or into the washing machine's fabric softener dispenser. Aside from preventing annoying static cling, the vinegar also eliminates lingering odors and softens the fabric.

Toss a fabric softener sheet or two to three tennis balls into the dryer with the damp clothing. The tennis balls help the clothing dry faster and cut down on static cling by straightening out the damp garments.

Run a wire hanger between your body and the pants while you are wearing them. The metal helps release the static charge, lessening the chances the fabric will stick to your skin.

Cover your legs with a layer of moisturizing lotion before dressing. The lotion softens any dry skin, which creates less friction when the fabric rubs against your legs.

Remove your pants, turn them inside out and run a fabric softener sheet down the length of each leg. Aside from leaving behind a pleasant door, the sheets will help prevent any further unwanted cling.


  • Switch from rubber-soled shoes to leather loafers or sandals. The leather allows the electric charge to exit your body.

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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.