Get Rid of Static Cling Cheaply, Without Dryer Sheets

If you’re trying to rid your laundry room of all those pesky and life-threatening chemicals found in conventional detergents, fabric softener, and the like, you may be having a hard time figuring out how to stop static cling. After all, using baking soda in place of fabric softener seems a little silly if you have to continue using toxin-laden dryer sheets, and the plastic dryer balls found in many organic and health food stores are made with PVC, which you should definitely try to avoid. So how to stop shocking everyone you touch this winter? As per The Laundry Room on

  • add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to your wash’s rinse cycle using your machine’s dispenser.
  • since static cling is caused by synthetic materials, switch to cotton and you’ll rid yourself of cling almost entirely.
  • take the laundry out of the dryer before it is over dried.
Photo credit: Christian Haugen

There are also additional benefits to the vinegar, if you choose to go that route. It kills bacteria and prevents the build up of detergent residue.

I decided to test out the vinegar route on a load of darks that get washed on a regular cycle. I washed them in cold water and put in my usual 1/4 cup of baking soda instead of fabric softener. I was afraid that using the baking soda and vinegar on the same load would leave my clothes with a weird film or smell or something, but instead they were amazingly soft. After I threw the clothes in the dryer, they were static free and softer than they have ever been–with just the chemicals in the detergent (getting rid of that is my next step toward a green laundry room.

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