Don’t you hate pulling a load of clothes from the dryer only to discover they are riddled with static electricity? While this shouldn’t cause any lasting damages, it can make your clothes stick and cling to one another. And with the fall season right around the corner, static dryer cling will only become more commonplace as we progress further into the year.
The Science Behind Static Dryer Cling
Static dryer cling is the result of a scientific phenomenon known as the triboelectric effect (also known as triboelectric charging). This effect occurs when certain materials, such as wool, cotton or similar fabrics, become charged with electricity through the friction. If you run a comb or brush through your hair, for instance, it can produce static electricity through the triboelectric effect.
When clothes are placed inside the dryer, they are susceptible to the triboelectric effect. The constant turning of the drum generates static electricity through friction – the clothes rub against the side of the drum, which in turn charges them with electricity.
How To Prevent Static Dryer Cling
There are several different ways to prevent static dryer cling, one of which is to simply remove your clothes from the dryer before they are completely dry. As long as there’s at least some moisture inside the unit, the clothes shouldn’t become electrically charged. Static electricity requires a dry, non-humid environment to thrive. Alternatively, you can place a damp washcloth inside the dryer.
Another idea is to line-dry your garments instead of using a clothes dryer. By placing your clothes to dry outside, they won’t rub generate electricity through friction; therefore, you don’t have to worry about static cling. Line-drying is also a cheaper and more energy-efficient way to dry your garments.
There are products available designed specifically for the prevention of static dryer cling. A pack of rubber spiked balls is one such product that can make a world of difference in your battle against static electricity. These balls work by separating the clothes in the dryer so they don’t rub against the side of the unit.
Static dryer cling is certainly a nuisance, as it makes folding and putting up your clothes more difficult. You can combat this problem, however, by following the tips mentioned here. If you can’t seem to control your dryer’s static electricity, try placing a damp washcloth inside. The added moisture will discourage the formation of electricity, allowing you to remove your clothes without them to sticking to one another.