Wear a slip under a dress or skirt to keep it from clinging to your pantyhose.

Quick Fixes for Static Cling on Clothes

by Grace Riley

Static cling is a commonplace nuisance that has both common and uncommon solutions. The pesky phenomenon results from too little moisture in the air. Then, as you hurriedly get dressed for work or rush around the office gathering papers for an important presentation, your clothes rub together sparking friction in the dry air, which is why static seems to occur at the worst possible moment. Fortunately, you have a variety of quick fixes at your fingertips, whether you are at home or the office.

Run the bottom of a wire hanger across the two pieces of fabric wherever the static is causing them to cling together. The metal will break the electrical charges between the garments, allowing them to hang naturally. Do not run the hanger across your leg if your skirt or pants are clinging to your pantyhose -- the hanger could cause the static to give you a tiny shock.

Rub an unused dryer sheet on the fabric. Rub the sheet on the static-afflicted garment as well as the garment to which it is clinging.

Fill a clean spray bottle with water. Mist the static-plagued area of the garment lightly. The water will compensate for the dry atmosphere, which is the root cause of the static. Read the care labels on the garments to ensure it is safe for them to get wet before you apply any liquid.

Lightly dampen your hand with water then gently run it along the fabric where static is present. Your palm should only be as damp as it would be after you wash and towel-dry your hands.

Put on a slip under your skirt or dress to curtail static and prevent it from returning. Add a silky camisole under a clingy blouse or sweater to help banish static for the rest of the day.

Items you will need

  • Wire hanger
  • Dryer sheet
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Slip
  • Camisole


  • Lifestyle maven Heloise recommends creating an environment that wards off static before it strikes. Run a small desktop fountain in your office or use a humidifier to keep the atmosphere from becoming too dry.

About the Author

Grace Riley has been a writer and photographer since 2005, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers such as the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She has also worked as a school teacher and in public relations and polling analysis for political campaigns. Riley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies, political science and history, all from the University of Arkansas.

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