How Can I Remove Static From My Dress?

Cut through static for smooth, shock-free clothes.
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Static electricity doesn't just deliver a painful shock -- it can also cause some seriously embarrassing fashion blunders. If your dress develops a static charge, it may bunch or ride up, revealing quite a bit more skin than you'd like. Static seems to come and go at will; but if you're prepared for it, you can quash static no matter where you are. By following a few easy tips, you'll deftly steer clear of a wardrobe malfunction.

Dry your dress in the clothes dryer on the lowest heat setting for about 10 minutes. To keep static from building up in the dryer, toss in a damp washcloth, dryer sheets or a couple of dryer balls. Avoid this approach if your dress is made of wool, as drying can damage the fabric.

Wear leather-soled shoes instead of rubber-soled varieties. Rubber accumulates static charges as you walk across the floor; leather soles do not.

Dust your skin with baby powder, or apply a generous layer of moisturizer. Both of these products keep static from building up on your skin.

Dampen your hands with water, then run them lightly over your dress. Water desensitizes static charges.

Rub the dress with a dryer sheet to diffuse static electricity instantly.

Fill a spray bottle with one part fabric conditioner and 30 parts water. Mist the dress when it feels like static is creeping up. Alternatively, a few spritzes of hairspray will do the trick.

Slide a metal hanger between your body and the dress to eliminate the static charge. This works well for delicate fabrics, such as silk.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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