Winter might be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean we’re free from dryness or static in our homes. One of the biggest culprits is our laundry, but we can also see static in our hair and on surfaces in the home. There are a variety of things you can do to decrease static, including things like hanging laundry to dry, using dryer balls instead of sheets, and making sure we use moisturizer in our hair and on our skin. I’ve rounded up several DIY ideas that can help you remove static from your life.
Static often comes from the dryer. This appliance causes your clothes to rub together causing a lot of friction and static electricity. One of the best ways to reduce static in your clothes is by targeting the source.
Some people use fabric softener, while others use dryer sheets or dryer balls. There are many ways to soften your fabric, all of which can help reduce static from your laundry. These are also easy ways to do it yourself.
- Homemade Dryer Sheets: View from the Fridge has an eco-friendly, reusable dryer sheet that you can use in the dryer. Gather together some fabric scraps, a sealable glass container, some vinegar, and your favourite essential oils.
- Wood Dryer Balls: I’ve actually switched to dryer balls as they are reusable, which makes them much more cost-effective. I haven’t yet tried to DIY them, but here’s a great tutorial from Practically Functional on how to create your own. All you need is wool yarn, pantyhose, scissors, washable yarn, and your favourite essential oil.
On Your Pet
During thunderstorms, pets often get riled up because there’s extra static in their fur. In order to help them out, we can remove static from their fur with an everyday household product.
- Wax Paper: Rub wax paper on your pets to help comfort them. It’s a really easy and inexpensive way to help keep their fur static-free. One Good Thing by Jillee has a list of other uses for wax paper, too.
In Your Hair
Raise your hand if you have felt personally victimized by static hair. What a pain! You might be aware of using a dryer sheet to pat flyaways down on your head. Instead, try this hack to make things even easier.
- Dryer Sheet on a Hair Brush: Poke the bristles of your hair brush through a dryer sheet, and brush your hair as normal. This simple hack will make your mornings that much easier.
On Your Skin
How many times have you accidentally shocked someone with static electricity? When avoiding static, one of the best things you can do is make sure your skin is well moisturized. While many people have their favourite moisturizers from top brands, here is a great DIY alternative for you to try out at home.
- DIY Skin Moisturizer: The Refreshanista makes a DIY version that includes a highly moisturizing Vitamin E lotion. It’s also pretty easy, with a short list of ingredients that includes cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and some more of your favourite essential oil.
What DIY projects do you use to get rid of static?