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How to Reduce Static Cling from a Polyester Shirt

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By teachsarahr8

My Laundry Question

I recently washed and dried a top (according to the tag) that is 97% polyester and 3% spandex. Now the fabric is sticking together, like static, it should be free flowing.

Share a Little Background Info

I washed the top in cold water and hung it up to dry. I then washed it according to the tag ( cool water, low heat dry). I tried ironing it on a cool iron setting and it didn't help. I am embarrased to wear it because it hangs in chunks.

Lessons Learned

  • I have tried to wash the fabric a couple of times. I always use a gentle cycle, low heat, no lint in the dryer. I use fabric balls and laundry soap from Norwex every time I wash and dry. I am at a loss:((

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

97% polyester 3% spandex

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

One of the easiest ways to reduce static cling is to add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Since your shirt is already clean, just add 1/4 cup of vinegar to a sink or bucket full of water. Add your shirt and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the shirt and allow it to drip dry.

It would be better to always allow it to drip dry or remove it from the dryer while it is still damp and hang to dry.

Good luck!

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