How to Get Static Out of Satin

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How to Get Static Out of Satin
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Things You'll Need

  • Dryer sheet

  • Dryer balls

  • Aluminum foil

  • Washcloth or rag

  • Piece of metal

  • Lotion

Satin is the term used to describe a fabric that is weaved in such a way that it has a high, glossy sheen. It can be made from many types of materials, including silk, polyester, rayon or cotton. When a satin fabric rubs against another fabric or item, it can change from a neutral to positive charge. This causes the static, which occurs most often in a hot, dry environment. To get static out of satin, try one of several effective techniques, but read the fabric care label first to avoid damaging the material.

Step 1

Add a dryer sheet to your dryer to reduce static when drying your satin fabrics. You can also add two or three dryer balls to the dryer. Dryer balls are available where laundry supplies are sold and minimize how much the clothes rub together. Alternatively, crumble a 2-foot-long piece of aluminum foil into a ball and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. The metal helps neutralize static that forms in the dryer.

Step 2

Turn the dryer heat to the lowest setting and add a moist washcloth or rag to the last five to 10 minutes of the drying cycle. This little bit of extra moisture can reduce static in the dryer.

Step 3

Hang satin garments up to dry rather than drying them in the dryer. The hot dryer is where the satin fabrics often become statically charged.

Step 4

Run a piece of metal, such as a metal hanger, along your body between the satin and your skin. The metal helps neutralize the static charge so the satin does not cling to your body.

Step 5

Moisten your skin with lotion before putting on satin clothing. Rub it in and wait about five minutes for the lotion to dry. Then, put on the satin clothing. Moistened skin reduces the likelihood of static occurring when the fabric touches and rubs up against your skin.


Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.