How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in Blankets

Dry air and polyester blankets create a perfect storm of static electricity, but it's easily remedied by using a humidifier in the bedroom when dry weather hits. If you don't have a humidifier, you have other options to combat static electricity in your bedding, such as choosing materials that don't conduct electricity.

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Natural Material Blankets

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Get away from blankets that create static electricity in dry weather by switching to bedding made from natural cotton, wool, silk or linen materials. Blankets made from acetate, rayon, polyester and nylon are more likely to conduct static electricity in dry conditions.

White Vinegar Rinse

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While you can certainly use fabric softeners and sheets to reduce static cling and electricity, 1/2 cup of white vinegar added to the washer's rinse cycle not only softens bedding, it reduces the static charge. White vinegar doesn't add a waxy substance to laundered items either, as liquid fabric softeners and sheets do, and it helps bedding smell fresh and clean.

Hang Bedding to Dry Outside

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Hang your bedding outside on a clothesline to dry. This small step accomplishes two things: It reduces static cling while refreshing bedding as it dries. Along with the benefits of no static charges and the fresh air smell, the ultraviolet rays of the sun kill germs and bacteria. If you must use the dryer, add a damp hand towel to the last 20 minutes of the cycle to cut down on static electricity, or throw in a tightly crumpled ball of aluminum to help discharge static electricity. The aluminum doesn't get hot.

Discharge the Bed

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Run a dryer sheet or a wire hanger over the blankets before you get into bed. The dryer sheet reduces static cling and electricity, while the wire hanger discharges built up static before you get into bed. You can also wring out a wet washcloth and run it over the bed to add moisture and prevent static charges.

Add Moisture to the Room

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Turn on a water feature in your bedroom a few minutes before you go to bed if you have one. A simple dresser-top or wall-mounted water fountain releases moisture into the room and cuts down on static electricity. You can also run a humidifier to add moisture to the air and reduce or eliminate static shocks.

Hand and Body Lotion

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Remove the static charge from your body by applying lotion to your arms, legs, hands and face before bed. If your hair retains a charge, lightly moisten your hands and run them over your head. You can also dampen a brush or comb, and run either one of them through your hair to reduce your chance of being shocked.