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We don't use dryer sheets because I can be allergic to those sorts of things. But a few days ago we washed a throw - I think it was flannel? - and a few other things. I was trying to separate out the throw from the other things and it was literally like I was handling a giant pile of electric eels. I was being shocked - hard - repeatedly. I had to drop the pile and get my boyfriend to do it. It was a killer!!

Someone said to wash them with vinegar I think - does this really help??


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I've heard of vinegar for color but not for static.

I'm assuming you use a dryer. The static builds up the last few minutes when the dry clothes continue to rub over one another. If you can't use a softener then you might want to try removing your clothing 5 minutes earlier than you normally do so they are damp and then let them hang to dry on a drying rack.

There is also a new "sensitive" sheet on the market you might want to give a try. I don't know the name of it but I think it's by Bounce.

I have not used these but theres also Static Eliminator Re-Usable dryer sheets.

Another option is to continue to let DB do it. shocked

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Yes, Bounce does make a dye and perfume free dryer sheet. I've been using them for a few months now. Love them!

But, there are other allergen-free liquid softeners you can put on a rag & toss in the dryer, too.

I hate, hate, hate static electricity! It hurts!

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Yes it was just SO incredibly painful, it was amazing. I didn't think a piece of fabric could get that nasty.

OK I will look for the Bounce solution and give that a try! I normally don't think of myself as being that sensitive but for example I recently got a french Lilac soap from Avon to try and after I used it my entire back and shoulders were covered with a rash. I don't know what they put into that soap but it doesn't agree with me!!

Thanks for the ideas!


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OK we were actually out of the house shopping yesterday (We were "mall walking" to help my boyfriend's bad back) and I got some dryer balls -



http://www.amazon.com/Dryer-Max-DB-MC12-Set-Balls/dp/B000E202KM

Has anybody tried these? I thought they might be a good no-allergy alternative. I'm seeing now that the review says you need to use more than 2 for it to really work, so maybe I'll have to get more of them ...


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Pop in a ball of aluminium foil when you dry your clothes. It should disharge the static each time it touched your clothing. I saw this on ehow and it worked for when I tried it. Use a ball about the size of a tennis ball. Drying on low will also help.

Hair condition will do the same thing as fabric softener, too. Just mix it thin and watery. The site I saw this one said 10 to one ratio of water to conditioner. I just eyeballed it when I tried it out. Seemed to do a decent job.




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Yikes is that safe?? I was worried about all that static electricity in the dryer in the first place, thinking it could start a fire or something.

OK I just looked all over the web and can't find any dangers of aluminum balls. Lots of people apparently do it. I'll have to give it a try! I did find many sites that say dryer lint is very flammable so I'll have to make extra sure I clear that all out.


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I was worried to death, too. As long as it is crumpled tightly and you use low heat, you should be fine. The dryer itself is metal, zippers are metal, and buttons...and so on.

Hair conditioner does the same thing as fabric softener, coats the fibers. Might be a better bet if you are worried about fire, I know I haven't done the ball thing very often only in real need.


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OH you know you're right, there are already metal zippers and buttons going around in there. I didn't think about that. So a ball shouldn't be that bad ...

I think I'll do some laundry today smile


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OK We're using the blue spiky balls plus an aluminum foil ball now. The clothes do seem softer and less static-ey than usual, but there is still some static. Maybe we need a larger ball or two of them ...


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We had gotten a second set of balls and Bob's band mate stole them before we could use them. So we just got ourselves a second set today smile These things are good!


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Aluminum foil.. I hadn't heard that before? It doesn't mark up the clothes? We tried those dryer resuable chem free cloths for a while, and they worked, but after about 4 months, it was getting so bad we had shocking like Lisa did. I washed them (several times) like the box said, but it made no difference.

So we've been back to the Bounce free for a while, but I hate using it.


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Aluminum doesn't "dissolve" in the dryer so it doesn't leave any marks at all on the clothes. The ball is round so it doesn't "pull" at them at all either. So all it does is discharge the electrical build-ups.

In a sense, the whole interior of the washing machine is metal, so it's no different than the clothes touching the inside of the washing machine, except that it also removes the static smile


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Any reason your BF's friend stole LAUNDRY stuff? isn't that just bizarrrrrre? wink

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Oh! I was trying to figure out what you were responding to smile

Bob's bandmate has a very serious allergy issue and can't use any dryer sheets or such. So Bob brought him our second pair (still in the container) to look at. He wanted to give them a try and I guess they're working for him smile

They're only $9 so I consider it fair enough!


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well, that is v. nice of you. smile

Do you crumple up balls of aluminum foil, or are these things that are sold?

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Yes Bob just asked him about the balls and he really does like them. So now he has two and we have four. It seems like having four does a better job than just two smile

For aluminum foil, you make a ball about the size of a tennis ball with regular old aluminum foil smile It discharges the static electricity in the dryer as the clothes dry smile


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What a neat idea.

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I know that a little hairspray will take the static cling out of skirts or dresses when they are clinging to your legs, but I do not know if that would be feasible for an entire 'throw'. You may have to use too much, then it would smell like hair spray.


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I'm allergic to hair spray - if I put even a little hair gel in my hair to make it curly, and then I go to sleep without taking another shower, my whole face starts to turn red. So for me the point of using these balls is to avoid fabric softeners and additives - for me hair spray would be just as bad (if not worse) than the softeners.


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what about water in a mister bottle?

I make sure to put some nice thick hand lotion on my hands before removing and folding things from the dryer. I don't get shocked that way. smile

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How big are the blue anti-static dryer balls, Lisa? Tennis ball size, ping pong ball or golf ball size? I read one of the consumer reviews that said that you needed more than two. I was just thinking if they are anywhere near tennis ball size that will take up a lot of space.

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They're a bit smaller than tennis ball sized, but really they don't take up any space at all. I mean, your clothes go in "flat" and damp and then fluff up over time anyway, so there is always extra air in the dryer for them to dry properly. Right? Or are you somehow filling the dryer completely full of damp clothes?


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True. I was just wondering how many it would take to get the job done and how large they were.

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They actually say in reviews to use six but even so I don't think of that as taking up space in a dryer. It's like the size of six more socks smile I only use four and they're doing well!


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Lisa, did you ever try the vinegar trick?

A friend of mine uses vinegar and also a little essential oil.


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I use eco Select unscented dryer sheets which work just fine for me. I have a friend who is allergic to all commercial products and some natural environmental proponents as well. His worst nightmare is walking past a Bath and Bodyworks store in the mall!

Here is my problem with static. Every time I get out of my car I get zapped! In my mind I have invented some sort of natural anti-static saturated material that is manufactured into a slip cover for car seats.

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Oh Shay I am completely with you there!! I get zapped by EVERYTHING. My car electrocutes me all winter long. But I found it was 100% tied to what I wore. A specific jacket of mine would ALWAYS get me zapped but if I changed to another jacket I was safe. I just wore a shawl (a nylon one I think) all day yesterday and I was zapped constantly. I changed out - I'm fine.

So I really don't think it's the car seats. Look into the jacket you're wearing or the clothes. That is probably the problem smile

Julie - I really don't want to add vinegar to my clothes. I hate the smell smile


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