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Polyester shirts

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    I was wondering if anyone had any tips/home remedies for getting static electricity out of shirts & shorts. I find the polyester & polyester/spandex FJ shirts & shorts especially "electric". I always hang them to dry using either wood clothespins or wooden hangers.

    I have tried attaching a safety pin (supposed to discharge the static) when washing them. I have tried running a metal hanger over  them after they are dry (again supposed to discharge the static). Another idea is to put them in the dryer for a few minutes after they are already dry with a ball of aluminum foil (again supposed to discharge the static), but nothing seems to work. I know the time of year (winter) and climate (Ontario) add to the problem because the air moisture is low, but the static is also bad in the summer. I find any of the "Cling Free" type sprays don't work either.I am hoping someone may have tried something else, because the last resort is a new washer & dryer (My wife's suggestion!!).

    Thanks, Chris H.  

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    Hi Chris!

    I just use the dryers sheets like Bounce in the dryer and never experienced any static problems.  Give them a try!

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    FJL
    Hi Chris!

    I just use the dryers sheets like Bounce in the dryer and never experienced any static problems.  Give them a try!

     Think they make them that do not have a smell to them.  They do work though.   Personally, I do not use them, I just wash my FJ shirts in cold water and dry them in low dry cycle.  It works as well for me.  

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    One suggestion that is often overlooked is using creams and/or body lotions. The real issue is that not only is the air dry, but so is your skin. The situation gets worse if you are wearing shoes or slippers with rubber soles thereby insulating you from grounding out static charges until you touch something that is grounded. Lotions are not only good for you, but also good at reducing static charges between you and your clothing.

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    I remember us discussing this about a year ago on the U.S. community.  I researched our discussion and here are the results of that thread.  FJ informed us that the dryer sheets can hurt the breathability of their shirts.  We were advised against using them. The general consesus was to wash in cold water and dry on low heat.  But no dryer sheets.

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    Cool info to know from previous US Community discussion, so I'm now schooled, thanks Chuck!  

    As far as breath-ability, I'll just play on windy days, lol!

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I remember reading that dryer sheets & fabric softeners are not recommended for the new types of shirts (yes I am old enough to remember 100% cotton). I do wear rubber sandals/shower shoes year round, so that may be part of my problem. Thanks Darius!

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    FJL
    Cool info to know from previous US Community discussion, so I'm now schooled, thanks Chuck!  

    As far as breath-ability, I'll just play on windy days, lol!

     FJL, love the sense of humor.  I live on the southern east coast south of Myrtle Beach and we have our share of windy days.  Need it with all the humidity in June, July, August and September.  

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    Yes to the Sandals... I absolutely love and wear my FootJoy Greenjoy Slide Sandals every chance I get in the summer, let those toesies breath!  Everyone comments on them!