Stop static shocks from your clothes

Static build-up is caused by the combination of positive and negative ions in your clothes, and synthetic fibres are big culprits. Adding fabric conditioner to the final rinse usually calms things down.

If it doesn’t work, try again, but add an extra half cupful. Moisturising your skin will also help, as will placing bowls of water near radiators (static gets worse in a very dry atmosphere).

The other thing you can do is to ‘brush’ your item of clothing with a wire coat hanger just before putting it on.

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