It's almost shocking how comfortable American Minky blankets can be, but a little thing called static electricity can sometimes give you a tiny shock when running your skin over the fabric. While having a blanket with static cling isn’t dangerous, it can be annoying. Let’s take a look at three simple ways that you can reduce the amount of static electricity your minky blanket has.
Why Does My Blanket Have Static?
As a mini science class recap, everything we see is made up of atoms. Atoms are broken up into even smaller parts called neutrons, protons, and electrons. Neutrons have a neutral charge, protons have a positive charge, and electrons have a negative charge. When we walk around and pick up too many electrons by interacting with different materials that attract them, this gives off the tiny shock known as static electricity when those extra electrons suddenly leave our body.
There are a few conditions that can brew static electricity, but very dry, hot, or cold air is a standard culprit. Static can occur with any fabric, but minky blankets tend to have a habit of conducting static electricity. Luckily, there are some incredibly easy ways to combat this as you enjoy your blanket!
How Do I Get Rid of Static on My Minky Blanket?
With Your Laundry Routine
Any homemaker with the magic touch can let you know that white vinegar is a magic solution to a lot of household cleaning and maintenance problems. Can you believe it also helps get rid of static on certain fabrics? A half a cup of white vinegar added to a standard rinse cycle is usually the way to go, or you can even add it to water if you’re hand-washing the blanket. Vinegar works as a DIY fabric softener, making the fibers less stiff and less likely to build up friction, and with it, static electricity. If you don’t have white vinegar on hand, baking soda works just as well too. This can be a good alternative if you don’t typically use store-bought dryer sheets or fabric softeners with chemicals in your laundry routine.
Your laundry drying habits can even change the static game for your blanket. Just hanging the blanket to dry is the simplest way to stop static before it starts. During the winter, being mindful of the amount of time your blanket spends in the dryer can also combat static. When there is no more dampness and nothing but dry air for the blanket to tumble around in, some fabrics will build static.
With Your Moisturizing Routine
Adding moisture to either the room or your own skin can help when trying to avoid static on minky materials. Introducing a humidifier in your room will help rectify the dry air in the space. If you don’t want to add moisture to the entire room, the other alternative can be just keeping your skin soft and hydrated with your favorite lotion before you wrap yourself up for a nap. If you need to use blanket static as a way to remind yourself to moisturize more and combat seasonally dry skin, then consider this your two-in-one solution!
With a Quick Running Routine
Don’t worry, you don’t need to go on a run before you use your blanket! If you need a quick fix for every cuddle session that doesn’t involve doing your laundry or pampering yourself with moisturizing products, run a small metal or externally damp object over the blanket to equalize the static. Grab a wire clothes hanger to take care of the static or take a damp washcloth or piece of fabric and do the same thing. This will get rid of your blanket static without any extra fuss.
With these three approaches, you can keep your minky blanket collection static-free. Now you can comfortably snuggle up to a static-free blanket in every room of the house. Get your minky throw, weighted minky blanket, or another soft minky product from our store today!