Static Eliminator - reusable dryer sheets

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 11:36

Static EliminatorI like to dry laundry outside whenever possible, but Jessie's not into scratchy towels, nor ragweed, and the weather doesn't always cooperate, so we wind up using the dryer about half the time.  Our high-efficiency dryer is fantastic, but it can whip up a lot of static.  My anti-static gun was not helpful -- you'd need at least one extra arm (or a very attentive assistant) to use it while folding laundry.  I tend to forget to add liquid fabric softener during the wash cycle, and disposable dryer sheets were not working very well either.  So when we saw reusable dryer sheets for sale in the Gaiam catalog, we decided to give them a try.

The hype makes me skeptical... "chemical free" -- then what are they made of, exactly?  Energy?  Abstract concepts? -- and how do they work?  But if they can be used 500 times, they could easily pay for themselves many times over, so they were worth a try.

So far we've used them 3 times, and we're crazy about them!  Laundry comes out soft and utterly static-free.  We're more curious than ever how they work, but we're sold!  (The Web site says, "The weave of the Static Eliminator Re-Usable Dryer Sheets  gives them their static fighting power ... [they] "conduct" the static out of your laundry load.")

Oh, by the way, you can find much better prices elsewhere.  We should have shopped around before buying them from Gaiam.  Currently has them for just $16.95 (a savings of $7).