How to Remove Static Electricity From Down Comforters

Mary Ylisela

Crawling under the covers should never be a shocking experience but getting shocked by static electricity can be a rude awakening. A down comforter is susceptible to static electricity when the air moisture level is low.

A static-free comforter keeps you warm and comfortable.

Other factors, such as dry skin and the natural fibers used in your comforter, can contribute toward static electricity. A thick, warm comforter should be synonymous with comfort. To get rid of static electricity in your down comforter you must use effective supplies and methods to prevent and remove it.

  1. Wash your comforter with mild laundry detergent when it's time for a cleaning. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to act as a natural fabric softener and static remover.

  2. Dry the down comforter in the dryer with two or three tennis balls and one wool dryer ball. The tennis balls keep the down from bunching up while the wool dryer ball prevents static electricity.

  3. Fill a mist spray bottle with 2 ounces of white vinegar and 6 ounces of water. Before getting in bed, lift the covers and spritz two or three mists of the diluted vinegar between the down comforter and top sheet.

  4. Rub body lotion into your skin before going to sleep each night. The moisture in your skin counteracts any static electricity remaining in the bed.

  5. Turn on a humidifier each night in the bedroom. If overly dry air is a problem throughout your home, run the humidifier throughout the day to control air moisture level.

  6. Tip

    Instead of spritzing your comforter and bed sheets with vinegar water, hold the comforter up and swipe a metal clothes hanger between the two, approximately 2 to 3 inches away from the comforter and the bed sheet. The metal clothes hanger acts as a conductor, drawing static electricity out of your comforter and sheets.