How To: Reduce Static Electricity

Reduce Static Electricity

Static electricity might seem like magic but you don't have to be a wizard to get rid of it. There are simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of static electricity in the air or on you by using some items you probably have at home.

Don't walk around looking like you stuck your finger in a light socket. Get the static out of your day with these simple tips.

You Will Need

  * Natural bristle hairbrush
  * Rubber comb
  * Dryer sheets
  * ¼ c. baking soda
  * Humidifier
  * Shoes with leather soles
  * Spray bottle
  * Water
  * 1 tbsp. liquid fabric softener
  * Hand lotion
  * Dish of water (optional)

Step 1: Stop hair from rising

Stop your hair from rising by using a natural bristle hairbrush or rubber comb.

Step 2: Rub a dryer sheet

Rub a dryer sheet on your clothes and hair to remove static cling.

You can also use a dryer sheet on your pet, but check with your veterinarian regarding safety issues.

Step 3: Add baking soda to wash

Reduce static electricity by adding baking soda to the wash cycle.

Step 4: Raise the humidity

Raise the humidity in your house with a humidifier.

Keep a dish of water in a dry room to evaporate and moisturize the air.

Step 5: Trade old shoes

Trade in your old shoes for shoes that have leather soles.

Step 6: Add liquid softener and water

Fill a spray bottle with water and add 1 tablespoon liquid fabric softener. Spray your carpets and furniture.

Step 7: Moisturize your hands

Keep your hands moisturized with lotion in the winter months when static electricity is prevalent.

People will usually feel a shock from static electricity when the discharge is between 2,000 to 4,000 volts.

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