Stop Annoying Static Electricity This Winter

Are you getting shocked when you touch objects or other people in your home? Is your hair standing on end? Is your pet agitated or fearful (while not at other times of the year)? Do you see sparks when you adjust the sheets? Surprising and uncomfortable, the build-up of static electricity in the home is far more common during the winter months due to the dryer air. If you answered yes to any of the above, here’s how you can lessen this annoying problem.

  • Drink more water. Dehydration can increase static, so be sure to increase your water intake. It’s good for your organs and will help with dry skin.
  • Lotion Up. While water moisturizes the body from the inside, lotion can help keep the skin feeling good on the outside.
  • Run a humidifier. A cold mist humidifier can increase humidity and help to get rid of those annoying shocks. Depending on the size of your home, you may need more than one to do the trick. If you don’t want to invest in a humidifier (they’re inexpensive), you can put a pot of soup or water on the stove to simmer. After a bath, don’t pull the plug immediately but instead let the water sit while it cools to add more moisture to the air.
  • Wear more natural fibers. Synthetic fibers on clothing and furniture can store electricity adding to the issue. Use a dryer sheet, anti-static spray or a cover with natural fibers for improvement.
  • Bare your soles. Rubber soles on shoes or slippers will store up electrical charges and provide a shocking experience when you touch something. Go barefoot or choose socks or leather soled footwear when inside.
  • Keep the change. Have a quarter or dime in your pocket and occasionally touch it to other pieces of metal to dispel any built-up electricity.

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