The invasion of cold temperatures means you'll be cranking up the heat in your home, but there's a problem with the extra heat: static.
You're walking down the hallway and get zapped by static electricity. And petting poor Fido is going to create an issue, too.
So how can you stay warm to avoid constant static electricity problems in your house? Here are a few ideas we found.
One of the easiest ways to avoid static shock is to pay attention to what you're wearing. Shoes with rubber soles act as an insulator and when mixed with the wool carpet your body builds up a charge.
Lifehacker suggests looking for shoes that have leather soles or using cotton socks instead of wool socks.
The cold weather is often referred to as "sweater weather," but you might want to avoid the wool sweaters. If you sit in a chair made out of the right fabric, you'll build up quite a bit of static.
Since we are talking about clothes, there are the go-to tips with keeping static out of your clothes - dryer sheets and fabric softner. If you have a static build up in your clothes, you can rub a dryer sheet on the clingy garmet. But don't use it and toss it, you can keep using the same sheet for weeks.
If you don't have a dryer sheet, you can spritz a mist of water on the clothes to get rid of the positive or negative charges. You can also throw a damp washcloth in the dryer for the last few minutes of the cycle - the moisture will soak up the static.
But static doesn't just affect your clothes - it's everywhere in your home. The main reason is all the dry air.
You can try a couple of different options to allevate that issue. To add moisture to the room, turn on a humidifier or just simmer a pot of water on the stove.
And here is something you might not know - keeping indoor plants will also help maintain higher humidity levels and reduce the chance of static build up.
If your carpet seems to be a host of all your static issues, several sites suggest using an anti-static spray on the carpet. You can also find a recipe for making your own spray using fabric softner and water here.
Your home isn't the only place where the static can make a move. Many of us have gotten a shock just getting out of the car.
Here's another helpful hint from Lifehacker:
You may have also noticed that often, when you get out of your car, you get a shock when you touch the door. You might have even heard that touching the door frame as you get out of the car can help, and that's true. Make sure you start holding the metal frame before you get out of the car, and you keep touching it until you're out of the seat completely. If you forget to do this, you can also touch the car door with your keys. Since the electricity will discharge through them, you won't feel a shock.
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