Pull on a sweatshirt in winter and watch as your hair stands up wildly. Step out of your car. Zap! Your fingers feel a quick shock as you close the door. These shocks are caused by static electricity, which is created when two objects rub together. The cold, dry winter air makes it more difficult for electrons to discharge without creating a spark. However, there are steps you can take to lessen these shocks during the winter months.
Things You'll Need
- Small metal object
- Fabric softener sheets
- Natural fiber clothing
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Decrease Static Electricity
Use a humidifier in your home or office during the winter months. Humid air helps electrons discharge without sparking. This is why you're less likely to notice static electricity during the warmer, more moist summer months.
Ground yourself before opening a car door or touching a door knob. Touch a small metal object, such as a key, to a metal surface before touching it with your hand.
Use dryer sheets when laundering clothes. This will reduce static cling in your clothing. Also rub a dryer sheet against your car seats. Sometimes this will help reduce the charges created by your clothing rubbing against the car's seats.
Wear clothing with natural fibers rather than synthetic materials. Natural fibers are less likely to create a charge when rubbed against other materials. Wear sweaters and sweatshirts made of natural fibers and launder them with dryer sheets to keep your hair from standing straight up when you pull clothes on or off.
Use moisturizer if your skin is particularly dry in the winter months. Dry skin, just like dry winter air, increases the chances you'll experience a shock.