STOP THAT ZAP FROM STATIC ELECTRICITY IN THE HOUSE
I had a great question the other day about how to stop or control static electricity in the house. We’ve all experienced that. You are walking through the house, reach out and touch something, and ZAP! Here’s what to do.
Use a Humidifier
Static electricity is more active when the air is dry, especially in the winter months when people heat their houses, further reducing humidity in the air. Increase the humidity by using a humidifier. The moisture in the air can help reduce static charge from building up.
Having plants around the house can help increase humidity as well.
You can create your own humidifier by simply boiling water on the stove. Just don’t let the pan boil dry!
Treat your carpets with an anti-static chemical.
Most carpet retailers or carpet companies online offer spray treatments to treat rugs and carpets. There are also some carpets that are specifically made to with an anti-static component. Lightly spray your carpet with an anti-static spray, and wait for it to completely dry before walking on it. This will greatly decrease the amount of static electricity you experience after walking on the carpet.
To make a static reducing spray at home, you can mix 1 capful of liquid fabric softener in a spray bottle of about 2 or 3 cups of water, shake the mixture, and lightly spray over the carpet.
Rub upholstery with dryer sheets.
Rub upholstered furniture or your car seats with dryer sheets to reduce the static buildup on those surfaces. Dryer sheets help neutralize the electric charge.
You can also try spraying these areas with a static reducing aerosol or spray.
When spraying areas with anti-static spray, always mist never saturate.