Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's Electrifying

I have an affliction that hurts my heart. It's static electricity. It makes me crazy. I just took my sweater off and it sounded like Rice Krispies snapping, crackling, and popping times 100 all over the place.

I just went online to read about what causes this wretched phenomenon and before I nodded off, I read a lot about atoms, electrons, blah, blah, blah. Pretty much all they had to say is that dry air breeds static. And before you nod off reading this post, here's the reason I'm even writing about this (besides the fact that static makes me want shave my head).

Check out these tips to eliminate static from

"1) Walk barefoot. (Or, as silly as it may sound, cover your shoes with aluminum foil when possible) to reduce the static buildup. " (I promise you won't see me out anywhere with aluminum foil on my shoes.)
"2) Wear a thimble on your finger, or carry a coin, and use them to touch grounded metal objects as often as possible. This will not eliminate the static discharge, but will stop the pain you feel in your fingertips." (Really, please don't any of you walk around with a thimble on your finger unless for real doing some sewing?)

Basically, these tips were a bust. Maybe I'll just put humidifiers in every room of my house. And I totally realize that in the big scheme of things, this is not a big deal. But in my little day-to-day world, it stinks up a big one.

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Jules said...

I am so with you girl! I hate it at this time of year. We run a huge humidifier all the time to try to keep it up at 50%. It seems to go away at that point.

mamahensmama said...

Use liquid laundry softerner and static guard you clothes before putting them on.

Kimberly said...

Humidifier. That's your answer. We had the same problem from all the dry air (we have electric heat, so that makes it bad too) until we got a humidifier. You can find ones that will work for larger spaces. Or you can get lots of little ones. But a humidifier is the answer... Good luck getting rid of the electric shock therapy.

Stephanie said...

Yikes! Sounds painful :(

Katy said...

You're right, I am a long way from AL. I am so glad you posted these tips. We live in dessert conditions here in the panhandle and snow is our most reliable method of moisture during the winter. We don't get very much. It isn't a steady flow from day to day. It comes in blizzards. Anyway, due to the dryness here, our static electricity is crazy! At night, it's like a fireworks show every time a blanket moves!

amyb said...

The whole static thing makes clothes shopping even more unpleasant than normal. I try on one shirt, and my fabulous hairdo is shot for the day!

Rachel said...

Chris is ultra-paranoid about it too, especially when kissing. Every day when he comes home from work, he slaps* my cheek a few times to discharge any buildup before kissing me.

* - okay - love tap. But with an open palm. :)

Pappa Rooster said...

you could install a whole house humidifier in your house.
depending on where your heater is located I could install it for you, assuming i ever have any free time.