Is there some sort of trick....

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to keep the static electricity away? I didn't really ever have to deal with it in Florida but here, I keep getting shocked on EVERYTHING. Barefoot, socks on, rubber soled shoes on, plastic bottomed slippers on, slippers with the gripper bottoms. Earlier, Steve was washing his hands in the kitchen sink and I had jelly on my finger so I just stuck my finger under the flow of the water and got ZAPPED in the water, BY the water. I'm a static electricity magnet. On a good note, Steve gets plenty of laughs. You should see me when I know I'm about to touch something metal (a door knob, light switch, the fan chain, the sink handles). I swear, I look spastic....it's like I tap the damn door knob quickly 3 or 4 times before I'll grab hold of it and turn. Of course, my loving husband sits on the couch and laughs his ass off at me. And those are the times I wish I could do it on purpose. Like drag my feet and then shock his nose with my finger tip or something lol So, are there any secrets to avoiding it? My MIL told me to carry around a dryer sheet in my pocket but that doesn't seem to be working lol

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Krista - posted on 12/10/2010

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Humidifiers. You can buy rather large ones that aren't so bad in price. I have one in my daughter's room (she gets stuffed up because of the dryness) that really does the trick.

And the new ones don't spit out mist so you don't have to worry about dampness.

Sharon - posted on 12/10/2010

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in your house, get the humidity UP. For me - my fish tanks did it. you might try decorative fountains. A humidifier or vaporizer would work too.

Dana - posted on 12/10/2010

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Joy, then that's most likely your issue.

Now all of you ladies who are extra static electricityish, know about being careful at gas stations,right. You know not to get in and out of your car while the gas is being pumped?

Morgan - posted on 12/09/2010

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http://www.electrostatics.net/articles/s...


How can I stop static shocks?
Unfortunately cure is not always easy. Indoors, you can try raising the air humidity to 40-50% rh with a humidifier. (You can check the humidity with a cheap humidity meter from a gardening shop.) Also, look for shoes with leather soles. In the electronics industry, and in areas where electrostatic sparks could cause a fire hazard, people often wear specially designed static dissipative shoes to reduce electrostatic charge build-up on the body. It is less likely that problems will be experienced with non-polymer floors, such as cement or wood (although varnishes can cause problems). However, replacing the floor can be expensive!

It is possible to treat some floors with static dissipative treatments - but the benefit of this will probably wear off after a while.

Furnishings and car seats can be difficult to treat - there are some antistatic sprays available you could try. Or, you could try rubbing the fabric with fabric softener sheets, or spraying them with diluted fabric conditioner.

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That's a good tip Christina, about the clothes. That's the other thing that's getting me. I've solved that sorta by wearing a long john shirt under just about everything so that at least the static isn't stuck to ME lol I've been doing the lotion thing, mostly because my skin has been crazy dry but it's good to know it works for the static too. For my hair, I've been using anti-frizz serum and it seems to be helping. My son though.....OMG he looks like one of those electricity balls they sell at Spencer's when I take his shirt off. You know the balls I'm talkin' about? Where you touch them and the "bolts" follow your fingers...That's my son's hair lol Thanks for all the advice girls!

C. - posted on 12/10/2010

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Yep, humidifiers will help a great deal. When something is too dry, static runs rampant. Like in the winter if your hair gets all static-y.. LOTS of conditioner. Your clothes are sticking to you right out of the dryer.. LOTS of lotion on your skin. Moisture is key for keeping static at bay. So I would definitely invest in a couple of good humidifiers.

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Yes! All the more reason to get a fishy!! As soon as we're not broke all the time and actually have the money for it, we're getting some koi xD

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Why didn't anyone answer my question like this in another community? SO not fair! I'll be snooping through your answers then...

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Not lame Marina :) I'd really like to keep my spark...just not the electric kind lol
Now I'm excited to get the fish tank! We had one in Florida before we moved up and all my fish slowly died and I just never replaced them because I knew they wouldn't survive the move. So when the last one died I cleaned the tank, sanitized it and sold it at a yard sale. I've missed my fishies! Maybe this time around I can get a puffer fish to live for longer than a month :( I also priced humidifiers earlier today too. Found a good one at Walgreens that's perfect for the bedroom end of the house. Fish tank on one end, humidifier on the other end, dryer sheets in my socks and every pocket and stop dragging my feet....I think I've got it lol

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HUMIDIFIER!! Get a couple and it will take that static right outta you girl! But you can keep your spark! (lame ;P

Dana - posted on 12/10/2010

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I've also never got a spark doing it, so I'm not that prone to it. If you do get sparky on your car, you shouldn't even get in and out or I wouldn't if I were you.

Dana - posted on 12/10/2010

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Well, the issue is, most (women,some men) start pumping gas, get back into the car and then get out, the friction of getting in and out, will create static electricity on your person, when you go to remove the pump handle, you create a spark, igniting the fumes around you. I do get in and out of the car but, my gas tank is on the other side of the drivers side, I touch that side of car before I approach the other side, just to be sure. I don't know if that's good or not. I may start myself on fire someday.

Rachel - posted on 12/10/2010

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Anytime! Enjoy your new fish! It should help quite a bit. We have one in the living room and it's a multi-purpose station. It waters the cats (I don't know, fish flavored I guess), entertains the cats, entertains the 18 month, is a humidifier, and all around guilt trip for me when I forget to feed them! Kid you not, they come to the front of the tank if I don't feed them for a day, I swear I can hear their little voices! So enjoy!!

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Actually Rachel, a fish tank is on the list for my son's Christmas! I hadn't thought about it doing double duty though! Fantastic! Thanks!

Rachel - posted on 12/10/2010

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Humidifier! The air is too dry. It's a pain in our house too! We have electric heat which dries out the house faster than gas, so I have to use a humidifier every winter. Or get a fish tank, I know weird right! The water in the tank will help keep the air moist. But be warned you'll be filling the water in there too!

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You know Dana, I never realized it until today after you asked if I shuffle...I do a little. I mean, it's not like I drag my feet enough to where the soles of my shoes wear funny or anything. But I do shuffle a little and yes....my entire house is carpeted. Kitchen and bathrooms included. I HATE it. Well, I'm ok with it everywhere but the kitchen and bathrooms. That's just GROSS. Who the hell does that??? I guess I could see that the people who owned the house before were elderly so the tile would have maybe been too cold but I've been on our landlord since May to put tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. I actually bought a little steam cleaner just to take care of those two areas because it's just gross to me. And in the bathrooms, I keep bath mats on the floors and wash them once a week. Ick. I told Steve if the carpet isn't gone by spring we're doing it ourselves if we're gonna continue living here. But anyhow, back to topic, yes, we have carpet and yes I shuffle. LOL

Dana - posted on 12/10/2010

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Louise, make sure to touch something metal before you kiss your daughter, you'll get zapped, but she won't at least. ;)

Louise - posted on 12/10/2010

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If this problem is ever solved let me know as my two year old gives me an electric shock every time she kisses me goodnight. It is like aversion therapy we don't want to kiss each other now without earthing ourselves first. Tumble dryer sheets have not helped. I am sure I could power a light bulb by now!

Dana - posted on 12/09/2010

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I was just going to say, Joy, do you have carpet? Do you shuffle across the carpet when you walk? That could be a major contributor.

Isobel - posted on 12/09/2010

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it CAN be fun though...put a pair of wool socks on, rub your feet all over the carpet then sneak up on who ever's napping on the couch ;) big fun

Jackie - posted on 12/09/2010

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I've always heard to put a dryer sheet in your pocket or your sock. I don't know if it works though

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It's just so annoying! It used to happen from time to time in Florida (the humidity thing is probably it Dana) but nowhere near like THIS! I'm seriously hesitant to touch just about anything and I spend half my day tap tap tapping things. Like just now, I knew I had to turn on the kitchen sink and so before I did, I touched the counter first and held a cabinet knob (plastic) while I turned on the water and I still got zapped. Yesterday I shocked my ass just by sitting down on the couch lol It's funny to talk about and if I were in Steve's shoes I'd be laughing at me too but seriously, I walk around all day tapping everything and going "Ow!" or "WHAT THE???" LOL! And how come Steve doesn't get shocked? Ever. I joke with him and tell him I must have an electric personality but I'm really starting to wonder if it's really something electric in me. I can't wear digital watches because they end up going all funky within hours of me wearing them. A few other people in my family are like that too, with the watches.

Caitlin - posted on 12/09/2010

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Gah! Dana beat me to it... a humidifier will help quite a bit.. static electricity is really bad when the air is too dry...

Dana - posted on 12/09/2010

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You can get a humidifier (or two), you need some humidity in the air. You can also get the spray that Kati is talking about or throw whatever clothes/blankets in the dryer with a dryer sheet. I go through the same thing every winter, it sucks.

Rosie - posted on 12/09/2010

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theres a spray that you can use to help with your hair and you can spray it on furniture and stuff so it doesn't shock you. but as for water, that's just fucking nuts joy, lol! i've never been shocked by water, lol!
oh yeah, the pray is simply called static guard.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/09/2010

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I use a dryer sheet to control my static-y hair, but other than that, I have no idea. I am also a shock magnet :( I've gotten into the habit of just touching everything really quickly to try and lessen the shock.
If you find anything that works let me know!

Jenny - posted on 12/09/2010

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Oh I'll be watching this thread. I am also electric. I'm afraid to touch anything when the seasons change.

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