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March 2, 2010

from weheartit.comEven though March is here it’s still cold and snowy outside. Norway has been having a long period of cold weather. We’re talking two months of cold weather and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. This is pretty rare in my neck of the woods since we usually have pretty mild winters due to the coastal climate. In other words: I’ve had enough. Enough winter already! I want to wear ballerina flats and skirts! The most annoying thing about winter for me, apart from constantly having cold hands, is static electricity. My hair gets frizzy, my clothes crackle and I get shocked every time I touch another person or metal. Is there any way I can escape this dreadful thing? Yet again I turned to my old pal Mr. Google for answers. He never fails me in times of need.

Wikipedia.org:

Static electricity is usually caused when certain materials are rubbed against each other, like wool on plastic or the soles of shoes on carpet. The process causes electrons to be pulled from the surface of one material and relocated on the surface of the other material.
A static shock occurs when the surface of the second material, negatively charged with electrons, touches a positively-charged conductor, or vice-versa.

Apparently, the most common way to get charged is through friction between shoes and the floor. In the winter time we experience much dryer air and the electricity has a harder time “escaping” your body. Our shoes and clothes are better isolated this time of the year. In summer time the electricity escapes more efficiently due to the humidity in the air, and we don’t notice the static electricity as much. As you might have noticed, some materials tend to be easier to charge than others. In this list I found on uio.no’s pages you can see which materials and fabrics that create the most static el. when exposed to each other. The further they are from each other on the scale, the more static el they can produce.

Positive charged

Glassfrom cutoutandkeep.net
Human hair
Nylon
Wool
Silk
Viscose
Cotton
Paper
Steel
Hard rubber
Acetate silk
Synthetic rubber
Polyester
Acryl
Polyethylene
Negative charged

How do I avoid being electrically charged all winter? Well, here are some tips I found online:

  • Ivory. Rub your wool or cotton sweater with ivory. This is an ancient trick that is suppose to take away some of the static el.from ncagriff.com
  • If you tumble dry different fabrics together, make sure not to dry the fabric completely before taking them out. Let your wash air dry the rest of the time. In fact, it’s better to tumble dry one type of fabric at them time. Synthetic fabrics should be air dried not tumble dried to avoid static el.
  • Keep your skin moisturized. If your skin is dry it’s harder for your body to release electricity and you get static shocks.
  • Try to avoid mixing clothes with natural and synthetic fabrics. Or you could try putting a cotton layer in between.
  • Avoid synthetic rugs in your home. They can charge your body with up to 8000 Volts. In order to get a static chock your body needs to be charged with 2500-4000Volts.
  • “Wet your hair slightly before styling, and use a modern Braun.com hairdryer with a built-in ion emitter (these reduce static build-up).”  (WikiHow.com)
  • Like this Satin Hair Brush from Braun. I wonder if it works.
  • “You can create an inexpensive anti-static spray by dumping a lot of fabric softener into a spray bottle filled with water. Spray this on carpets and other surfaces to prevent static build-up.” (WikiHow.com)
  • Buy a static discharging keychain and let the keychain take the shock. You can also use a regular key or some metal object. You will still feel the shock, but it won’t hurt as much.

I hope you found some of the tips helpful. Good luck people.

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