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Christina’s Household Hints: Controlling Static this Winter

By Christina Shoup

With all the super frigid weather mother nature is dishing out on us, we are doing all we can to stay warm. Heaters and wood stoves are working overtime and so is the static electricity in the air. During the dry winter months, random shocks, static cling and hair standing on end become part of life. Here are a few tips to help.

• Humidifiers: Raising the humidity level in the home will reduce the static electricity in the air.  A quick fix is to simply simmer a pot of water on the stove. Turn it into an air freshener by adding your favorite spices, oils, or herbs.

• Dryer Sheets: Using dryer sheets or a dryer ball helps to stop the static where it starts.  Not a fan of dryer sheets? Try adding a clean, damp kitchen towel to the last 15-20 minutes of the dryer cycle to to prevent clothes from clinging together.

• Static Cling: To get rid of static in something you’re wearing, try rubbing the clothing with a wire hanger. Rubbing the clothing with a dryer sheet or a damp wash cloth also works.

Stay warm and static free!

 

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