Works-For-Me Wednesday: “Backwards” Day

wfmwheader_4.jpgToday’s edition of WFMW is another “backward” day in which we ask a question of readers rather than supplying our own tip.

My question of the day: how do you reduce static electricity, especially in hair?

I must be the most statically electrical person I know. Even taking my jacket off this morning jolted me. And with today being the first day we turned the heat on, it’s only going to get worse.

I know Shannon mentioned on a previous WFMW that she sprayed Static Guard on her brush and that helped. But I usually use a comb when styling my hair, and the Static Guard didn’t seem to do anything. I had also read that you could rub a dryer sheet over your hair. That actually does work. But then I smell like a dryer sheet. And it doesn’t last.

I know that spraying static guard on your legs can help keep your hemline from sticking, and even rubbing a bit of lotion on my legs will do the same. But, again, it doesn’t last long.

So, short of keeping a can of Static Cling or a dryer sheet on hand and applying several times a day, do you have any other ideas?

If you have a question you’d like some help with or you have some answers you might be able to give others, see today’s WFMW post at Rocks In My Dryer.

14 thoughts on “Works-For-Me Wednesday: “Backwards” Day

  1. I’m very static-y myself, so I can definitely relate! I _do_ keep a can of static guard in my car. They have them in trial/travel sizes and it fits perfectly into my car door. It would also fit very nicely into a nicely-sized purse. But, static guard smells AWFUL, so you might do better finding unscented dryer sheets and just keeping a Ziplock of them in your purse/car.

  2. We used to know a guy who could not wear watches because of this. The static interferred with the time. I have no ideas for you at the moment, but I’ll ask around and see if any friends have ideas.

  3. humidify your house. the dryness makes static worse. wear cotton or even wool but avoid most synthetic fabrics. especially acryllic

    avoid synthetics in your shoes. the wrong pair of shoes can really scuff up a zap!

    never buy a car with velour seats I think I have a permanent scar from zapping myself getting out of the car.

    if you can’t avoid a synthetic skirt try to get a cotton slip to put under it so that the skirt/slip/nylons combo doesn’t tie you up in knots.

    & for hair less shampoo more conditioner works for me.

    Mrs N

  4. My favorite product to reduce static in my hair is no longer made. A bottle lasts forever, so I still have some, but it doesn’t help you! Maybe you can find something similar? It’s a spray that I put on my hair once it’s dry called “Instant Infusion Treatment” with sunflower oil, gardenia, and pennyroyal, made by Freeman Botanical.

  5. Rubbing a Bounce Dryer Sheet over your head or clothes or whatever is staticy will get rid of the static electricity. Best of all, you can use one sheet over again. This always works for me.

  6. Use natural fabrics like cotton and wool and silk instead of polyester and other manmade fabrics. This includes panty hose and underwear. I quit wearing any hose. If it’s too cold to wear a skirt then I wear nice slacks.

    Moisturize your skin with lotion. If your hair is flyaway, then dampen your hair.

    Because of my dogs I don’t have carpet in my house. Personally I hate carpet because of how it catches and holds dirt causing allergies, etc. If I did choose carpet, I would look for natural fibers or one that has antistatic.

    Static electricity occurs quite often when there is low moisture and the weather is cold and dry. It stands to reason replacing the moisture would be a big help. Grounding is the best way of removing static electricity, but is not always practical. Placing humidifiers in heating systems can help. Even sometimes just placing water next to heating ducts can help. Moisture in the air will be absorbed by the carpet fibers.The moisture in the fibers will help to dissipate the electrical charge. There is also antistatic sprays that can be used. Newer carpets are being made with antistatic materials already in the fiber.

    To prevent static to is to not completely dry your clothes. Dry them partially and then let them line dry. If you don’t have a clothesline you can invest in a drying rack or use hangers to hang your clothes up to dry. You can also take control of static by drying synthetic and cotton fabrics separately. With synthetic fabrics you might want to consider not using the dryer at all; if you let your synthetic clothes air dry you’ll greatly reduce, if not eliminate, static electricity.

    Another technique to consider is using vinegar in your wash cycles. Vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener and could also help ward off static. However this alternative is a bit smelly and if you use it with bleach, you risk the inhalation of toxic fumes.

    If your car seats aren’t leather, try putting a dryer sheet on your car seat.

    Finally, try grounding by touching one metal surface with another metal surface. For instance, touch a key to the doorknob or car first. This should discharge the shock from one surface to the other without zapping you.

    All these tips from the Internet

  7. You’ve gotten some good ideas. One thing we do is to hang our wet clothes (clothes we’d normally hang outside in warm weather) on hangers and hang them on “over the door” hangers on closet doors in the hallway or on the bedroom doors. This really helps us.

  8. In a car with fabric seats, I guess they’re usually at least partially polyester, etc. Simply take an unscented fabric softener sheet and rub vigorously over surface of entire seat (bottom and back) .It works well and you don’t have to do it too often. Good luck! Static electricity has always been the bane of my existence! I’ve started using a humidifier in my home and am going to stop wearing slippers with man made soles. Adios.
    I have another tip regarding fried foods and how to get most of the oil out of them if anyone wants to know it.

  9. I refer to the amount of static electricity I can build up around work as “my superpower”!
    I’ll have to see what I can do to humidify my office before I short out a pacemaker. God bless!

  10. I live in a very dry super hot climate in the middle East.
    We never use a dryer
    We hang our clothes outside and in 30 minutes or less they are bone dry.
    Our floors are made of stone, no rugs.
    I never use blow dryers for my hair.
    I wash my hair 1-2 times a week and only after a long workout where my hair is actually soaking with sweat.
    I always use a conditioner.
    I have lived here for over 26 years and only within the last month have I had a static electricity problem.
    When I walk outside to hang my laundry, I wear my Crocs and socks.
    As I enter my house, no matter if I touch the screen door or kiss my kid (or cat) there is a huge Z A P!
    I wear the same head covering and Crocs and soxks I always have so why suddenly has the static attracted itself to me?
    When I take off my headcovering to go to bed, my hair is all static charged!
    It is really weird that this has suddenly occurred.

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