Carpets build up static electricity and just from walking across a carpeted floor, you can give someone quite the shock. When you walk across the carpet, the friction from each step you take builds up in your body and will eventually build up a 20,000 volt shock for your unfortunate victim. In a darkened room you can actually see the discharge of electricity in the form of a mini blue lightning bolt. Fun to watch, painful to be shocked. You may notice in winter the electric shocks are worse than in summer depending on where you live. Why is that? Static electricity builds more in drier conditions. In the winter the heat zaps the humidity out of the air. During the hot summer months, sweat from our bodies helps to cut down on the buildup of electric charges as does itconditioning which removes excess moisture from the air.

Static electricity harms electrical appliances such as TV's and computers. The static electric charge can even ruin a computer. There are a very simple things you can do to reduce the amount of static charge that builds on your body.




Humidify itin your house. There are several ways to add humidity to the air. Humidifiers do a wonderful job of returning much needed moisture, but they will end up costing you money because they need electricity to operate.

Add a central humidifier onto your heating system.

Hang your wet clothes around your house. After you wash your clothes, hang them in various rooms of the house, not very attractive or orderly, but it works. As the clothes dry, water evaporates and humidifies the air.

Fill vases with decorative shells or stones and water. Leave vases all over the house especially in areas where static electric shocks are a problem, replenish the water each day. Rinse and refill the vases every 3 to 4 days to avoid mold growth.

Fill a spray bottle with water and mist the air. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to add a fresh scent. Fresh squeezed lemon juice also adds a clean fresh scent to itin your home. Add a 1/2 of teaspoon of lemon juice to 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle.




As you add humidity to itin your home, you will find your clothes will have much less static cling, hair will cooperate better and the kids won't run around the house having shock fights.