As if there weren’t enough reasons to hate winter, one often overlooked one is the surplus of static electricity floating around.

You know how it goes. It’s a cold winter day in Central New York, you get out of the car, you go to close the door, and ZZZZTTT– you immediately get electrocuted by 10,000 volts. Why does this happen more often during winter?! 

There are many scientific reasons, but science wasn’t my best subject, so I will leave the Googling to you. It probably has something to do with “electrons,” which was one of those words they used a lot. Apparently you pick up more "electrons" wearing wool socks. Shuffle across a carpet in wool socks for 30 seconds and it immediately turns you into an X-Man.

Here are 4 methods you can use to combat static electricity during winter in Central New York:


humidifier or air improver in living room
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A humidifier is an extra appliance you have to buy and continually fill with water. Depending on the model, you might also have to buy filters for it. I’ve tried it, I find the sound soothing, but didn’t notice much difference.


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Dryer sheets are pretty good at reducing static, but they leave an oily feeling on your flesh, and they taste TERRIBLE. Still, you can dump a box’s worth of them in your laundry for some amazing results. Luckily, a box of dryer sheets is only $17.95 in 2022. 


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Ladies have been preaching it for years: Just slather yourself in grease. If you can't get a grip on anything, you can't be shocked by it. The logic is sound.


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Your car door handle is where you're most likely to encounter a static shock during winter. According to one Nissan dealership about why this happens:

When you climb out of the car, you connect its bodywork to the ground, and the static electricity runs through you to Earth.

The true culprit has been revealed: Earth. So the real solution is, move from Earth. Hop on board one of those billionaire Bezos crafts and get the hell outta Dodge. Hopefully they don’t have static on Mars. 

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