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This instructable teaches you how to create a simple anti-static spray to help reduce the build up of a difference in charge on your robot. The static electricity that damages electronics is the same that makes clothes stick together. Here, we use generic fabric softener to make everything mildly conductive to the point where static charge differentials equalize and you do not get static discharge events (static shocks).

We have seen this in stores such as here and thought we could make it in appropriate sized batches with things we have around the house/shop ourselves.
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Gather the Materials

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You will need:
1 TBLS Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)
1 TBLS Fabric Softener
8 oz. Water
1 Spray Bottle

The fabric softener is used to make everything mildly conductive (the same way it makes your clothes not stick together). the Isopropyl alcohol is used to make the fluid evaporate quickly.

Step 2: Step 2: Water

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Start out with about 8 oz. of Water. Water helps to dilute the solution.

Step 3: Step 3: Isopropyl Alcohol

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Measure out 1 TBLS of Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) and add it to your spray bottle. The alcohol helps the solution to evaporate more quickly.

Step 4: Step 4: Fabric Softener

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Add 1 TBLS of Fabric Softener to reduce the static.

Step 5: Step 5: Mix and Spray

Mix the solution with an implement or by shaking the container (Put on the lid first.) Spray onto a microfiber towel and rub on areas of plastic on your robot to reduce the build up of a difference in charge.
craftyv1 month ago

Thanks a lot great tips. I'm currently looking for anti-static brushes (not sure really) for keeping my computer dust free. Can I spray it on a soft brush let dry and then use? Any ideas please????

Adrenaluge-5 months ago

I have made dog beds and camping beds using Styrofoam peanuts. The peanuts do have the static problem and would make these projects completely impractical...if it were not for this a fabric softener 'anti static'. I make and use something similar but a bit heavier on the softener due to the very high surface area involved on large quantities of peanuts. I also use a mister nozzle so that the peanuts get good coverage with less water that needs time to evaporate. I also have tried tossing a mesh bag of(treated) peanuts into the clothes drier(low heat or the styro loses some sponginess). You can also toss in a wash cloth dampened in the solution, for just a few minutes. Either way works well.

Northwest is a moist climate so not too much static problems. How this would work in Arizona???...cannot say. I learned about non static sprays from my time screen printing electronics. Common sense carried it over(but with a non-allergenic spray)when I started making the beds. I am an avid camper but I GOTTA have good sleep wherever I go. Peanut beds are super comfortable!

rimar20001 year ago
Do you know what drug the softener contains? Maybe the label says. I don't live in USA.
Cougar Robotics (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Let me start with an explanation (and I have updated the instructable to say this): the static electricity that damages electronics and the static that makes clothes stick together are the same thing. This said, fabric softener is mildly conductive (preventing clothes from sticking together) and prevents the buildup of static differentials which lead to static discharge events (static shocks). The fabric softener is used to make the surface conductive and the alcohol makes it evaporate quickly.
Thanks for your response. I am thinking to use your idea to manage HHO gas, it is dangerous when there are static charges that could produce a spark.