Introduction: Creating Anti-Static Spray
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.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather the Materials
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
Start out with about 8 oz. of Water. Water helps to dilute the solution.
Step 3: Step 3: Isopropyl Alcohol
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
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.