Perhaps all of us would feel extremely uncomfortable with a dry indoor climate, especially in the winter time. Dry air can lead to colds and flu, as well as becomes the main cause of dry skin. That is the reason why we should own at least one humidifier in our home. A humidifier will help to add more moisture into the air and raise the humidity up to between 35 percent and 55 percent. However, if you cannot afford to buy one, or if you want to try other ways of preventing dry air, below is a bunch of 20 quick tips to make a homemade humidifier.
- Homemade Humidifier With Wet Clothing
- Using Bowls of Water
- Using Water in Tubs
- Making a Sponge Humidifier
- Using Wet Curtains
- Adding Plants
- Using Showers
- Boiling Water
- Using Indoor Fountains
- Using Fish Tank
- Using Vases of Water
- Using a Boot Tray
- Using Cloth Wick
- Venting Your Dryer Inside
- Drinking Tea Instead of Coffee
- Letting Your Dishes Air-dry
- Doing More Home Cooking
- Taking Advantage of Candle Warmers
- Using Wet Foam
- Using a Table Fan
Homemade Humidifier With Wet Clothing
To make this homemade humidifier, you need to place a drying rack in your room and lay out damp clothing to dry overnight. You will be able to save energy while still add more moisture to the atmosphere.
Using Bowls of Water
Put some bowls of water around your house to raise humidity of the indoor air. Water will evaporate itself and add moisture into the air. If you possess a radiant steam heat, you can set a water bowl on top of the radiator to turn it into hot water. Then, it will evaporate more quickly.
Using Water in Tubs
After taking a bath every day, you can leave the water in the tub, so that more moisture could be evaporated into the air. There, a homemade humidifier is done. However, if you have a baby in your house, don’t do this in case many risks may happen to your children.
Making a Sponge Humidifier
This type of humidifier is quite easy to make. Use a large freezer plastic bag and punch in about 20 small holes. Wet the sponge, squeeze out the excess water, then put it in the plastic bag and keep it in your room to raise humidity in the air. Note that this method will work better in small spaces.
Using Wet Curtains
You can wet your curtains with a spray bottle, then open the windows. So that, the sunshine and warm air can go through the curtain filters. Water in the curtain will evaporate and add more moisture into the air.
When you place some plants in your house, you are making the atmosphere more humid because of the plant’s transpiration process. Whenever the plant is watered, moisture will be spread from the roots to the leaves pores, which can finally result in an increase of humidity.
You can reduce low humidity by using a hot shower. First of all, you need to open the hot shower in the bathroom. Lock the bathroom door and let the shower run in about 5 minutes. Then open the door for the steam to go inside the room and circulate around it. You will see the humidity increased considerably inside your home.
To raise the level of humidity inside your house, you can try boiling water in a large pot. After it has reached the boiling point, open the lid and let the steam spread around the room. Don’t forget to put it in a safe place to prevent burns. You can also add some drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil for a sweet smell, which is considered as a therapy for flu and germs killing.
Using Indoor Fountains
If you have enough financial condition, you can set up a fountain inside your room. The sound of moving water may bring about a calming and relaxing effect to your mind, while the fountain also makes the indoor air more comfortable and humid.
Using Fish Tank
You can decorate your house with a fish tank. It not only makes your home look more pretty but also helps to increase the humidity levels. A partially open tank would be a good choice for you in dry days.
Using Vases of Water
Sometimes, you do not want to use simple bowls of water or actually, your room is too small to place a fish tank inside. In these cases, you can choose to decorate your house with different vases of water and place color stones and marbles in a glass vase.
Using a Boot Tray
A boot tray can be used as a useful humidifier when it is filled with water. Water from the boot tray will gradually evaporate and spread into the air, adding more moisture to your room. Using this tool can be much more effective than smaller bowls or vases because its large surface area may speed up the water evaporation. Note that you can also put it near a heat source to increase the amount of evaporation.
Using Cloth Wick
First of all, take a bowl and put some hot water in it. Then, take a clothes hanger and bend the bottom bar of it. So that, it could fit closely around the edge of the bowl and can stand on its own. Take a small towel and soak it into the bowl of water, wrap an end of it on top of the hanger’s hook and just let it anywhere in your house. The humidity will be raised considerably with this method. However, the easiest and quickest way is still damping the towel and hang it on somewhere in your room. This is just another suggestion for you.
Venting Your Dryer Inside
After washing your clothes every day, you can let them dry naturally or use a dryer. In fact, the design of most dryers require outside ventilation, which means you will need a window or hole in an exterior wall. However, you can vent it inside your house, so that the moisture from drying your clothes could stay in the air for a longer time. With this method, you will even reduce your monthly heating costs by releasing the warm air into your room.
Drinking Tea Instead of Coffee
If you want to add more moisture into the indoor air, but do not want to follow complicated steps of making a homemade humidifier, the simplest way is heating a tea pot on the stove. This will help to increase the humidity considerably, and drinking tea also brings about more benefits for your health rather than coffee. Kill two birds with one stone from now!
Letting Your Dishes Air-dry
If you possess a dishwasher and usually open it before the heated cycle, you will have a hot whoosh of air in your house. However, if you want to save energy while still raising the humidity levels, open your dishwasher after the last rinse cycle and leave the dishes dry naturally. You will immediately find how effective it is.
Doing More Home Cooking
Instead of buying take-away foods and drinks from outside stores or going to luxurious restaurants, you had better cook at home. It not only protects yourself from unsafe food but also increases the humidity levels in your house. To make it more effective, you should process the food on top of a stove. It will help to release more moisture around your house.
Taking Advantage of Candle Warmers
You can make a homemade humidifier by using old candle warmers. With an electric candle warmer, put a glass vase or cup on it, then fill it with water. If you have a candle warmer that uses an actual candle underneath, fill the top receptacle with water. Never let either of the above types go dry, or they can be broken or cracked.
Using Wet Foam
This is another version of the sponge humidifier, but it is much cleaner and will not leak.
First, you need a tight sealing canister of some type. Create about 10 holes in it with a size of 1/8 inch.
Next, use a green wet foam (not dry foam). This can be size-corrected easily with a sharp knife. You can place your canister on top of the foam to measure its size.
The final step is putting the foam in the canister. Make sure you saturate it only with distilled water. Then seal the cap and place it anywhere in your house.
Using a Table Fan
To make this homemade humidifier, all you need is a bottle of water, a table fan, some strings, and a sheet of T-shirt.
First of all, tie a string around the top right side of your T-shirt.
Next, wrap the string, so that it holds the cloth against the bottom of the safety shield of the table fan, leaving some spare cloth at the bottom.
Then, tie the top left side, make sure the bottom string is still tight. The shirt should now be tightened against the fan, held in place by the strings.
After doing all the above steps, put the spare cloth at the bottom in a bottle full of water.
With this step, you have completed a humidifier by yourself
Please note down that you must change water every day because if the water is unclean, it will spread into the air, causing dust and sickness.