Homemade humidifier with the winter season means the onset of many health risks, with allergies being one of the most common in the list. During the cold winter months, turning on the central heating can suck the moisture from the air. This dry and uncomfortable indoor environment triggers allergies and causes other discomforts such as dry skin, congestion, and chapped lips.
One way of preventing and relieving these symptoms is through a humidifier. Humidifiers work by increasing moisture in an indoor environment and mimicking natural humid air. Though these equipment are often used to help with cold symptoms, humidifiers are also highly suggested by professionals for those who want to relieve their allergies.
Humidifiers can help relieve dry skin, sinus congestion, and stuffy nose by adding moisture in the air. The process, which was inspired by the same level of humidity before and after a rainstorm, helps clear mucous out of the airways through the steamed air.
Humidifiers come in different shapes, sizes, and price points. For those who prefer a more DIY path, however, there are easy ways to create a homemade humidifier using tools anyone can find at home.
How to make a Homemade Humidifier
Did you know that you can make your very own humidifier in a matter of minutes? Below are three neat and easy ideas that you can try the next time you feel the need for extra moisture in your home. The bonus: you only need a sponge, a hanger, and a bowl.
a) The Sponge Humidifier
Sponge humidifiers are popular homemade solutions during the winter season because one, they are very easy to make and second, everything you need are in your cupboard. For this, you’ll need the following:
• 2 evaporative cooling pads (car and kitchen sponges can also be used)
• A disposable baking pan
• A fan
How to assemble:
1. Cut your cooling pads into a size that is ¼ inches smaller than your baking pan. If you are using sponges, which are smaller, make sure that you have them in sizes that can fill the prescribed area of the pan.
2. Fill half of the pan with hot water.
3. Get your cooling pads/sponges and stack them in the pan. Leave them to soak for five minutes.
4. Place one end of the pan (in a 15-30 degree downward tilt) directly in front of your fan.
5. Set your fan on its lowest setting (medium if you are using a smaller one). You will immediately have your room humidified within the hour.
b) The Homespun Humidifier
This homemade humidifier is a definite classic and has been used around the world for at least a century now. It requires a bit more effort than the sponge humidifier but its effects last longer than the former.
• Metal hanger
• A medium-sized mixing bowl/large cereal bowl
• A hand towel
How to assemble:
1. Fill about � of the bowl with hot water.
2. Get your metal hanger and bend its bottom bar to create a skeleton that will fit the edge of the bowl closely and enable it to stand on its own. If the metal proves to be too stiff and sturdy, you can use pliers to bend it. Be careful not to cut or hurt yourself when doing this.
3. Get your towel and soak one end of it in the hot water for 10 seconds. Afterwards, wrap the other end on top of the hanger’s hook. You can use a clothespin to secure it.
4. Spread the towel so that it almost touches the inside edge of the bowl. This will enable the water to be effectively distributed into the air and add humidity to the room. You can refill the bowl every two days or when much of the water has been absorbed already.
Besides these simple DIY humidifiers, other methods can also improve the moisture level in your home. Read on below for additional easy hacks you can do.
1. Get Houseplants
Not only will you make your indoors more colorful during the long, cold days of winter, the transpiration process of these potted greeneries can also inject more moisture into the air. The moisture evaporating from the stems and leaves of plants will circulate indoors and help lift off some of the dryness in the air. Just make sure to water them regularly because a dry home can be tough on houseplants too.
2. Place vases in sunny spots
If you find the singular green hue of houseplants too limiting for you, you can also opt for more colorful blooms as well. Buy your favorite flowers, put them in a vase with water, and place them in sunny spots like window sills. The heat from the sunshine will evaporate the water and release moisture into the air.
3. Dry clothes indoors
Save energy by skipping the dryer and humidifying your room at the same time. The next time you do the laundry, grab your damp clothes and set up a drying rack in your bedroom to dry them overnight. The moisture clinging to the clothes will seep into the air—not to mention add the fresh scent of new laundry into your space.
4. Opt for stovetop cooking
Stovetop cooking can help increase your indoor air moisture. Want to drink hot cocoa? Use the kettle instead rather than the microwave to heat your drink. Try to avoid using the oven as much as possible when the air is dry because the heat from it sucks up more moisture from the air.
5. Leave bowls of water on top of heat registers
This is one of the most effective and easiest ways to boost the humidity in your home. Get small metal bowls, fill them with water, and place them on top or next to heat radiators. The temperature will evaporate the water and add moisture into the air.
Not only does dry indoor air cause discomfort, it can also be the root of several health problems like allergies. Fortunately, there are easy ways to prevent the situation that anyone can do on their own. While real humidifiers are definitely easier to use, a little bit of resourcefulness can take you a long way in making your home a more comfortable place.