Occasionally the air in a house can get dry, especially in the winter time. This dry air can affect a variety of things, including your eyes, skin, and hair. Dry air can also lead to the buildup of static electricity which can shock you or others when you touch someone or something. But what can you do if you don’t have a dehumidifier?
Here are some options to dehumidify your home without having to use a humidifier.
Leave the Dishwasher Open
An easy way to dehumidify your home is to leave your dishwasher open instead of using the drying cycle when washing dishes. By leaving the dishwasher open during the drying cycle, you allow the steam to escape and help dehumidify your home. Just make sure to close your dishwasher when finished.
Put Out Bowls of Water
Place water in a bowl on your windowsill and allow it to sit in the sun. The heat should evaporate the water and add moisture to the air in your home. Another way to use a container of water as a humidifier is to place an oven-safe dish on a radiator while it is on. Check the pot often to ensure that you don’t scorch them.
Use a Crock-pot
You can also fill a Crock-pot with water, turn it on, and leave the lid off to help dehumidify your home. Just make sure to refill the water every day. And while boiling water on the stove might be a quicker method for putting moisture back into the air, a Crock-pot should function the same way but over a longer period of time.
Cook on the Stove
Cooking on your stove top is a great way to put moisture back into the air. In addition, cooking can warm up your house, giving it some much-needed warmth in the winter. Simmering a pot of soup for a few hours to keep the moisture benefits of cooking going for an extended amount of time.
Use a Steamer on the Stove
If you have a cast iron steamer and a wood burning stove, you can use both to put moisture back into the air. You can find a steamer at your local farm supply store or online. Simple to use, simply fill the steamer with water and place it on the stove top to use.
Take a Bath or Shower
Another way to get moisture into the air without a humidifier is to leave the bathroom door open the next time you take a shower or bath. The steam should add some moisture to the air, especially any water in the bathtub, which will add moisture to the air as it cools off.
Buy More Houseplants
You can use houseplants to put moisture back into the air through a process called transpiration. Transpiration happens when the moisture on the leaves and stems of your houseplants evaporates. This puts moisture back into the air, so more is better.
Hang Your Clothes Up to Dry
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Instead of drying your clothes in the dryer try hanging them up to dry in your home. Hang them on a variety of surfaces, including the backs of chairs, on a drying rack, or across the shower rod. The moisture from the clothing as it evaporates will humidify the air. This method also saves you money on your electric bill.