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Homemade humidifiers

I am wondering if anyone has any good, easy and effective methods of making their own humidifiers at home. It is chilly in the NorthEast US and this means the heat is on more often at home(at school my classeoom is VERY dry ALL the time so need help there too). My apt is becoming very dry in some areas, it is starting to affect my health and items in the apt this year and looking on ideas on how to help.

The bathroom is easy enough if I close the door after I shower, and the kitchen if I am home often have a pot of hot tea or soup brewing that puts some humidity into the air. My bedrooms and living/dining rooms on the other hand I need some extra help in, this is where things are drying out the most(and I don't just mean me).

I have gas heat, it comes out at floor level vents. I went back to putting mason jars full of water in front of them for the worst 2 rooms(I even added clove so get a little scent in there too) but that only helps when the heat is on. I would rather not have to run the heat or stove to get the extra moisture into the air.

Does anyone have any tried and effective ideas to help?? Thanks :)


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Jan. 2nd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
You would have to be extremely careful with this, and if you have pets or children you should avoid it all together, but the only thing I can think of is to maybe get a fondue pot (you can find these super cheap at Goodwill or similar stores), fill the pot with water, and then set it over the flame (you have to fill the little spongy burner with denatured alcohol. just enough for the sponge inside to absorb it all.) You would have to check on it often obviously. You need some kind of heat to produce any kind of vapor, so finding something you're comfortable with using I guess would be key here. I'm lucky enough to have a humidifier connected to the furnace, so I've never had to think about it.

Good luck!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
None to worry about(pets all in tanks)and this would work while home.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
My roommate puts water in a crockpot and turns it on. Seems to be working.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
I have done this in the winter when I am home, I am looking for things I can leave when I'm not at home as well. Crockpots are good for many things :)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
That's what my mom does with her old one. It works really well.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
You don't need heat to add moisture to the air. Just having open containers of water will improve the humidity.

So long as you don't have kids or pets, you can leave an inch of water in the tub or sink.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Just a small contribution to your humidity, but every bit might help:

Set up a drying rack in the rooms that need humidifying and hang your laundry there to dry.

Or, if you have and use a clothes dryer instead, you could disconnect the dryer hose to let the humidity pump back into the house rather than outside (assuming your code allows this).
Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I just bought a new drying rack, will start hanging more clothes. Thanks :)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Just note (for anyone else looking for suggestions) that if you have a GAS dryer, this is a really really bad idea because of fumes.
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. Thanks for pointing that out. I so rarely see gas dryers that I tend to forget that they exist--and I had no idea how they were vented. Yeah, never vent your gas appliances into your house. Bad idea.

I do know that for electric dryers, though, there used to be a little plastic device you could use purchase to run your dryer hose into if you couldn't get access to run to the outside of a building. The device basically was a little reservoir of water which apparently was designed to trap fine lint that escaped the regular lint screen.
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
I have a gas dryer, actually...and it's only 2 years old. We bought it when we moved into an apartment that only had a gas hookup and our house has both electric and gas, so we just kept the dryer when we moved. For a while, we didn't have a vent and there was no location to install one that was an easy fix (the elderly lady that lived here never had one installed). They make nothing like that resevoir for gas dryers (for obvious reasons. I was always super weird about running it but we finally have it all hooked up correctly.

Not safe, for sure! Thankfully it was at least way in the basement and there's a cement floor separating us from it.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'll sometimes leave out a big pot of water with a sponge sticking out of it.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I know warm mist humidifiers aren't as good for you as cool mist, but I don't know if that's true in regards to DIY humidifying.

If you have the $20 (and that's all they cost for a small one) humidifiers are a cheap investment and do an amazing job. Plants are also natural humidifiers.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
actually cool mist humidifiers can carry a heavy bacterial load
if not cleaned very regularly. Hot mist vaporizers are not so bad in this regard
Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
I've found having plants helps with the humidity, if you can remember to keep them watered. I put them out in summer. :)

I don't turn on the vent in the bathroom when I shower, I just leave the door open a crack (bath in the master) until I'm done, then fully open it.

I keep a pot of water on the stove top, not turned on just full of water.

I don't vent my drier outside, I vent it in (clotheslines in summer).

Oh, and I have several betas strategically placed around the house as well as a 20 gallon aquarium. Fish amuse me, and they help keep the house from drying out.

Get a fish tank for your classroom, if they'll let you, and a couple of plants. Both will brighten up the place and add humidity.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
For the first time I do have several plants in my classroom, but they dry out quickly as well. It really is just that bad this year, and that was before the heat even went on. I am going to leave more around the room, maybe bamboo again that has water in the containers. OR I can just set up containers around the room and let the kids measure once a week to see how dry it really is.

I just don't even remember it being so dry in my apt, I had 2 items in my bedroom rip apart recenty because of it that I am NOT happy about :(
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