Homemade humidifiers help greatly to relieve the dry air problem. There are different types of humidifiers, most types release moisture in the air by release of steam. For example a hot shower can help to increase the moisture level in your house, and also is recommended as a remedy to open a clogged nose. Here are more benefits of humidification systems.
Using a humidifier you can prevent many problems. Humidifiers can help to prevent the loss of skin moisture, and thus prevent drying of the skin. Home humidification is especially beneficial for people suffering from sinus problems. The humidifiers help to increase the moisture inside the nose, and allow in mucus secretions. They also help to maintain indoor houseplants, as plants need a good moisture level for their growth. They can also be used as a preventive measure against throat and nasal problems. Home humidification can also prevent the spread of germs and flu.
How to Make a Humidifier
Given below are three homemade humidifier solutions, which are easy to make and can be used to prevent a dry air environment inside the house.
Making a Sponge Humidifier
This is one of the easiest way to make the homemade room humidifier. This solution works great for smaller places like a closet or a small bedroom. Take a large freezer plastic bag, and make holes in it using a hole puncher; around 20 holes should suffice. Then take a big sponge, wet it with tap water, and squeeze the excess water to just maintain it damp. Place the sponge inside the plastic bag, and keep it in the room where you wish to increase the moisture level. You can place one or more sponge bags to increase or decrease the level of humidity.
Increasing Humidity with Shower
With this method you can increase the humidity of the room which is adjacent to the bathroom pretty quickly. To increase the humidity level using a shower, turn on the hot shower, and then close the bathroom door, then close the adjacent room door. After 5 minutes, open the bathroom door to let the hot steam enter inside the room.
Boiling Water to Increase Moisture
This is another quick and effective way to increase the moisture level in the house. Boil water in a large pot, and close the lid while heating the water. Then take the pot to the room where you wish to increase the moisture level, be careful while handling the pot to avoid any burns or spilling of the water. Place the pot on a wooden table, and take off the lid. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil in the pot after the boiling. This will give a nice herbal smell and kill flu germs too.
Spraying Water on Curtains
This method to increase humidity will only work in summers. Take a spray bottle and spray water on the curtains. Keep spraying till the curtains are damp but not dripping wet. Now, open the windows and let the warm air from outside enter using the curtains as filters. This will increase the humidity in the particular room, as the warm air blowing through the curtains will evaporate the water.
After you have done washing your clothes, dry them inside the house. You can install a clothesline at a height in the room or simply hang the clothes in the room using a hanger. If you have a fan in the room then turn it on medium speed. This method will quickly increase the humidity level.
More Tips to Increase Humidity
To counteract the effect of a dry air surrounding, drink lots of fluids like water, juice, coffee or tea. You can also have soups or broths, as they will keep your body warm. Take short showers with warm water, and avoid hot water. To retain moisture in your skin, apply moisturizer just after your bath, and use lip balm. Following these tips, along with the humidifier solutions provided above, you will successfully be able to increase the humidity levels of your house, and keep yourself well-hydrated. If the above solutions fail, then you should look at getting a commercially made humidifier for your house.
For humidity monitoring you can keep a meter which checks the humidity level, and whenever you get the reading showing low moisture level, use the above methods to increase house humidity. Make sure you use the above methods with care, if you have children or pets in the house, as they can be more sensitive to increased moisture levels.