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  • 12-15-2008 10:59 AM

    Adding Moisture to the Air

    It seems every year I end up buying a humidifier and it turns out to be a waste of money. Does anyone have any frugal suggestions of putting moisture into the air without having to run an appliance? I already put wet towels on my heat registers.
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  • 12-15-2008 11:09 AM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    Do you have houseplants? Houseplants expire moisture as well as oxygen.  Put bowls of water in out of way places and hang wet cloths wherever you can in addition to the wet towels on the heat registers. 


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  • 12-15-2008 11:10 AM In reply to

    • Edey
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    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    I put a big pot of water on the stove and let it simmer all day. It puts just enough moisture in the air, and the extra moisture helps to make the house feel warmer too. Check the water level occasionally but a big pot of several gallons will last for several hours. Edey

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  • 12-15-2008 11:27 AM In reply to

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    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    This involves running an appliance, but it doesn't take much power at all. Fill a crock pot with water, put it out in the room you want to moisturize, and turn it on high with the lid off. Just add water as it evaporates. I get a lot of bad nosebleeds when the air is dry, and this works for me. I do also have quite a few houseplants. 

    If you add a few tablespoons of baking soda, it's also a room deodorizer. 

  • 12-15-2008 11:32 AM In reply to

    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    Thank to all. Yes my parlor is full of large plants and I have a couple of those mini crock pots.
    If you add a few tablespoons of baking soda, it's also a room deodorizer. 
    Great Idea. I'm glad I checked here before buying a another humidifier.
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  • 12-15-2008 12:01 PM In reply to

    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    Hanging my laundry to dry instead of running the dryer all the time seems to help. I hang most of the stuff in our bedroom and I feel like it is not as dry in there at night.

    DH showers at night and leaves the door open (I would freeze personally) to let the steamy air out.

    When the boys take a bath, I leave the water in the tub (and I have been using some to water plants, too). I drain it after a while b/c i don't want my youngest to fall in by accident or my oldest to play in the water and make a mess.

    My mom runs her tea kettle on low most of the day (check often so you don't scorch the bottom).

  • 12-15-2008 1:39 PM In reply to

    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    When I had a big drafty house, I put a stocking at the end of the dryer hose & let the steamy hot dryer air help heat my house. There's a metal box with vents (looks like an a/c vent that goes in the ceiling for central heat & air) that you can purchase at a hardware store or home improvement store to "recycle" the air safely, it has a place where the dryer hose fits in. I was poor, and never had trouble using the stocking.

    I actually just learned about the metal box when watching a show on the 'greenest' homes in the US.

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  • 12-15-2008 1:41 PM In reply to

    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    We just keep large opaque vases around the house and keep them filled with water. As the water evaporates, it will leave mineral deposits behind, so try not to choose clear vases because they will look "cloudy" quickly.


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  • 12-22-2008 12:35 AM In reply to

    • JULEAH
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    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

    I usually fill the biggest pot I can find with water, pour some imitation vanilla and some cinnamon in it and put it on slow simmer on the stove.  Not only will it put moisture in the air and make your house feel warmer but it makes the house smell really nice.  

  • 12-22-2008 7:24 AM In reply to

    Re: Adding Moisture to the Air

     They have a better appliance out now. 

    It is a small bucket with vents.  The dryer hose attaches into the top of the bucket and you fill the bucket with water (I add cinnamon to the water also).  Excess lint is trapped in the water.  Nice hot, humid air blows out.  Empty the bucket regularly (about once a week) and refill with water.

     It costs $10 at the home improvement stores.

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