how to increase humidity in house
Household Tips & Tricks

How To Increase Humidity In Your House

In the Winter months, humidity levels within your home can be low which can make for an unpleasant living environment. Low levels of humidity can lead to dry skin, static electricity, and cracked lips as well as making you and your family more prone to colds and flu.

It can also be hard on wooden furniture and hardwood floors, potentially causing them to warp or crack. So, getting the humidity levels right in your home is important. 

How To Humidify Your House

Luckily, there are many ways to raise humidity levels in your home. One room humidifier will quickly and easily raise the humidity, but there are also other options such as a steam humidifier or whole house humidifiers.

But, if you don’t happen to have a humidifier at hand, there are some simple humidifying hacks you can try:

Humidifier Alternatives

1. Make Your Own Room Mister

humidifier alternative room mister

One of the most effective ways to raise humidity levels in a small room is the use of a mister. You can purchase a simple mister from your local hardware store or you can make your own.

The easiest way to make your own mister is simply by filling a spray bottle with water and lightly spraying it into the air. You can even add a few drops of essential oil to make the room smell nice while also adding moisture to the air.

2. Increase Your Indoor Plant Collection

humidifier alternative pot plants

Indoor plants are excellent at helping to raise the humidity in your home. They will also help make the air in your home more fresh and clean by absorbing some toxins and pollutants that may be floating around.

Tropical plants with large leaves are especially good at helping to raise the humidity levels within your home, and they look great too!

3. Add Moisture To Your Cooking

humidifier alternative boiling water

Using your stovetop to cook more often (rather than your oven or microwave) will help add some moisture to the air in your home.

If levels are really low, consider bringing a large saucepan of water to the boil and then letting it simmer for a while. The steam will quickly help the humidity of the air in your home.

4. Have a Hot Shower

humidifier alternative shower

Enjoy a nice warm shower and, if privacy permits, leave the doors open to allow the steam, and moisture, to fill the nearby rooms. 

5. Decorative Water Bowls

humidifier alternative water bowls

Find some nice glass bowls and fill them with water. Float some flowers or petals in the water if you want them to look pretty.

You can even add some essential oils or some citrus peel to make it smell nice too. Leave these decorative bowls near your heating vents and allow the moisture to evaporate over the coming days and weeks.

6. Dry Your Wet Laundry By Hanging It Around Your Home

humidifier alternative laundry

Skip the dryer and hang dry your laundry by hanging it out over a clothes horse or similar. As the washing dries, the moisture is absorbed into the air in your house, increasing the humidity level.

7. Let Your Bathwater Sit For A While

humidifier alternative bathwater

Don’t drain the bathtub immediately once you’ve finished bathing, let the water sit and evaporate into the air. Similar to the decorative water bowls, leaving large amounts of water in your home is a quick and easy way to increase the humidity.

But, if you have small children in your home, skip this step as bathwater can be dangerous for unsupervised children.

8. Buy A Humidifier

how to increase humidity in home

If none of these methods suit your lifestyle, you can always buy a humidifier for your home. They’re pretty common and affordable these days, so this can be another great option if you don’t fancy any of the other methods listed above.

Increasing the humidity in your house can be as simple as boiling some water or taking a hot shower, or as pretty as keeping some nice, decorative water bowls or some luscious new house plants!

In other words, there are plenty of fun, cheap and easy ways to raise the humidity levels in your home so that you can create a safe and comfortable living environment.