Things You'll Need
- A pot
- 4 x 6 inch cellulose sponge (one for each room)
- 1 gallon Ziploc bag (one for each room)
- Hole punch
If your house is too dry, you and your family will begin to see the effects immediately. Constant thirst and dry skin can be a thing of the past if you create your own humidifier. While you can buy a humidifier for $50 or more, it may be easier to craft one yourself.
Make the simplest humidifier by filling a pot of hot water and placing it on top of your radiator. Apartments with old, hot radiators tend to dry out the room. If you do not have a radiator, skip to step 2.
Fold over a Ziploc bag several times and punch several rows of holes. Do not worry if you aren’t able to punch all the way though, even a partial punch will allow the homemade humidifier to work.
Wet your sponge in the sink and ring it out until all the excess water has been squeezed out. Place the sponge in the bag and seal the bag up.
Put the bag and sponge in a dry room in your house. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with additional sponges and Ziploc bags for each of the rooms in your house. You should notice a difference within a day.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 each day to renew your sponge’s moisture and to continue to humidify your house.
To keep sponges from getting moldy, make sure to rinse the sponges every day. For further protection, microwave the sponges 30 to 45 seconds before you rinse them to kill germs.
The sponge method is a larger version of a humidifier used for a guitar. Depending on the size of your room, you may need a second sponge and bag in each room to ensure it is getting humid enough.
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