Simple Ways to Humidify without a Humidifier

Humidifier spreading steam into the living room

Having dry air in your home can be uncomfortable, especially if you have asthmaallergies, skin conditions like psoriasis, or a cold. Increasing the humidity, or water vapor in the air, is usually done with a humidifier. Unfortunately, these annoyances pop up even more in the dry winter months.

However, humidifiers can sometimes be expensive and are usually only effective for a single room. Fortunately, there are ways that you can naturally increase the humidity in your home to combat dry air.

Tub water or Shower water: After bathing, leave the water in the tub and let it cool instead of immediately draining it. This allows time for the moisture to evaporate into the air. Similarly, after taking a hot shower, open the bathroom door to allow the steam to naturally humidify nearby rooms.

Plants: A houseplant can also add moisture to the air via the process of transpiration. Once a plant is watered, moisture is released through pores in the leaves, increasing the humidity level in the room.

Air-dry Laundry: Instead of drying your clothes and towels via machine, allow them to air-dry. The damp clothes will release water back into the air as they dry.

Boil water on stove: Throw a pot of water on the stove and boil away! The hot steam will help humidify the room naturally.

Vases or Fountains: Fill some vases with colored stones or marbles and some water, and set them on sunny windowsills. Or relax with a running fountain in the room.

The level of moisture in your room shouldn’t be too high or too low. Lack of humidity can result in drying of the upper airway, which is a known respiratory irritant and too much may create a sense of ‘heaviness’ of ambient air which can result in overgrowth of fungi and dust mites, resulting in stimulation of allergic symptoms.


Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.