This is the time of year where my nose betrays me; I can never be sure if the sudden feeling of wet is going to be a runny nose or a bleeding one. It’s difficult to safely sniffle or swipe my hand across my upper lip without nervously checking to make sure I don’t look like an extra in Carrie.
For years I relied on my trusty humidifier to get me through these cold, dry months, but since starting on the self-sufficiency lifestyle I went looking for better alternatives.
Here is a list of the top 3 ways you can increase humidity in your home without relying on a humidifier.
1. Hang your wet clothes indoors to dry.
I know during the spring and summer we’re all used to pinning up clothes and letting them dry in the warm breeze. During the winter months we become reliant upon our dryers once again, staring longingly out at our frozen clotheslines.
As it turns out, hanging up your clothes by the fireplace, in the living room, or even in the basement will be better for your air quality and your electricity bill. If your clothes are struggling to dry, just give them a few more hours than you would if you hung them outside or move them closer to a heat source like the stove or warm vents.
2. Place bowls of water around your home.
This tip might give you flashbacks to the movie Signs, but this time you’ll be putting water around because of your nose and not because of aliens.
Putting full bowls of water by heat sources such as your fireplace or even on top of your wood stove (as long as the bowls can take the heat!) will lead to lots of evaporation and a higher moisture content.
If you don’t have a fireplace or stove, putting the bowls in windowsills or by floor vents can increase the evaporation rates as well.
3. Make a cup of tea.
Having a warm mug of tea on a cold winter day is one of the most comforting feelings known to ranch wives. This tea will not only hydrate you, but the process of making it will raise humidity levels in your home.
If you want to extend the benefits of tea-making on your air quality, leave the kettle on the stove for a bit longer after you’ve reached boiling. Just pop the lid open on the end so you don’t have to hear that high-pitched screeching and enjoy the billowing moisture!
If you don’t already have one, try out one of these amazing cast iron kettles. They’re incredibly pretty and you won’t have to worry about them scalding or catching fire.
Go forth and be moisturized!
One last idea would be to place a wet, sticky newborn calf to dry off by your wood stove in an emergency, but I think we’d all like to avoid that if possible!
Hopefully these tips give you some new ideas on how to avoid the dry, itchy skin and the upset nose syndrome that seem to accompany the winter months, without needing to plug into an outlet.
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