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How-To Make Your Own Humidifier

How-To: Make Your Own "Humidifier"

Back when I lived in the frozen tundra that is Chicago, my building was equipped with old-school heaters. You know, those "steam" registers that get so hot, you could use them as cooking units. The problem with those clickety-clack heaters? While they were "steam" radiators, they actually made the air so dry that I'd wake up parched. My skin was beginning to suffer.

Since I didn't really have room for a humidifier (no, seriously, it was a tiny studio), my friend suggested I put a pot of water on the hotter-than-hot register to bring moisture into the air. You know what? Her makeshift humidifier worked wonders. Not only did my skin improve, but I slept so much better, too.

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ashleyroselong ashleyroselong 6 years
I used a hot pot; filled it up with water and just let it boil down
Jess8902 Jess8902 7 years
It's like this in Ohio too. We have a woodstove and fireplace that we heat with mostly so of course our skin is always horribly dry. Putting a pot of water on the woodstove is what we do, sometimes we put a lil orange peel in there too, it smells awesome!!
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
oh wow..i think i might have to try this
caryatid caryatid 7 years
I love all the Chicago people commenting on this - clearly we are all in the same dry, cracking boat. It was sort of warm yesterday though!!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I don't have registers like this at my home. I did hear about the towel trick too and I'll have to try that. I have a humidifier in my bedroom right next to my bed.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
Chicago weather is indeed bloody FOUL. And I do mean bloody, I've had issues from both nosebleeds and bleeding cracked skin this year. Word to the wise: if it's subzero, leave the clogs at home, wooly socks or no! The pain of a split heel is a special kind of hell! Alas, my apartment doesn't have that sort of heating...so I just need to spring for a humidifier already. I am SICK of being a dried-out husk of my usual self!
tarynitup tarynitup 7 years
Hehe! She said "the frozen tundra that is Chicago"! Speak the truth girl, the weather here is obscene. I think spring is gonna skip us again this year and go straight to sweltering summer! btw, not to be a smart-ass but they're called radiators!
eowynnie eowynnie 7 years
My radiator is on the ceiling. :(
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
My bf does this in the winter so he won't get nose bleeds.
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
This is not new at all, my grandma was using it 50-60 years ago!
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 7 years
I have a different type of heater but I put a bowl of water in from of it in the winter. Ever since my older sister used to do it so she didn't get nosebleeds from the dry air. It is definitely a quick fix and you don't wake up with a dry throat either!
caryatid caryatid 7 years
i've heard hanging a wet towel (not DRIPPING wet) on your door knob while you sleep (or all the time) does wonders too... i need to try it!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
My parents would do this in our old place - we had a wood burning stove, and it got so dry sometimes that they'd put a cast-iron kettle that we had on top of the stove and fill it with water. Helped a lot. :)
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
YOU ARE MY HERO! I just asked Fitsugar not that long ago about DIY humdifier. Your post is an answer to my prayers.
emalove emalove 7 years
I don't have radiators in my house, but I own a couple of humidifiers. They're a must-have for me.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I do this every winter, it has made such a difference.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Oh wow how neat. My apt has these type of radiators too but alas I worry my cats would try to explore and I would come home to water everywhere. I wouldn't mind but water and berber carpet do not mix.
reactionary reactionary 7 years
i've done this before. in my college dorm we had heaters like those, and the air would get so ridiculously dry that i have semi-permanent cracks in the skin on my legs from them. so i used to leave out plates of water on top of it, and it helped a little.
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