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Winter is the season of hand lotion and lip balm. The dry air sucks all the moisture out of our skin, leaving us with scales, itchiness, and discomfort. A humidifier in your home is one way to ease the pain, but you don’t have to buy one to add extra moisture to the air. Check out these easy tips that will spare your skin and maybe even save you a little money.

Forget the dryer

Set up a line for drying clothes inside your home. It’s as simple as screwing a couple of bolts into opposite walls and tying a taut line between them. Make sure that the drying clothes won’t get in the way of your everyday activities. You can use a clothes drying rack instead; it’s easy to move and still gets the job done.

As water evaporates from the clothes, it will add moisture to the air in your home. In fact, according to sfgate.com, “Drying clothes indoors can add 10 liters of humidity to the air per week.” Plus, by skipping the dryer, you save a little on electricity.

Boil water

Set a pot of water on the stove, bring it to a boil, and then turn the heat down to a simmer. This won’t add moisture to your whole home, but the evaporating water will make your kitchen more comfortable. Get an added perk from this method by adding a few drops of vanilla extract or another fragrant substance to the water. Your house will smell fantastic!

Keep the shower water around

Instead of letting all the water drain when you take a shower, plug the tub so the water stays around for a while. It is warm, so it will add moisture to your home as it evaporates. This might mean you have to clean the tub a little more often during the winter, but the extra humidity is worth it.

Use bowls, vases, and plants

You can put bowls of water near heat sources in your home to add moisture to the air, but be careful if you have rambunctious kids or pets; you could end up with a big wet mess. To make the bowls easier to see and more attractive, decorate them. You can put some pretty pebbles at the bottom or use floating candles to give them a romantic touch.

Decorative vases filled with water and some cut flowers are another lovely way to add humidity to your home. Pansies, snapdragon, Iceland poppies, and Cyclamen are all colorful choices you’ll likely be able to get in winter.

You get a humidity bonus if you have houseplants. The plants undergo transpiration, which basically means they release moisture into the air via pores on their leaves. When you water your plants, you’ll also be watering your air. How awesome is that?

Don’t let dry air beat you

Don’t let dry winter air get the better of you in the upcoming cold months. Sure, it’s fun to shop for fragrant lotions, but it isn’t fun to have to reapply every ten minutes. Use these tips to keep your home comfortable and moist.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.