How to Humidify a Room Naturally

Humidifiers are the best way to add moisture to a room. It’s a well-known fact, and while there are thousands of systems to choose from, these machines are not the only solution. If you wake up every morning feeling dried out or are simply tired of shocking yourself indoors, we’re here to tell you how to humidify a room naturally without a humidifier.

Humidify a room through showering 

Humidify a room through showering

Everyone loves a good hot shower. Well, if you don’t have a bathroom fan to remove excess moisture from the room, you essentially have a humidifier on hand.

Whenever you take a steamy shower, you can leave the bathroom door open and let the moisture spread throughout the surrounding areas. If privacy is a concern, you can steam out the room and open the door afterward – just make sure the fan is off if you have one in your bathroom.

Alternatively, if you prefer showers to bath, hot water from the tub will release moisture into the air as it cools. If you love a hot bath, open the door when you’re done and let the water cool before pulling the plug. 

Humidify a room through cooking

Humidify a room through cooking

The kitchen is another area you can use to humidify a room naturally in a variety of ways. Do you have a traditional range? If so, you may have noticed that the back burner puts off a considerable amount of heat when you are baking something in the stove.

Putting a pot of water on that back eye while the oven is on can help humidify a room naturally. Boiling, in general, is a good idea as well. If you microwave beverages like tea, consider boiling water instead. The same goes for any “instant” foods like potatoes that can be microwaved or cooked on a stove.

Humidify a room with houseplants 

Humidify a room with houseplants

While hot showers are the easiest way to humidify a certain part of your home naturally, houseplants can help you add a bit of moisture to any room in your home through the process of transpiration. Simply put, water makes its way from the soil to the leaves where it evaporates into the air.

Some plants are better at producing humidity than others, however. Plants with wider leaves fare better, although opinions vary wildly on which plants are best. That being said, there are a few plants that stand root and leaves above the rest with transpiration.

Palms are excellent choices for houseplants and excel as natural indoor humidifiers. A Bamboo Palm is an easy starter plant for beginners but can grow between 4 to 10 feet when fully matured. The Areca Palm is smaller and a bit more colorful as well. Boston Ferns are another popular option but need plenty of water and indirect sunlight.

Dracaena’s are another plant that does an outstanding job of purifying the air by reducing containments like formaldehyde and benzene. These tidy plants won't’ take up much space and are very easy to care for. The Spider plant is a great choice for novice gardeners as well, while a Peace Lilly will add a touch of class to any room.

Humidify a room by drying clothing

Humidify a room by drying clothing

When you wash your clothes and put them in the dryer, warm and moisture are sent out of your home through a vent. If you don’t mind waiting for your clothing to dry, you can use damp clothes to moisturize the air in the room and save electricity in the process.

You can hang damp clothing from a number of things in your home, but a drying rack is the best choice. There are hundreds of options to choose from as well whether you want a clip-based system or a large drying rack that can handle an entire load.

Other ways to humidify a room naturally 

The methods we’ve listed are common ways homeowners can add moisture to the air in a room. There are other methods, however, and some are surprisingly simple.

If you have a metal or ceramic bowl and a heat source, this trick can quickly add moisture to the air in the winter. Fill a bowl full of water and place it near a radiator or floor vent when the heat is on. That heat will vaporize the water and release moisture. A damp towel can serve the same purpose when properly placed.

Another easy trick is to fill a vase with water and place it in a window that gets plenty of sunlight. Vases or glass jars work well even without the flowers, and you can add decorations inside glass containers to liven things up. Any open container with water will release a degree of moisture as it evaporates, including fishbowls and uncovered aquariums.

Do you have a dishwasher? Those put out plenty of heat during the drying cycle. By skipping that and opening the door, you can moisture the air to a degree. A more decorative alternative is a cast-iron stove steamer. While not exactly cheap, they come in a variety of designs and are an ideal option for rustic kitchens and wood-burning stoves.

Final Thoughts

All of the methods in our guide are ways to humidify a room naturally, and solutions that will work for almost any homeowner. With that in mind, they are no substitute for traditional humidifiers that are built to deal with larger areas and run continuously. If you’re interested in learning more about the types of humidifiers available, be sure to check out our humidifier guide.

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