Posted by Josie | 9:21 AM | 2 comments »

Thanks in advance to our local weatherman in the Charlotte, NC area for sharing the following tips:

According to the Mayo clinic, the optimal amount of humidity for a room is between 30-50 percent. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in a room. You can purchase them at Amazon.com for $9.99.

If you suffer from sore throats during the winter season, the culprit may be because your home is too dry. Many of our furnaces are running non-stop.

Here’s some ideas for home-made humidifiers:

1. Simply place a glass of water on your heater and let the water evaporate.

2. If you don’t have a flat top heater, soak a clean car-washing sponge in warm water. Squeeze to remove excess water and place in a punctured plastic freezer bag. Place in rooms as needed. When reusing, place sponge in microwave for 1 minute to rid of bacteria.

3. Keep your bathroom door open when showering with hot water. The steam will drift into the next room.

4. Purchase some inexpensive house plants. When you water the plants the water will evaporate through the leaves and back into the room.

5. Boil water on the stove, place in bowl and seal. Wait a few minutes for steam to gather, then bring to room that needs humidifying and unseal. Steam will instantly rise up into the air.

6. An open fish tank mixes business with pleasure and increases moisture in a soothing effective way.

Please note that it’s not recommended that you dry your clothes on radiators or heaters. Yes, moisture is being sent back into the air but the water may spread mold, bacteria, and viruses.


  1. Mary Ricksen // February 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM  

    I need the opposite down here in Florida, but great idea!

  2. Beth Trissel // February 24, 2015 at 8:44 AM  

    This old farmhouse is so dry, I need any and all suggestions. Thanks!