Warm your home by adding moisture to the air.

United States
January 13, 2007 3:14pm CST
Having to heat your home in the colder months can be problematic to the air you breathe. Dry air can lead to sinus problems. A frugal way to remedy this problem is to set a large pan filled with water on the stove and bring it to a boil. The moisture enters the air and adds moisture.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
13 Jan 07
yes thats very nice but i worry germ spores linger in moister am i wrong?
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• Australia
13 Jan 07
If that is true, I must live in a hive of germ spores. The air where I live is extremely humid at times; so much so the water drips off our faces and down our necks - but I enjoy extremely good health.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
14 Jan 07
well i will give this a try thanks for the information
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• United States
13 Jan 07
HAHA I do this, BUT I am absent minded sometimes and let it boil almost gone! If you do this please remember to check it frequesntly...lol
• United States
13 Jan 07
Hey, that is what the smoke alarm is for!
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• United States
14 Jan 07
lol if I haven't forgotten the batteries!!!!
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Now add to that pot one of the pomander balls you made for the holidays (oh, you say you didn't actually make one!) well, that's okay, add to the water in a medium pot -a cut orange, lemon, some citrus fruit -a small handful of cloves -a handful of cinnamon sticks or a TBSP -a touch of ginger -a snippet of cayenne pepper Let this brew simmer gently all day long. You can refresh with new ingredients for several days until it looks so gunky you must throw it away and start afresh ~Donna
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14 Jan 07
Throw it away???? HA, sprinkle with some Wild Turkey and you have yourself some home made cold reliever! :-) Warning: Joking please don't drink it.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Jan 07
humidifier - adding moisture to your indoor air will make you more comfortable and furniture and plants last longer and be happier
Dry air in the home is also hard on your furniture. Houseplants also needs more mositure in the winter like you do. Barring boiling water you can buy a humidifier. Sometimes I think the furnace can be fitted with something like a humidifier too!
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I use a humidifier in my bedroom and it has helped me very much at night when i am sleeping. This is a very good recommendation as well as the boiling water.
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@owlwings (40057)
• Cambridge, England
13 Jan 07
This is certainly a good thing to do but it doesn't 'Warm your home by adding moisture to the air' as you suggest. An equally good thing is just to leave bowls of water around. If you have a piano or other wooden musical instruments in your home, it is actually essential. Humans (and cats and dogs) are happiest in a temperature of between 62 and 68 degrees with a humidity of around 70% to 80%.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
13 Jan 07
When i was still little and lived at home my mother always stood a kettle of water on the stove,to keep the air moist. Thats how I know all about this, and it really works it keeps the air from being so dry.
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• Australia
13 Jan 07
Elusive Butterfly, that is a good idea for heating a cold room - but that isn't my problem. How about a good idea for COOLING a HOT room? Any ideas there? I have so many fans blasting away on me, but I'm continually wet because of the high humidity. Apart from air conditioners, which I don't like, can you suggest something for me? Good discussion. Hope it helps people in cold weather.
• United States
13 Jan 07
You must have known that my sinuses have been giving me serious problems lately! This is really great advice and I am gong to try it tonight. I used to have a vaporizer but I never liked all the maintenance involved with cleaning it all the time. I can handle using the stove and water though-thanks again!
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
13 Jan 07
i do that because i have propane heat and it is so dry. It's so dry that every night after my shower i have my bf put lotion on my back and i lotion up my legs and arms and face, i hate having dry skin.
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
13 Jan 07
When my kids were little we lived in a house with a free standing gas heater. We always kept huge kettles and pans of water on top, because in addition to the extra moisture, when our hot water froze, we had hot water for daily needs. Makes me think, I had better hang up some wet laundry and put a kettle on the stove. It has turned awfully cold,and the house is dry, in spite of all the house plants.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I can't get the hubby to let me hang the laundry up to dry. Dang it all.
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I forgot to say, I buy old crockpots at thrift shops and put them upstairs in the bedrooms with essential oils, like tea tree, to add moisture safely, since crock pots are designed to be turned on and allowed to simmer. Tea tree is said to be antibacterial.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Great tip regarding the crock pots. Our humidifier is on the fritz and I have a small crock that I use for potpourri. TX!
• United States
13 Jan 07
Does a tea kettle do the same thing? I know we run the tea kettle quite often in the winter. I also have this liquid potpourri pot we use to warm the house, does the liquid from that count too?
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh yes and I forgot to mention in that above one that we have been going through the cold spell too here. I am not sure what the low tempature was last night, but the other night it was -4 with a wind chill of -19. BBBBBRRR lol
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Wow, that is such a cool (er, warm? *laugh*) suggestion! I had never realized that. My family's home is pretty large and we have a hard time keeping it warm in the winter. It is really good timing that you posted this now, too, as we _had_ been a having an extra nice, warmish winter until these past two days. Things are really cold here in Missouri today *laugh* So maybe I will try your suggestion when and if I can pull myself away from this monitor for long enough to do it! LOL ^_^
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• United States
13 Jan 07
It is starting to get colder in the Northeast too. Our sinuses were bad this morning from the dry heat. I have pot of water on the stove now.
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@suscan (1955)
• United States
15 Jan 07
this is a great idea, and inexpensive,too. Doubly great.
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• Germany
15 Jan 07
A good suggestion. I also use this technique and it is very good to avoid the dryness caused by heating.
@steveblue (129)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 07
oh really. im not trying it yet before. maybe i should do this.thanx
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Good evening. I kill two birds with one stone. When I do laundry, before placing the clothes into the dryer I keep out a few items. There are usually several items that I don't want to dry anyway for fear that they will shrink. I open a wooden dry rack and put the clothes on it! The moisture is released into the air and the clothes dry in no time! Saves on dryer usage too, as it means I can usually combine two washer loads into one dryer load!
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I didn't know that you could do that. It would benefit my son, CJ, as well as ourselves. Thank you very much.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
14 Jan 07
Yep great advice! We have humidifiers in the bed rooms. Makes a world of difference to add moisture to the air, in the winter months. It also helps keep down that static cling. Of course there is never anything like putting on that favorite sweater and stepping out, along with that gym sock sticking to your back :-0
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• India
14 Jan 07
thanks lady for such cheap methods of adding moisture..you have helped us alll a lot...
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@Justme2007 (1848)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Thank you for this advice,I am trying it right now.
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