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Alee Posted - Feb 04 2008 : 08:30:42 AM
Did you know moist air holds warmth better than dry air? If your house is feeling a bit chilly but the furnace is always running, and if your skin starts to feel a bit dry, you might need to increase the humidity in your house.

A great smelling way to do this is to boil or simmer a large pot of water on the stove and simply add some cloves, cinnamon and vanilla extract to the water. It will smell like you are making some lucious dessert!

Another way to add more heat and humidity to your house is to buy a dry vent converter. With this device, you run your dryer hose into a contraption that looks like a coffee can with a domed lid. You fill the converter with water and then turn on the dryer. Any dryer lint gets caught by the water but the humidity and heat get released into the air. These converters usually cost about $5 and can be found at hardware stores.

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loribeck Posted - Oct 06 2019 : 6:20:39 PM
Dianna, lemon peel and ginger sound divine. That is what I am going to try.

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suny58 Posted - Oct 06 2019 : 09:18:26 AM
Glad you picked up on this one Lori! I want to try that lemon peel and ginger! It RARELY becomes dry around here so no dry skin problems, but I love the thought of the lemon peels and ginger for my allergies! :)

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loribeck Posted - Oct 04 2019 : 7:09:49 PM
Hmmmmmm. Some good ideas here. This house needs some kind of moisture in the winter. I touch something and get a shock from it. Also my skin gets so dry in the winter. We have a gas stove so I guess I will use my crockpot to put some water in and add some yummy smelling things to it.

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garyw965 Posted - Mar 06 2012 : 2:17:55 PM
Personally I think the are better than putting a hole in the wall. In summer it doesn't matter I hang clothes outside.
FARMALLChick Posted - Feb 24 2012 : 06:59:25 AM
Those dryer converters are great. We had one in the old house and are going to put one in the new house.


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garyw965 Posted - Feb 22 2012 : 09:24:48 AM
I have the dryer converter in my house. I had the wood stove going one evening and my daughter had the dryer going and I started to sweat. I was shedding some clothes. The converter works real well.
FARMALLChick Posted - Jan 31 2012 : 12:46:55 PM
We have a big old tea kettle filled with water that I put on the register. It has a lid to keep the animals from drinking the water, but the spout allows for evaporation.


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ajbaker Posted - Jan 24 2012 : 4:22:54 PM
Great ideas! I'm going to go home tonight and put some water on the stove with lavender oil!

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garyw965 Posted - Jan 15 2012 : 09:12:35 AM
Thanks for the great ideas lady's. I do have a desk and entertainment center close by. i hope that works. Well all I can do is try, right. You all have been a great help!!!!
NeeNee Posted - Jan 14 2012 : 11:34:07 AM
i do the same with my crock pot an i just leave the lid off

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oregonatural Posted - Jan 12 2012 : 12:59:47 PM
Garyw965, You can try putting an open container of water on a shelf up as high as you can get it in your house, ideally, somewhere near the woodstove. Remember to top it off regularly. You can also just simmer a pan of water on your kitchen stove whenever you are cooking in the kitchen. I love the idea of putting cinnamon and cloves in the simmering water to make it smell good!

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garyw965 Posted - Jan 12 2012 : 11:52:54 AM
I'm curious my wood stove is not not flat i have no way to put a pot on it. How can I work around this I'm new to wood stoves. But I do like to keep water on the stove for moisture, thanks for the neat recipes fro the stove I will definitely try them.
amarquardt Posted - Jan 05 2012 : 8:16:28 PM
If you have forced air heat, you can put a small container of water in front of the vents to blow the moisture into the air. Electricity free!

ceejay48 Posted - Dec 30 2011 : 6:44:00 PM
We've always had a kettle with water on the stove to help humidify the air. Our climate is VERY dry . . .
We use lots of lotion too all the time!

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antoinette Posted - Nov 19 2011 : 09:34:36 AM
Miranda any chance you would share that recipe??
Oggie Posted - Nov 16 2011 : 5:17:39 PM
Julie, we have a large galvanized pan on our wood stove filled with water all the time so if you have a woodstove you can do it that way and it won't cost you a penny. Just remember to keep it full as it will evaporate fast. I also know of people who put a bowl of hot water on one of their floor registers for this purpose too. I'm not sure how well it works but I do know folks do it.

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ClaireSky Posted - Nov 15 2011 : 07:49:28 AM
Thanks, Alee! It makes sense.

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Alee Posted - Nov 15 2011 : 07:28:27 AM
Julie- Your microwave can boil the water but the super heated water will soon cool and you would be turning the microwave on and off quite a bit- plus since it is in a little box not as much humidity would be readily available to the air. Even leaving a bowl of water out will passivily evaporate and that won't have any extra energy used! :)

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ClaireSky Posted - Nov 15 2011 : 05:13:48 AM
Would this work using the microwave to boil the water? I am just thinking about the energy consumption....

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Annika Posted - Nov 14 2011 : 09:45:14 AM
=) I'm simmering lemon peel and ginger at the moment. I have very dry skin and allergies and it really seems to help both, plus your home smells lovely!

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Missus Miranda Posted - Nov 14 2011 : 09:41:11 AM
Alee I LOVE this idea and I am turning it into a Christmas gift! I found a recipe in one of my magazines for it, and will put the dry ingredients into small paper sacks, along with typed or written instructions on how to use it. My Momma started doing it as a way to naturally make the house smell like the holidays, but I never realized how great it was at keeping the house from being too dry!

I started saving the peels from the oranges and grapefruits me and the old man eat. I am drying them (how bad is it that they are drying on our dresser? haha!) and will snip them up with leather shears, add fresh spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and they will go with the care packages being sent to my future in-laws, as well as gifts to my immediate family. Yay for simple remedies & gift ideas!

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katalind Posted - May 23 2010 : 10:01:34 AM
I just run a humidifier and it makes a huge difference. All the rooms with a humidifier feel 10 degrees warmer than the rooms without one.
thyme2cook Posted - Feb 07 2008 : 8:25:08 PM
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I often keep a kettle on the stove filled with simmering water. I like to add my favorite essestial oil such as lavender for relaxing or euculyptus if I'm having sinus problems.

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