How to Remove Humidity from a Room Without a Dehumidifier?
Recently, I started thinking about homes that are located in areas where humidity is too high and the problems that come with it.
Those who live in high-humidity areas know how uncomfortable such air can be.
In cases where the temperature and moisture in the air are high, there’s a problem of sweating all the time.
This leads to not being able to cool down. Which, furthermore, leads to dehydration and exhaustion.
On the other hand, in areas where the air is cold yet too humid, you won't be able to warm up.
To get rid of these and other problems that come with high humidity, you need to dehumidify your home.
You can either use Dehumidifiers, but they are rather expensive and bring additional expenses.
You need to modify your heating or ventilation systems. And, they can bring more harm than good because the air that comes from them can be too dry.
This leads to a whole new set of health problems and you don’t need that.
So, instead, I recommend using natural Dehumidifiers and things you can correct in your… Let’s say, “Home behavior”.
However, before we get to the actual part of me explaining how to remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier, let’s see how can you check the humidity levels of your home.
How Will You Know if the Humidity in Your Home is Too High?
Living in areas where the humidity is too high can, and in most cases is quite hard.
And, in most cases, people are not quite sure about the exact humidity percentage of their homes.
But, fortunately for everyone, the processes of determining the humidity levels are simple.
There are many signs that can tell you that your home needs dehumidifying.
Some signs are more than obvious.
For example, condensation on windows or walls from the inside.
Or, window sills or floor run-off tracks and water damage stains throughout your home.
If you notice any of these signs, you have a problem with high humidity.
What to Do When the Signs are Not Obvious?
Unfortunately, some signs are not that easy to spot unless you are specifically trying to find them.
For example, it can be quite hard to locate musty odors if they are coming from out of sight spots such as crawl spaces.
Also, attics or other dark areas in your home will be tricky to inspect.
Therefore, I recommend using a humidistat.
This is a super-useful little gadget that tells you the exact levels of the humidity of your home.
They are usually found as an inbuilt component of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you can also buy them separately. And they are really cheap (like under $10 cheap).
Or, if you want to get all geeky like I do, you can even make one on your own.
How to Remove Humidity from a Room Without a Dehumidifier
Okay, we know how dangerous having too much humidity in your home can be.
But, how can you get rid of without using a super-expensive machine that can dry out the air too much?
There are many ways that can help you with this problem.
The most obvious and easiest one is simply opening the windows and letting air circulate.
But, this only works if your home is the source of humidity.
For areas where the air itself already comes into your home over-humidified, just opening the windows won’t help.
Here are some of the best solutions that will help regardless of the scenario you have.
Change Your Everyday Habits
If you live in an area that already has high humidity, adding more with your everyday habits around the home, won’t help.
For example, when you shower, you can either shower with less hot water or shower faster so that the amount of steam is reduced.
Another example is to spread your freshly washed clothes outside instead of inside the house. This is, whether you realize it or not, a huge humidity increasing factor.
Furthermore, if high humidity levels are a problem in your home, installing a retractor fan above your stove will help significantly.
As you can see, some minor adjustments to your everyday routines around the home can drastically reduce the humidity levels.
Back when I lived in Germany, where the humidity can get quite high, the installment of a retractor fan in the kitchen saved my walls from the mold!
House Plants With Dehumidifying Properties
Perhaps one of the best and to be honest, the prettiest ways to dehumidify your home is by planting plants that have dehumidifying properties.
Such plants, instead of getting the water through their root systems, literally suck the air dry.
Of course, not completely dry, but enough to drastically reduce the humidity levels in your home.
Here are the species that are most famous for being excellent dehumidifiers.
|Plant Name||Specific Properties||Where to Place||Watering Demands|
|Balance out different levels of humidity||On a table or a shelf||Every 3 or 4 days|
|Absorbs the humidity from the air||In a terrarium||3 times a week|
|Absorbs the humidity and filters the air||Mildly toxic, out of reach of kids and pets||Once every 2 weeks|
|Absorbs the humidity and airborne mold particles||High on the wall on a high shelf||Needs evenly moist soil regularly|
|Absorbs the humidity and filters the air||On the floor||Needs evenly moist soil regularly|
Usually, this plant grows in areas that have high humidity levels.
Therefore, it is understandable why it would help you out with your humidity problems at home.
Furthermore, this plant is also famous for its ability to balance out different levels of humidity.
This means that having a few of these around the house will make sure that the air in your home is quite comfortable to be in.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE BOSTON FERN
This plant doesn’t do well when placed in direct sunlight.
Therefore, make sure you place it in the shade because even indirect sunlight is enough for it to grow and develop properly.
And, do what you need it to do, dehumidify the air in the room.
When it comes to watering it, during the high humidity periods, you don’t need to water it pretty much at all.
But, in most cases, during the winter, if the air becomes drier, it will just need light leaf spraying every third or fourth day.
Where to Place it
The best place to place the Boston Fern is on a table or a shelf.
This way, it will be easier for it to "grab" the moisture from the air and it will be more efficient than when placed on the floor.
Just like the Boston Fern, the Tillandsia is well known for its dehumidifying properties.
Instead of releasing moisture through its leaves like the majority of the plants, it actually absorbs it from the air.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF Tilaandasia
What you need to know about this plant that it grows in minimal light conditions without a problem.
But, what is really important is that it does need water to survive and develop properly.
Therefore, during the entire year, you will need to water it at least 3 times a week.
where to place it
The best possible way and the most popular one is to place this plan inside a terrarium.
This will not only help your plant grow better but will also increase your interior design value.
Besides having the dehumidifying properties, this plant has one more great feature that makes it perfect for having it in homes with humidity problems.
It is actually capable of filtering the air as well.
It takes out the contaminant particles out of the moisture and returns clean, fresh air.
This is why this plant is one of my favorite natural dehumidifiers.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF peace lily
Like the previous plants, the Peace Lily can also live with a minimum amount of sunlight.
But, unlike the other plants, this one doesn't need to be watered at all. In fact, if placed in a high humidity area, the plant will perish if watered additionally.
where to place it
Since this plant is mildly toxic if eaten, and if you have kids or pets, my suggestion is to place the plant somewhere where neither of them can reach it.
Hanging from a wall would be the best option.
Another of my favorite dehumidifying plant choices it the English Ivy.
The reason I love this plant is that besides being a great dehumidifier, it also helps with other, maybe bigger issues that come with a too humid air - Airborne mold particles.
The plant doesn't have a problem absorbing the particles, which leaves your room with a fresh, healthy to breathe air.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF english ivy
Again, this type of a plant grows best if not exposed to direct sunlight.
And, its soil needs to be evenly moist so that it grows and develops properly.
where to place it
Since this is a "hanging" plant, the best place is to place it high on the wall so that the leaves can spread down, and absorb the humidity.
Or, if you don't have the ability to place it on the wall, the highest shelf will also be great for it.
This plant is a great solution for indoor humidity problems.
Usually, the Reed Palm grows in the tropics, where both the humidity and temperatures are high.
This only means that its moisture absorbing leaves will be perfect for your humidity problems at home.
Also, like the Peace Lilly, this plant is a great air “filter” as it purifies the air in the room it is placed in.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF reed palm
This plant doesn't need much light and keeping it in the shade will be just fine.
Also, while in its growing stage, you will need to make sure the soil is moist evenly.
where to place it
The name already suggests that this is a palm. And, as such, it tends to grow high.
Therefore, the best solution would be to place it in a corner of the room, on the floor.
Other Ways of Removing Humidity from A room Without a Dehumidifier
If none of the methods above work in your case, or if even the plants are not enough, there are more ways of dealing with this problem. Here are a few that will definitely help you reduce the amount of humidity in your home.
One of the ways is to use silica gel. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s the small, plastic-looking pellets that you find in the box with new shoes (those little baggies filled with pellets).
The gel pellets will absorb the humidity in the room they are placed in.
But, you will need a nice amount of them. For example, for a room of some 800 square feet, you will need around 400 grams of silica gel.
And, it is not that easy to find in such quantities.
If finding the silica gel is a mission impossible for you, you can use charcoal briquettes.
Just like how a water filter with charcoal is used for removing water from sealed air systems, the same charcoal can be used for dehumidifying your room.
As for how to use charcoal briquettes, it quite simple actually.
All you have to do is place them in a bowl and that’s it.
The briquettes will remove the moisture from the air, but also help you get rid of nasty mold odor.
A different solution, yet as effective as charcoal briquettes, is using baking soda.
Baking soda is known as a great humidity and odor-removing solution, and it can be used in refrigerators to keep the foods from blending all the smells together.
But, it can also be used to remove humidity from your room.
Or, if you like long steaming hot showers, you can place a bowl with baking soda in the bathroom while you shower. This way, you won’t add more humidity to your home.
The last solution I have to offer is something that each home probably has, rock salt.
For a long time, rock salt has been the main dehydrator and preserver of meat and food.
It would absorb the water from the food and make it last longer.
This property can also be sued for removing the humidity from your room.
What you have to do is take two bowls, one with holes and the other one without.
Place the one with holes over the regular one and pour rock salt in the top bowl.
As the salt absorbs the moisture from the air, it will release drops of water into the bottom bowl.
Once the salt is melted from the moisture, all you have to do is to add fresh salt and empty the bottom bowl.
There you go, now you know how to remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier.
Even though the methods I talked about in this post will not be as effective as a machine dehumidifier, they are natural and more healthy.
For example, plants that dehumidify the air and clean it are a great solution.
And, if you combine them with changing your everyday habits, you can achieve a perfectly balanced humidity in your entire home.
Also, they will help you deal with your humidity problems without spending an entire fortune on them, as well as getting headaches when the electricity bill arrives.
Of course, every single method you learned here will have a trial and error period until you determine which one works best for the area you live in and the conditions in your home.
But, once you find the method that suits you the most, you will never have too high humidity levels in your home again. And, both you and your family health will not be at risk due to mold development in your home.
Give these methods a shot and see which one works best for you. You will start feeling better, and the air in your home will smell better as well.