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How to Add Some Humidity To the Air in Your Home

Recently, I wrote about us working on improving our immunity fighting skills by taking special care to do certain kinds of cleaning, etc. One of the items was adding more humidity to the air in our home, especially because ours is so dry and dusty.

These are the ways we’re doing that.

Hot Showers Become Steam Baths

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This is one my husband and I have been employing for quite some time. Specifically, we discovered this was great for me when I was having asthma attacks on the regular, due to seasonal allergies.

There are two ways to take advantage of this. The first is leave the bathroom door open and part of the shower curtain or door, if you can do so without spraying the room while you shower. This immediately releases steam into the air that then spreads out into the outer room and evaporates.

The second is more for extreme relief. Crank up the shower as hot as it will go and let it run, with the door open, for 10-15 minutes. It’s a bit wasteful, but if you’re desperate, it adds loads of moisture very quickly.

Water Bowls with Marbles

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Find some pretty bowls, pots, or wide-mouthed jars and set them out around the house. Specifically, placing them on windowsills and around heating vents and near fans will be the best spots to place these. If possible, add some rocks, marbles, or similar, and then fill with water.

The water will evaporate into the air and add some moisture without waste or energy use. Plus, our cat always has some extra places to drink from.

Teapot Steam

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This one doesn’t add tons of moisture to the air unless you drink loads of tea or pour-over brew coffee. But letting the kettle steam and whistle for a minute or two will add a little bit of moisture to the air. We both happen to drink a ton of tea, so it winds up being a little productive for us.

Lightly Damp Curtains

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This one is a last resort in my opinion because of the possibility of mold, but if you’re really desperate, you can very lightly mist water over the curtains around the time they’ll receive direct sunshine.

I would avoid doing this on cloudy days, as they may not dry out quickly enough to avoid molding. Which, of course, is worse than dry air.

Re-Purposing Candle Warmers

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This handy little trick is something I hadn’t even thought of until I spotted it on SimpleMost. But the second I saw it, I knew it was a great option for us. We have one or two of these candle warmers lying around, and though we use them sometimes to add some lovely scents to our home, we are definitely going to start doing this with them now, too.

A Sponge Humidifier

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A simple way to add some moisture to the air is by using a sponge and a zipper seal bag. You’ll want one of those large sponges like you’d use for washing your car, and a zipper seal bag large enough to hold the sponge.

Pierce the zipper bag with several holes, then fill the sponge with water but squeeze out the majority of it to avoid leaking. Then, put the sponge in the bag and hang it somewhere in the room, away from the wall. Moisture should increase in the room within a few short hours.

To repeat the humidification, microwave the sponge every other day to kill germs. Clean out the bag with soap and water. Then, refill and squeeze out the sponge, return to the bag and repeat for up to 2 weeks with the same materials before replacing.

We’re recycling a set of three bags to allow the bag to dry completely between each use.

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True Budget Travel Essential: The Lavender Eye Pillow

I love good travel gear. I love good inexpensive travel gear even better. Best of all, I love good inexpensive travel gear that makes life better overall.

And that’s why I’m mentioning the lavender eye pillow that I purchased for my husband for Christmas. I randomly found it tossed into the Christmas section at Target, where someone had obviously changed her mind about purchasing it and dumped it there. Thank you, stranger! I would never have found this item or thought to purchase it for Matt otherwise.

On Christmas morning, my husband, Matt, opened the wrapped gift and looked a little surprised, but nodded pleasantly, wrapped the eye pillow in a zipper-sealed bag and tossed it into the freezer.

That night, he had a headache, so he tried out the eye pillow. It brought significant relief, so we’ve both been using it ever since for headaches, sleeplessness, and sinus issues. It gives gentle relief for all of the above.

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What to Look for in an Eye Pillow

Eye pillows are similar to but not the same as sleep masks. Sleep masks use straps to adhere them to your head and can cause strain or pressure. If you’ve already got a headache or sinus issues, that stress isn’t very helpful. Which is why I’m recommending eye pillows to you instead.

Look for these qualities to find what’s going to work best for better sleep and pain relief.

1. Silky Fabric

I’ve had eye pillows and sleep masks in the past. They were always made of cotton or cotton blend fabrics. They were okay, but silky fabrics add a whole new level of comfort and soothing.

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The slick, cooling aspect of the silky fabric holds the cool of the frozen pillow better while resting on your 98.6-degree face. It also just helps soothe because of the sensation of the smooth texture.

2. Lavender or Eucalyptus/Mint Filling

There are options for eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, and other fillings. While any of these might work, there’s something about lavender that helps our bodies relax, while things like mint and eucalyptus awaken our senses.

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If you need to soothe for sleep, go lavender.

If you need to clear sinuses, go eucalyptus/mint.

The Best Eye Pillows I’ve Come Across

I’ve looked all over the web for the same exact eye pillow I purchased for Matt. I haven’t found it. But I have found some options that rival it in quality, though they’re a bit more expensive. The one I found at Target was only $5 though, so even something twice the price is a good purchase.

Best Lavender Eye Pillow

The Blissful Being lavender eye pillow is my top pick for the options I could find online. It’s got the silky-smooth fabric, high-quality lavender fill, and comes at a reasonable price. You can microwave it or freeze it – just remember to put into a zipper-seal bag to preserve the lavender scent and avoid it absorbing other scents.

It even comes in a few colors, which is nice for those who care about that.

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Best Eucalyptus/Mint Eye Pillow

The DreamTime Spa Comforts eye pillow is my pick for the best eucalyptus/mint eye pillow. It uses flax seeds for mild acupressure – which can come in handy a lot of times – and uses eucalyptus as well as peppermint and spearmint for maximum cooling and soothing.

This eye pillow also has that silky-smooth fabric and can be either microwaved or frozen for the best soothe possible. It also has some lavender oil infused in for added benefits.

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