How to Make a Homemade Damp Rid

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic disposable container with a lid

  • Scissors or a sharp knife

An empty, clean margarine container makes an effective holder for desiccants.

Damp Rid is a product that removes dampness from your home. It comes in refillable, disposable and hanging products. This results in cleaner, healthier air. Damp conditions cause musty odors, condensation on the walls and ceiling and mold problems. The mold may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it. Damp Rid contains calcium chloride crystals which absorbs excess moisture in the air naturally. Make a homemade version of this product inexpensively by using the correct ingredients.

Silica Gel Method

Step 1

Poke seven or eight holes in the lid of a clean, disposable plastic container with the pointed end of a pair of scissors or a sharp knife.

Step 2

Pour 1 inch of the silica gel into the container. Silica gel is a desiccant. They absorb moisture from the surroundings. It is often used to dry and preserve flowers.

Step 3

Place the lid on the container and set it in a closet or any other area you want to dehumidify. Use three or four containers if you need to reduce moisture in a large area, such as a basement.

Calcium Chloride Method

Step 1

Punch seven or eight holes in the lid of a plastic disposable container.

Step 2

Fill the container with 1 inch of calcium chloride. It is available at automotive and hardware stores.

Step 3

Place the lid on the container and set it in areas where you want to reduce moisture in the air.

Tip

Silica gel is available at craft and hobby and home supply stores. Reuse it by placing it in an oven-safe dish and baking it at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Stir the gel a few times while it is baking. Neither calcium chloride or silica gel are safe to ingest. Read the instructions on the package to ensure the safety of your small children or pets. Save the small packets of silica gel that come in shoe boxes, purses and other items. Place them in small areas where you want to absorb moisture from the air.

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Chelsea Fitzgerald

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