During the winter, the air in your home can become dried out. According to the Mayo Clinic, this lack of humidity can lead to dry skin, chapped lips and bloody noses. You can use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, but this can be quite expensive. There are cheaper alternatives that will help make the winter air more comfortable.

Dry Clothing Indoors

During the winter, many homes generate larger amounts of laundry due to the increased layers needed to brave the cold temperatures. Instead of turning on the dryer, which generates more dry heat in the house, hang the clothing up to dry. Clotheslines can be installed in larger, empty areas of the home, such as the basement or an unused bedroom. A free-standing drying rack can also be used to dry smaller loads. The laundry will release moisture into the air as you save a few dollars on your winter energy bills.


Place a bowl of water in front of or on top of a radiator or next to a heating register. The warm air from the furnace will heat the water, which will release moisture into the air. A large pot of water can also be boiled on a stovetop to release steam. After a bath, leave the bathwater in the tub for several minutes or even hours. Leave the bathroom door open during a shower to release the steam generated from the hot water.


Houseplants, which naturally emit moisture as they grow, can help increase humidity. Water the plants with a spray bottle instead of a watering can to add even more moisture into the air. The water-filled spray bottle can also be sprayed in different areas of the home to increase the humidity in a home. Avoid spraying surfaces that may become damaged from overexposure to water, such as painted furniture.