12 Ways to Combat Winter Dryness
Dry air and winter go hand-in-hand. Dryness can not only affect your skin and hair, but can wreak havoc on your house plants, wood flooring and furniture, and cause all that static electricity. Here are 12 ways to combat winter dryness.
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Air Dry Dishes
Put away the dish drying towel! And let your dishes air dry this winter, which will add some moisture to the kitchen. Also when you use your dishwasher, open it a crack as soon as it's done cleaning, and let the steam add some moisture to the air. This will help combat winter dryness.
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Use a Humidifier
A humidifier may take up some space and require regular cleaning, but the moisture it adds to your home will be a welcome relief. And humidifiers can help cut down on static electricity, especially if you have carpet and/or rugs in your home.
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Open the Bathroom Door
When showering, leave the door open. And this will allow steam to escape and add some extra moisture to areas of the home around the bathroom and combat winter dryness.
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Take Care of Your Skin
All that dry air will require you to take special care of your skin during the winter months. And to do this, moisturize regularly after bathing and washing your hands, and avoid bathing in very hot water.
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Seal Up Your Home
Keep as much of that dry air outside as possible by sealing up any air leaks—especially around windows and doors. And this will also help you save on your heating bill.
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Use a Drying Rack
Instead of throwing the laundry in the dryer, use a drying rack to hang wet clothes. And as the clothes dry, the moisture will be added to the air to combat winter dryness.
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Decorate with Bowls and Vases
You know those decorative bowls and vases you have displayed on the dining room shelf? Put them to use! And just pour some water in the bowls and leave a few around your home. As the water evaporates, it will add some moisture to the room.
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Leave Water in the Tub
After you take a bath, leave the water in the bathtub overnight. And when you let it cool completely before draining, moisture will evaporate into the air. And this will help to get rid of some winter dryness. Note: Do not leave water in the tub if you have small children.
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Add Some Plants
While you will need to keep them watered, try adding a couple house plants. And when moisture evaporates from the plant's leaves, it will add some humidity to your home.
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Wet Mittens and Hats
When kids (and adults!) come in from playing out in the snow, have them place their wet mittens and hats on a radiator to dry. And the moisture will evaporate and the outerwear will be toasty warm for the next snowball battle.
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Cook more often this winter on your stove top. And make a pot of soup, which will release some moisture into the air. Also, keep that teapot busy to get rid of some of that winter dryness!
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Put Heat Registers to Work
Fill a metal bowl with water and place it on top of your heat register. The water will slowly evaporate and add moisture to the air.
Originally Published: November 29, 2017