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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alee
Worland Wy
USA
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Posted - Feb 04 2008 :  08:30:42 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Did you know moist air holds warmth better than dry air? If your house is feeling a bit chilly but the furnace is always running, and if your skin starts to feel a bit dry, you might need to increase the humidity in your house.

A great smelling way to do this is to boil or simmer a large pot of water on the stove and simply add some cloves, cinnamon and vanilla extract to the water. It will smell like you are making some lucious dessert!

Another way to add more heat and humidity to your house is to buy a dry vent converter. With this device, you run your dryer hose into a contraption that looks like a coffee can with a domed lid. You fill the converter with water and then turn on the dryer. Any dryer lint gets caught by the water but the humidity and heat get released into the air. These converters usually cost about $5 and can be found at hardware stores.

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thyme2cook
Farmgirl in Training

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Terri
Derby Kansas
USA
10 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2008 :  8:25:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I often keep a kettle on the stove filled with simmering water. I like to add my favorite essestial oil such as lavender for relaxing or euculyptus if I'm having sinus problems.

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katalind
True Blue Farmgirl

177 Posts

Kathy
Chapin SC
USA
177 Posts

Posted - May 23 2010 :  10:01:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just run a humidifier and it makes a huge difference. All the rooms with a humidifier feel 10 degrees warmer than the rooms without one.
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Missus Miranda
True Blue Farmgirl

285 Posts

Miranda
Thrall TX
USA
285 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2011 :  09:41:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alee I LOVE this idea and I am turning it into a Christmas gift! I found a recipe in one of my magazines for it, and will put the dry ingredients into small paper sacks, along with typed or written instructions on how to use it. My Momma started doing it as a way to naturally make the house smell like the holidays, but I never realized how great it was at keeping the house from being too dry!

I started saving the peels from the oranges and grapefruits me and the old man eat. I am drying them (how bad is it that they are drying on our dresser? haha!) and will snip them up with leather shears, add fresh spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and they will go with the care packages being sent to my future in-laws, as well as gifts to my immediate family. Yay for simple remedies & gift ideas!

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Annika
True Blue Farmgirl

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Annika

USA
5602 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2011 :  09:45:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
=) I'm simmering lemon peel and ginger at the moment. I have very dry skin and allergies and it really seems to help both, plus your home smells lovely!

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ClaireSky
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Arcadia WI
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2011 :  05:13:48 AM  Show Profile  Send ClaireSky an AOL message  Send ClaireSky a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Would this work using the microwave to boil the water? I am just thinking about the energy consumption....

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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alee
Worland Wy
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2011 :  07:28:27 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Julie- Your microwave can boil the water but the super heated water will soon cool and you would be turning the microwave on and off quite a bit- plus since it is in a little box not as much humidity would be readily available to the air. Even leaving a bowl of water out will passivily evaporate and that won't have any extra energy used! :)

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ClaireSky
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Arcadia WI
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2011 :  07:49:28 AM  Show Profile  Send ClaireSky an AOL message  Send ClaireSky a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Alee! It makes sense.

Julie
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Oggie
True Blue Farmgirl

526 Posts

Ginny
Machias Maine
USA
526 Posts

Posted - Nov 16 2011 :  5:17:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Julie, we have a large galvanized pan on our wood stove filled with water all the time so if you have a woodstove you can do it that way and it won't cost you a penny. Just remember to keep it full as it will evaporate fast. I also know of people who put a bowl of hot water on one of their floor registers for this purpose too. I'm not sure how well it works but I do know folks do it.

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antoinette
True Blue Farmgirl

826 Posts

Toni
East Freedom PA
USA
826 Posts

Posted - Nov 19 2011 :  09:34:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Miranda any chance you would share that recipe??
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Dec 30 2011 :  6:44:00 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
We've always had a kettle with water on the stove to help humidify the air. Our climate is VERY dry . . .
We use lots of lotion too all the time!
CJ

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amarquardt
True Blue Farmgirl

61 Posts

Amy
Lindenhurst Illinois
USA
61 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2012 :  8:16:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you have forced air heat, you can put a small container of water in front of the vents to blow the moisture into the air. Electricity free!

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garyw965
True Blue Farmgirl

51 Posts

Gary
Hemet CA
USA
51 Posts

Posted - Jan 12 2012 :  11:52:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm curious my wood stove is not not flat i have no way to put a pot on it. How can I work around this I'm new to wood stoves. But I do like to keep water on the stove for moisture, thanks for the neat recipes fro the stove I will definitely try them.
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oregonatural
True Blue Farmgirl

152 Posts

Susan
Sprague River OR
USA
152 Posts

Posted - Jan 12 2012 :  12:59:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Garyw965, You can try putting an open container of water on a shelf up as high as you can get it in your house, ideally, somewhere near the woodstove. Remember to top it off regularly. You can also just simmer a pan of water on your kitchen stove whenever you are cooking in the kitchen. I love the idea of putting cinnamon and cloves in the simmering water to make it smell good!

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NeeNee
True Blue Farmgirl

111 Posts

WhiTTneY
Jacksonville North Carolina
USA
111 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2012 :  11:34:07 AM  Show Profile  Send NeeNee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
i do the same with my crock pot an i just leave the lid off

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garyw965
True Blue Farmgirl

51 Posts

Gary
Hemet CA
USA
51 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2012 :  09:12:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the great ideas lady's. I do have a desk and entertainment center close by. i hope that works. Well all I can do is try, right. You all have been a great help!!!!
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ajbaker
Farmgirl in Training

11 Posts

Alicia
Pullman WA
11 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2012 :  4:22:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas! I'm going to go home tonight and put some water on the stove with lavender oil!

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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

978 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
978 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2012 :  12:46:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have a big old tea kettle filled with water that I put on the register. It has a lid to keep the animals from drinking the water, but the spout allows for evaporation.



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garyw965
True Blue Farmgirl

51 Posts

Gary
Hemet CA
USA
51 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2012 :  09:24:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the dryer converter in my house. I had the wood stove going one evening and my daughter had the dryer going and I started to sweat. I was shedding some clothes. The converter works real well.
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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

978 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
978 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2012 :  06:59:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those dryer converters are great. We had one in the old house and are going to put one in the new house.

Lora

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garyw965
True Blue Farmgirl

51 Posts

Gary
Hemet CA
USA
51 Posts

Posted - Mar 06 2012 :  2:17:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Personally I think the are better than putting a hole in the wall. In summer it doesn't matter I hang clothes outside.
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2019 :  7:09:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmmmm. Some good ideas here. This house needs some kind of moisture in the winter. I touch something and get a shock from it. Also my skin gets so dry in the winter. We have a gas stove so I guess I will use my crockpot to put some water in and add some yummy smelling things to it.

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1759 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1759 Posts

Posted - Oct 06 2019 :  09:18:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad you picked up on this one Lori! I want to try that lemon peel and ginger! It RARELY becomes dry around here so no dry skin problems, but I love the thought of the lemon peels and ginger for my allergies! :)

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Dianna
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Oct 06 2019 :  6:20:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dianna, lemon peel and ginger sound divine. That is what I am going to try.

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