For a lady who enjoys snowboarding, I sure do not like winter. Yes, winter is when powdays happen, but I dislike being cold. Also, I don’t have enough warm clothes so I spend most of my days moving slowly unless nearby heat sources…just like a lizard.
My favorite heat source lately has been this slim electric radiator. But despite my love of its constant heat, I know it’s drying out the already dry air in the house. I realized what needed to be done. I need humidifiers. As many as I can get my hands on. Dry air causes dry skin, but also frizzy hair, static-y dogs, even nosebleeds and congestion. Sadly, I have all of those things.
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I searched for modern humidifiers and didn’t find much. Well, one that I liked was out of the budget right now (because I just bought a cycledesk). I already have two of these cold-mist ultrasonic humidifiers, but I was looking for something that wouldn’t pull electricity. Then I saw the As Seen On TV ceramic ball humidifiers. Bingo.
inspired by a self-watering planter
All I needed was the concept, not the product. So I got to thinking about what I had on hand and was suddenly inspired by a self-watering planter that I got from IKEA. They don’t sell it anymore, and I can’t find other commercial versions. And sadly I don’t live near Tiny Badger Ceramics otherwise I would ask her if she could bisque fire a duplicate. So without her talents I turned to what I do have:
- terra cotta plant pots
- glass vases
I put the three together, et voilà – a simple humidifier that looks nice by the electric radiator. I might even add a few drops of an essential oil for passive diffusion. When I stopped trying to replicate the IKEA planter (which is filled with plain water in my Plant Hospice room), I saw that all you need is a object to wick away moisture and a water reservoir. This could be as low tech as clay bricks in a bucket. But if you have access to people and/or facilities you could make any shape clay wicks, and use any non-porous container for the water. Possibilities are endless.
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If you love my simple & neutral humidifier, here is what I did so you can follow along.
- Gather supplies:
- 5″x5″ cylindrical glass vase (I used this one)
- 4″ terra cotta planter (on-hand from a home improvement retailer, was $0.79)
- Clean pieces as needed, wiping with a damp tack cloth is plenty
- Wet the planter inside and out (optional; this is just so you can see it working)
- Place the planter in the vase
- Add water
That’s it. From here all you need to do is keep water in contact with the planter, so when you see the water line drop and the planter become more light than dark -add water. Why? Water that isn’t being wicked up into the pot will become stagnant, but will slowly evaporate. If you want the water to simply evaporate into the air, remove the pot to promote air flow on the water’s surface. Mine is placed near the radiator, but away from curious dogs. Other good locations include open shelves, countertops, and anywhere else you would display objects. That was the point with this humidifier -to be functional and display worthy.
Are you a terra cotta humidifier lover? Are your animals plagued with static? Have you been doing this for years? I would love to hear from all sides.
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