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13 Homemade Humidifiers To Improve Indoor Air Quality In Winter

A homemade humidifier can ease health problems that are caused by dry air. By releasing water vapor or steam into the air the moisture level in the air is increased. The increased moisture will help prevent dry, chapped lips, nose bleeds, sinus problems, dry skin, and dry, brittle hair.

A DIY humidifier for a room also improves the health of houseplants and helps reduce the cost of heating the home. Moist air is warmer than dry air and will retain the indoor heat better.

Improve the air quality in your home from our round up of 13 home humidifiers that are easy and inexpensive to build.

1- Small Office Humidifier

Office workers spend much of their workday inside of a small office where the air gets very dry and stale during the winter. Unlike homemade humidifiers such as the one we are sharing in this round up, commercially built humidifiers are often large and bulky, taking up too much room in an office and producing too much moisture for a small space.

This small office humidifier is an ideal solution and will improve indoor air quality this winter while you work.

Recycled a baby wipe container and a water bottle into a desktop diy humidifier with these free plans by Instructables. Get step by step written instructions along with detailed pictorial instructions that will show you how to build this functional little homemade humidifier.

Homemade Humidifiers
Small Office Humidifier, Image via: Instructables

2- Under $10 Humudifier

Watch this YouTube video that will show you how to add humidity to a room for under $10. Create this cool mist ultra-sonic homemade humidifier by instructables with a plastic bottle, and mist module, and the free video instructions.

Small enough to fit on a desk, powerful enough to add humidity to any room of your home. Low humidity indoors during the winter time can lead to several chronic health problems, like hacking coughs and dry, itchy eyes. Keep the room humidity level up and improve your health with an inexpensive DIY humidifier like this one we have shared with you.

DIY humidifier
Under $10 Humudifier, Image via: instructables

3- Smart Humidifier

You can build a homemade humidifier such as this one by instructables that connects to the internet and is controlled by cloud technology.

Take your DIY project up to the next level by creating a Smart homemade humidifier for your home with this easy to build free instructions and plans. Turn the diy humidifier on and off from where you are or set it up to automatically turn on and off while you’re away from home.

Keep plants thriving and improve indoor air quality with this Smart device you can build yourself.

homemade humidifier
Smart Humidifier Image via: instructables

4- Floor Register Humidifier

This is a perfect location for a room humidifier – at the source of the airway into the room. As the heated dry air comes up through the floor register it passes through the DIY humidifier in this youtube video. The air comes out of the humidifier and enters the room warm and moist.

Ideal for a bedroom so you can sleep warmer and have reduced nasal congestion when you awaken in the morning. The increased humidity in the room will also help prevent dry mouth, dry eyes, and dry skin in the morning. Watch this YouTube video to learn how to create this homemade humidifier.

5- Disc and Fan Humidifier

An old compact disc and recycled computer fan are the beginnings of a new DIY air humidifier like this one youtube. Easy and inexpensive to build, this device will help improve indoor air quality this winter and helps to keep you healthier. The moisture this device will put into the air will keep the air you breathe cleaner, helping to reduce sinus problems and breathing issues.

A humidifier like this one is also useful in a greenhouse or in an incubator to help hatch eggs. The design is simple and effective, plus this YouTube video idea will show you how to install a gauge that alerts you to the amount of humidity in the room.

6- Homemade Tornado Humidifier

We like this homemade humidifier more than the other in our list as it looks awesome as well as functional.When you see this one, you will want to build it just because it’s cool. This homemade humidifier works as good as it looks and keeps the air moisturized during the winter.

Easy to build and safe for indoor use, this DIY humidifier by Gizmodo creates a visible tornado-like vortex that keeps spinning as long as you keep water in the reservoir. Stay healthier this winter and create an attractive, functional item for your home with these detailed instructions.

Homemade Tornado Humidifier
Homemade Tornado Humidifier Image via: Gizmodo

7- Bucket Humidifier

How to add humidity to a room with a bucket and PVC pipe? These free instructions will show you how. This is a great DIY humidifier by dudegrows for an indoor plant growing room.

All the components are cheap and easy to assemble on this bucket diy humidifier, and it can be built in about an hour. It will keep the humidity in a grow room at just the right level for optimum plant growth.

Bucket Humidifier
Bucket Humidifier Image via: dudegrows

8- Container Humidifier

Recycle a few old containers that you have around the house into a functional, inexpensive homemade humidifier like this one by Flickr that will improve the air quality in your home. Breathe better, have healthier hair and skin, and keep houseplants thriving during the winter by using a diy humidifier. A few plastic containers, a sponge, and a small fan are the main components of this simple DIY project.

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Container Humidifier Image via: Flickr

9- Guitar Case Humidifier

Humidity is essential for keeping your guitar in good condition. Damage caused by dry air during the winter months can be costly to repair and could create a situation in which your guitar becomes unrepairable.

Protect your investment by building this small and effective guitar case homemade humidifier by Harmonycentral. An ordinary kitchen sponge and travel case for soap are the main components needed for this DIY project. Follow these detailed instructions and protect your musical instrument from dry air damage this winter.

Guitar Case Humidifier
Guitar Case Humidifier Image via: Harmonycentral

10- Ultra-Sonic Mister

How to humidify a room just became very easy to do when you build the DIY humidifier shown in this youtube video.

This ultra-sonic mister runs quietly and will fill a room with beneficial moisture. Great design for use in an indoor grow room and makes growing mushrooms easy and profitable.

Easy to build, easy to use, and costs very little to operate. Increase the profits of your indoor garden this winter with a DIY humidifier like this one.

11- Glass Jar Humidifier

Small humidifiers like this one are ideal for use in small indoor spaces. A glass canning jar, or recycled pickle jar, can be transformed quickly and easily into an effective and cheap humidifier like this one on youtube.

This is great for use in a small room or near a chair or table where you spend a lot of time during the winter. Many people are working from home now and spend long hours sitting or standing at the computer desk, and this small jar humidifier will help keep the indoor air healthier for them. Watch this YouTube video to discover if this glass jar humidifier is right for your indoor space.

12- Pet Water Bowl Humidifier

How to humidify a room with a pet water bowl? It’s easy with these free plans. The water bowl holds plenty of water that is automatically dispensed as the pet drinks, that’s perfect for use in a DIY humidifier like this one by Instructables.

A sponge and a bowl will also be needed for the DIY project but both of them are cheap and easy to come by.

Pet Water Bowl Humidifier
Pet Water Bowl Humidifier Image via: Instructables

13- Baby Wipe Container Humidifier

When you’re growing mushrooms or other plants indoors during the winter months you will need a way to keep humidity in the air of the grow room. A simple DIY humidifier like this one Instructables by created from a baby wipe container and water bottle will do the job and keep the cost very low.

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to build this cheap humidifier that will increase the air moisture and improve air quality in any room of your home.

Baby Wipe Container Humidifier
Baby Wipe Container Humidifier Image via: Instructables


By building a homemade humidifier we can maintain moisture levels in the air that often gets low in the winter months. These homemade humidifiers we have discussed above help you to get rid of problems we face due to dry air such as dry, chapped lips, nose bleeds, sinus problems, dry skin, and dry, brittle hair.


Sleepfoundation, pub: June 22, 2023, by Jay Summer and Dr. Abhinav Singh, “What Are the Benefits of a Humidifier While Sleeping?”, https://www.sleepfoundation.org/bedroom-environment/benefits-of-a-humidifier-while-sleeping

Healthline, “Types of Humidifiers and How to Safely Use Them”, https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-use-a-humidifier

Medical News Today, “Benefits of using a humidifier”, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322228

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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