Like many people in South East Queensland we live in a simple home without an AC or tumble drier... Where 'outdoors' and 'indoors' are pretty fluid concepts. And most of the time it works just fine. Most of the time. It's not news to any of my local readers that February has been an incredibly wet month, and while the days of bucketing down rain are starting to get a little tiresome, it's the house and our stuff that really cop it in this intense humidity. If you've been noticing a twinge of mustiness around your place as of late too, keep reading because I'm offering up 5 easy ways to beat humidity in the house to the sun gods today.
1. Get yourself a ceiling fan. The worst thing about humidity is how the air just hangs around, stagnant. So even when the house is closed up, a ceiling fan or two makes a big difference to keeping the air moving and making the atmosphere feel much fresher.
2. Fling open the closet doors (or lose them altogether). Moist air trapped inside inside a wardrobe promotes mildew growth, even on hanging clothes. So while it's impossible to prevent the air from being damp, you can at least keep it circulating. Clear out closets so they're not over-stuffed, and get a fan on near the open door in wet weather to ensure your best loved pieces survive unharmed.
3. DIY some desiccants. Clothes in drawers need extra tlc to keep them smelling fresh in super high humidity too... In the past I've found home-made dessicates really effective... all you need is a needle, thread, silicone kitty litter and some disposable dish clothes... you can get the full tutorial here.
4. Keep cosmetics in the fridge. Light, heat, and humidity all work to break down make up, skincare, and nail products by promoting bacteria growth, rendering their active ingredients less active, and turning their consistencies gloopy. Keeping beauty products in the fridge - especially nail polishes - will extend their shelf life and ultimately save you money.
5. Fight mould where it grows... on the walls. This last tip comes from Cyril the painter who recently stopped by the cottage to discuss my redecoration plans. He suggests filling an empty spray bottle with water plus 1 tbs bleach, spritzing the solution on walls that are starting to look discoloured and potentially mildewy, then wiping the area down with a clean rag. The marks may not disappear straight away, but come back in a few hours and they'll be gone.
Since the forecast isn't set to clear any time soon I'm curious... what are your top tips for making sure your house, your stuff, and your sanity wins out over mustiness, mildewiness, and yuckiness in super humid weather?