A dehumidifier eliminates moisture from the air reducing the potential for mildew and mold build-up. Dehumidifiers help you improve the air quality in your home and can reduce condensation build-up. But purchasing a dehumidifier can be expensive, and if you’re looking for an economical choice, a homemade dehumidifier is the solution for you.
Using an electric drill to drill a hole in the bottom of a plastic bucket (a medium-sized bucket is recommended). The hole needs to be at least quarter inch in diameter (alternatively, it is possible to bore the hole by using a screwdriver or other sharp pointed object). Make sure that you wear gloves and safety goggles when working with sharp tools.
Put a piece of net or chicken wire in the base of the bucket to cover the hole. Size to fit by placing the net underneath the bottom of the bucket and tracing the margin on the net using a marker pen. Use tin snips to cut the net.
Fill the bucket with rock salt (the type used to melt ice) and place it on a stand. The stand needs to be immune to drying or corrosion in the salt and be porous to permit moisture to drip through. The perfect stand will not be dissimilar to a stack of plastic milk crates. The stand’s height depends on the amount of space available.
Set another bucket underneath the stand to catch moisture content. This bucket is simply a net and doesn’t have a hole inside it to prevent caught moisture from seeping into the ground.
Give your homemade dehumidifier a couple of days to get functioning correctly. The salt that is industrial strength should pull water into it and release it, letting the water drip out of the top’s bottom of the bucket into the base of the bucket.
Direct moisture to the bucket system with the aid of a box fan to improve effectiveness. This is unnecessary in smaller spaces but will help gather moisture in bigger rooms.
Check the dehumidifier’s potency by testing the relative humidity in the area by using a hygrometer. Hygrometers can be found at large home and garden shops. Your homemade dehumidifier can work more effectively if you increase the size of it.
Our guide will help you make a homemade dehumidifier that is an economical choice (it costs less than $50 for a dehumidifier). But we recommend you using an electric portable dehumidifier to achieve the highest efficiency.