Summer, with all its humid, hot glory, is just around the corner. If you have a section of your house, like the basement or the attic, that gets particularly damp during warmer weather, your home may be at risk for growing mold. One of the easiest solutions to help prevent dampness is a dehumidifier, but commercial dehumidifiers are pricey. Consider making your own dehumidifier with materials you likely already own.
Create a dehumidifier from charcoal briquettes
1. Find a suitable medium to large sized container with a lid, such as a coffee can, plastic container, painter’s bucket, etc.
2. Poke several holes in the lid of your container.
3. Fill your container with a handful of charcoal briquettes, and voilà, a homemade, cheap dehumidifier! For the most humid areas of your home, set out multiple dehumidifiers.
4. Replace the charcoal briquettes every few months with new briquettes. The old briquettes are perfectly fine to use in your outdoor grill.
A charcoal briquette dehumidifier is not a guaranteed way to completely prevent mold from growing, but having several of them around does make it more difficult for mold to grow.
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