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Our Family’s Trick for Good Sleep

Our Family's Trick for Good Sleep

This is a pretty random tip, but I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops…

Do you use a humidifier? I’ve always found them burdensome. I know they help with dry winter skin and congestion, but they’re usually eyesores that weigh a ton, and their tanks get scummy. Recently, though, I found the humidifier of my dreams. It fits on my bedside table (it’s only the length of a cell phone) and is completely quiet. The mist it puts out is super fine, so nothing gets damp, and you simply attach a plastic drinking water bottle. Kind of genius.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but since we got this humidifier we’ve had the best stretch of sleep of our lives. My stuffy-nosed toddler has been logging 12 uninterrupted hours at night for the first time since he was a baby. (Last night: 8 p.m. to 8:15 a.m.!) My lips are no longer chapped, my skin feels supple, and I don’t wake up dying of thirst. Other people’s reviews are just as glowing. One guy, who gave it five stars and called it “remarkable,” lives in the driest place on earth: “I use it at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where the average humidity is in the single digits,” he says.

The Best Humidifier for Sleeping

Thoughts? Do you have any other sleeping tips?

P.S. The best foundation, and the prettiest napkins.

(Bottom photo by Stella Blackmon for Cup of Jo. This post isn’t sponsored, we just love this thing!)

  1. alexandra says...

    based on this blog post, i ordered one for my son’s room. the only problem is that the water bottle doesn’t last the night. do you find that yours runs out of water before it’s time to wake up? i made sure to put it on the lowest setting but still find the machine with a red light every morning. thoughts? thanks!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Alexandra! I refill the bottle before I go to bed. I’ve found that if it’s on from 8-7 (my son’s sleep length) it runs out, but when I refill it at around 11 p.m. it’s all set. I also think it’s fine for it to run out — the room humidity will stay up for quite a while. We have a clock in his room that has the temp and humidity on it and it’s always low on humidity in the evening before I put it on and still great in the morning even on nights when I don’t do a refill and it shuts off. Hope you are enjoying it! We set out dial 1/4 from the lowest.

    • JC says...

      I use a larger bottle, maybe a 20 ounce+ and it lasts through the night. The larger the bottle, the more of a tip-hazard it becomes for flinging blankets. I keep the setting around half, any more and sometimes puddles of water accumulate beneath the device.

  2. I’d gladly give you some humidity. In Malta we need dehumidifiers! :)

  3. Ummmm amazing thank you!!

  4. Ashley says...

    Lexi,

    Where did you find about using this humidifier in Antarctica?
    I find Antarctica so interesting! Big dork here!

  5. Korin says...

    Upon reading this, I immediately put one of these in my Amazon cart, but decided to wait a bit before purchasing. Apparently the rest of the world reads your blog too, though, because now they’re out of stock and won’t ship for 1-2 months! Curse my indecisiveness.

    • Ashley says...

      I had the same thing on Amazon. I just went to the manufactures website and ordered. It’s shop.boneco.us

    • Allison says...

      Ooh! I’m so happy I ordered mine the second I read this.

  6. What kind of dog is that? So cute!!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Angela! He’s a King Charles Spaniel. Here he is awake ;) http://cupjo.co/2lkDh4L

  7. We used to swear by dehumidifiers, and even though we still love them we have been using an essential oil diffuser religiously lately!

  8. Jeannie says...

    This is hilarious because my dude and I had to buy a DEHUMIDIFIER for our bedroom in order to get better sleep (Bay Area, California)! Hahaha, to each their own depending on where they live eh?

    Oh and the dehumidifier helps battle mildew/mold :) Next step: have engineers come out to install moisture barriers around our home, including a french drain!

  9. I must try this humidifier! I’ve been wanting to get one for our bedroom and just couldn’t decide on one. I love how compact it is and if it helps my daughter sleep in then even better! Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. Kate Goldbas says...

    I like Boneco (formerly known as air-o-swiss) and have this humidifier as my travel companion (I am an opera singer… we take our humidifiers seriously.) I like it BUT the blue light REALLY bugs me. In a dark room is glows particularly fluorescent in the middle of the night and makes it hard for me to sink into a deep sleep. I usually end up using an eye-mask, which helps. My at home humidifier is also Boneco and I love it!

    • Kurt says...

      I had the same issue. They actually have different nozzles that block the light. I called in and they sent me it for free.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great tip, kurt! thank you!

  11. I used to use Humidifier 3 to 4 years ago, as they were eyesore (perfect, I agree with you …  ). Now, again, you left me think again as a trick to good sleep. That is great,

    Kingessay
    https://www.kingessay.co.uk/

  12. kelly says...

    Turn off the tv, turn down the lights, A warm shower, or bath, then covering my body with Lavender lotion (from Everybody/EO brand). I’ve also started using a mister with organic essential oils: cedar is my favorite for relaxing. Simple rituals that make a HUGE difference for me.

    Also, meditating that feels more like relaxing with the “calm” app. I love that it turns off when finished and I can drift to.sleep without having to pick up my phone.

  13. abi says...

    My kid’s doctor said a humidifier’s moist air might be what was giving my son ear infections.

  14. Genevieve says...

    Goodness, coming from the UK this seems like a totally MAD idea haha. Most people have real problems with damp in their homes causing mould to grow especially in older houses. I guess we have a very humid environment to begin with :)

    • Jamie says...

      I have that problem too n Ohio. In the summer everything is humid and you really have to watch your dry foods and breads. In the winter though I might be able to use a humidifier.

    • Isabella says...

      It seems totally mad from the west coast, as well! We run a *de*humidifier every day in the winter, and STILL have to be constantly vigilant about mold!

    • stephanie says...

      I just returned home (coastal southern CA) from Albuquerque, NM, and as I stepped off the plane, I was shocked by how warm and moist it was! That desert air was no joke, apparently. Also explains why our bread never lasts.

    • Kathryn says...

      Yep! Haha, I was reading thinking ooh, better skin? Less chapped lips? And then realised that my issues must not be coming from the lack of moisture in the air considering we actually ended up buying a mini DEhumidifier to put on when we are out of our bedroom during the day!

  15. Lee says...

    Since my husband suffers from dry skin and nosebleeds, we use a cheap Vicks humidifier in our bedroom year-round! We have started putting essential oils in the water during the winter if we are feeling under the weather. We also travel with a humidifier (similar to the one in the photo). The travel humidifier makes a huge difference for dry hotel rooms or airbnbs when you can’t control the heat.

  16. Natalie says...

    We swear by Young Living essential oils! We diffuse lavender + cedarwood in kids rooms at night and roll a Tranquil roller (lavender + roman chamomile + cedarwood) on us + valor for husband snoring (game changer!) and it has changed our lives!!
    We live in Denver so it is sooo dry. Dying to try a humidifer as well!

  17. Jami-Lin says...

    Yes! Necessary! I actually like the noise so my cheap Vicks model is aces. And I’ve found keeping a mini one from amazon in my office (complete with multicolor lights and essential oils like lemongrass and geranium!) to be a great trick for inspiring some semblance of inner peace at work. :)

  18. nat says...

    we have used many humidifiers over the years, both for adults and in the kids’ bedrooms. swear by them! and the mini one in the photo is what we use when we travel.

  19. Alex says...

    We have humidifiers all over our house, 2 downstairs and 1 in each bedroom! The combination of cold outside and forced hot air inside is extremely drying and I would be part of a family of raisins if we weren’t so adamant about our humidifier use.

  20. Andrea says...

    I have a similar one that I keep on my desk at work. You can either use the bottle that comes with it, or the cap thingy screws onto any water bottle (so you can travel with just the small unit, not the bulky bottle). I forgot this when I went to Colorado a while back and regretted it – nosebleeds every night! I also have a full size humidifier for home, and an essential oil diffuser. Oh man, with my bite guard, ear plugs and wrist splint in addition, I’m becoming a high-maintenance sleeper!

    • Andrea says...

      Also, I recently got my mom into essential oils and she’s been surreptitiously using them on my dad, haha! When he’s in one of his “moods” she turns on the diffuser and said she notices a marked improvement.

  21. Cynthia says...

    I use a warm mist humidifier at night. So far, no problems with gunk in the tank, but I rinse it out with white vinegar. A humidifier makes a big difference at night in the fall and winter.

  22. Em says...

    I swear by this too! It’s the only way I can sleep in the winter. I know there are concerns about cleanliness- I buy a new one each year and wash it weekly with white vinegar.

  23. Kirsty says...

    I find this hilarious, as in England we need De-humidifiers to take moisture out of the air! I hate ours, it is huge and loud. If only they made tiny ones like this!

    • June2 says...

      Try an electric space heater! They dry out the air beautifully and are usually very cheap to run!

    • Genevieve says...

      haha, I was like whaaaat don’t they all have mould growing in their bathrooms over in the states like we do?! ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how fascinating! so different here :)

    • Same here in the Pacific Northwest as the in the UK: occasionally we have a dry east wind but mostly it’s just damp cold and more damp cold!

    • Great ideas!

  24. Greta says...

    Hi Lexi,
    We use an even simpler humidifier which is much las likely to develop mould – we put a small metal bowl full of water on top of the radiators and it does wonders. About half of the water evaporates during the night and it has the same effects on your sleep and your body as the ones you describe. Try it.
    P.S. What a cute kid on the picture!

    • cooper says...

      I lack radiators but achieve a similar effect with a small crock pot full of water, turned on low with the lid off. Much easier to keep clean than a humidifier! Although a hot shower with the bathroom door open in our small apartment also keeps the air pretty humid, haha.

  25. Sarah says...

    I live in the UK – lack of moisture in the air is not what we are missing right now, but following on from the aromatherapy tips thought I”d share mine. When my children do exams or have a stressful time and can’t sleep easily, I put some aromatherapy oil on a tissue and place on the radiator (is this a word Americans use?) it diffuses beautifully and brings a sense of calm and caring, and works a treat.

  26. Amy says...

    So I hate to be a killjoy……. but … my daughter sees a respiratory specialist for asthma. When we told her we use a humidifier in my daughter’s room she lost her mind. She was very adamant that humidifiers are terrible for your health. She said unless sterilized — at hospital grade levels– they spread mould and are a serious health hazard. She told us not to use ours because they basically can’t be cleaned properly…. that was the advice we received anyway ……

    • Cynthia says...

      I just had an AHA moment! This makes so much sense to me! My toddler has had some lingering congestion for the past month. I’ve been using the humidifier at night, thinking it would help, but it seems to be making her congestion WORSE. I clean it often, but since I can’t really get inside the vessel to scrub it (cane drop humidifier) who knows what bacteria is lingering in there.

    • Nataly says...

      Omg same issue here! We were told a cool mist humidifier would do wonders for our perpetually congested and coughing toddler (joys of daycare!) but we’ve been using it year round at night and there hasn’t been any real improvement. Just last week I read an article saying that no matter how well you clean it, it’s dispersing tiny particles of potentially harmful stuff instead… We notice his cough is often worse at night… Scary.

    • Amy, I’m glad you wrote that, and I can only support what your daughter’s asthma specialist said. I am a clinical microbiologist and hospital hygienist and biofilm formation is certainly a risk with humidifiers. Most people don’t read the manufacturer’s manual on how to clean theirs.
      I can only recommend for people using one at home to empty and clean the water tank (with vinegar or bleach) every day or at least a few times a week, and let it dry before using it again at night. Otherwise, you are just puffing mold and bacteria into the air. I also recommend distilled water instead of regular tap.

    • We used one growing up, and when I was older and got it out for my mom, I saw the inside and the gunk growing in it. I tossed it. I don’t think my mom ever looked inside, and anyway, what for–it just had water. Right? Yikes!
      In France, we have radiators rather than forced-air heat, which helps a lot. No staticky hair and sweaters. No dry skin. Also, it doesn’t get as cold–the colder the air, the less moisture it can hold.

    • We were given the same advice – to get rid of our humidifier. Our kids have had croup and other respiratory problems when they get a cold, so we used to use a humidifier. But the pediatrician told us that all the pediatric hospitals in Sweden (where we live) have stopped using humidifiers because they do more harm than good…

    • Carrie says...

      That is probably very true. I wonder if this one is more hygienic because you change the bottle, or harder to clean because it is a smaller machine.

    • Laura says...

      Thanks for sharing, Amy. And Cynthia – i’m inclined to agree with you. My son had lingering congestion for weeks and weeks despite sleeping with the humidifier every night. Finally, I decided to try no humidifier for a few nights and I feel like he got better faster. Could have just been a coincidence, who knows? I’m not using an essential oil diffuser in his room more often than the humidifier and crossing my fingers that that will get us through the winter with a minimum of cold drama!

    • Laura says...

      oops, typo – that should say I’m *now* using an essential oil diffuser!

    • Es says...

      That’s what I’ve been told by my doctor, too.
      I just put bowls with water directly on the radiator and clean them every couple of days to avoid mold / bacteria zoo. They look cute and work wonders. (You can actually buy nice ceramic humidifiers that you attach to the radiator – they’re probably safer, too, if you have children).

    • June2 says...

      Find one that you can add essential oils to and use with anti-bacterial oils like DoTerra’s On Guard or lavender, thyme, oregano, etc… They will prevent mold and purify the air. Also running a vinegar cycle 5 mins or so weekly is vital.

  27. Kim says...

    I need this! I live in the DC area and the air gets insanely dry this time of year!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me/ .. Bomber jackets & nyfw?!

  28. Kate says...

    OMG I hope you at least the same water bottle over and over again! That just seems like SO. MUCH. PLASTIC. I bought a humidifier since moving to CO- and I agree- super nice! It hasn’t helped with my sleep unfortunately.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Ha, yes, we are reusing the bottle for about a month at a time before we switch it up.

    • Tunie says...

      Have you tried a sleep mask? It took a couple nights to get used to it but now it’s a must have in order to sleep really well. I often use earplugs as well (only the ultra soft ones work for me) and sleep so well that way!

  29. I recently bought one on Amazon that you can add essential oils to, and my sleep has been so much better. A few drops of lavender and eucalyptus make our bedroom smell like a spa and help me feel drowsy at bedtime. No insomnia, and the humidity definitely helps with the dry air.

    • Adley says...

      What kind did you buy?

    • Samantha says...

      DO NOT use essential oils in a humidifier!! The heat from the humidifier breaks down the oils and will crack the plastic. For essential oils, you need a diffuser, which puts out a cool mist.

  30. Love this. I live in AZ and am not sure why, for the last 18 months, this never occurred to me. It might be the answer to my congestion and dry skin. Fingers crossed!

  31. Sarah says...

    My husband was away for a week on work and I slept with my newborn while he was away. Then I got sick when he got back and found it hard to sleep and nurse at night so he slept in the guest bedroom. We woke up so fresh and well rested. We decided to keep it going and we have never been happier (as people and a couple). I used to tease my best friend and her husband who have this sleeping arrangement and now I totally get it.

    • Lisa says...

      After my sister and I moved out, my parents converted our rooms into seperate bedrooms for themselves. Both of them snore and have different sleep patterns that had them wake up exhausted, and annoyed with each other! They have been sleeping apart (most of the time) for about 6 years now, and are very happy with that.

  32. Asha says...

    Brilliant! i have to try this! I wonder if this is why my littlest wake up 2-3 times a night. I’ve had the same hang ups about humidifiers as you. Glad there is a solution!

  33. Rebecca says...

    Lexi,

    I saw your comment above – do you know if a BKR would fit onto this humidifier in particular? I’m just wondering bec I also don’t like the idea of reusing the same water bottle (have heard it’s unsafe too) and don’t want to buy new ones every day either. I do own a BKR though! Thanks!

    Great recommendation overall!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      The smaller bkr works (8 oz.) and so do other glass bottles you could reuse, like Schweppes sodas. The only thing on both of those is that they are smaller than the Fiji plastic we have been using so would require more refilling. Definitely worth experimenting!

    • Marianne says...

      I love the idea of this humidifier too, as long as I could use a glass bottle. I don’t like the idea of having to use plastic water bottles. I may have to look into getting one for myself. Both of our boys have a basic humidifier in their room to help reduce bloody noses. We live in Colorado and it is dry, dry, dry!

    • Tunie says...

      Wonder if a wine bottle would work? Or a Perrier bottle?

  34. virginie says...

    Wow! makes me want to try one right away. I’ve been using a big ugly one, which is also a pain to clean…. and not so efficient unless you put one in each room ( = eyesore + annoying noise)
    this one looks good…. maybe a good help to go trough canadian winters !

  35. I doubt a humidifier is useful in muggy houston, but it sure is neat and I kinda want to get one anyway!

    • Kat says...

      Amen. Feel like we spend so much time getting the humidity OUT of the house…even this week!

  36. Lindsay Somers says...

    This is hilarious.

    We just got one this weekend, and I am so in love! Having the best heavy deep sleeps two nights in. I’ve been telling everyone — it’s the kind of news you want everyone to benefit from.

    I love the cool, moist air. I wake up feeling actually normal – I had no idea how dry the air has been. No more morning deep thirst, dry eyes, crunchy nose and super tight skin. And, I just love the white noise for sleeping – it perfectly drowns out my husband’s snoring.

    This Canadian winter just got a little better,

    Lindsay

  37. Sheila says...

    I have a similarly-sized one that I got at CVS a few years ago. Economical and works great! Mine has a nob that allows for different levels of mist, and sometimes I don’t go through a whole water bottle every night. I haven’t used mine for a few nights and I’ve definitely noticed a difference…I’ve been constantly thirsty and my lips have been so dry. I’m thinking of getting one for work too!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      We only use ours on about 1/4 from the lowest setting and it does great. It’s surprisingly powerful!

  38. Chika says...

    I use essential oil diffusers in my home (one in each bedroom), usually running them at night. Although they don’t put out nearly as much moisture as a humidifier, the fine mist that is expelled into the air has the added benefit of whatever oils you choose to use with them. I love to use calming oils like orange and lavender and tend to run anti-viral blends during the late autumn/winter seasons to help me and my family get through the long cold & flu season. I can’t write enough good things about them and truly believe they have helped us stay healthier– and as a mom of three young kiddos, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep us all healthy ;)

  39. Sarah says...

    I bought one of these humidifiers two years ago. My friend who is an actor did a stint as “the Beast” in the national stage tour of Beauty and the Beast. He used one as he warmed up his voice and transformed into the Beast in his dressing room and one night I was back stage with him and I thought – OMG! This would be amazing for my apartment because I hate cleaning out my gunky humidifier! (I lived in Chicago at the time.) We bought a fancy expensive humidifier for my son’s room when he was born (like a $300 one) and it still got gross! I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH about this one. I weirdly give them as gifts and then when people are like, “oh cool thanks.” And then as soon as they come down with colds or the flu they thank me profusely!! We live in Florida now but whenever my husband or I get sick we set up the other’s personal humidifier for them. Works wonders! (Also, we reuse the same plastic water bottle for a few weeks so – you are probably not supposed to, but we don’t worry about wasting plastic bottles that way.)

  40. Sarah Fiorello says...

    I think it’s been mentioned here already, but I’ve also been using a similar humidifier called the Bottle Humidifier Mini:

    https://store.leibal.com/collections/elevenplus/products/11-bottle-humidifier-mini

    It’s USB powered (you can connect it to either your laptop or even a power bank charger), made of plastic so it won’t break, and we use it to travel. It’s been amazing for us so far.

    • I saw this on the blog Reading My Tea Leaves! I love that it’s actually pretty. That will be my pick when we need a new humidifier.

  41. Choopy says...

    Lexi- we have this, but the light keeps me awake. Just wondering if you have a solution. Otherwise, it’s a great humidifier and works well in my son’s room, who doesn’t mind the light

    • You can put a little piece of electrical tape over it!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      I saw someone comment online that she painted the light area with black nail polish!

  42. Oooohh this would be tempting for travel! As a singer with a pianist-boyfriend, we require a “humidifier array” to keep things ticking smoothly. I’m a TRUE BELIEVER: if you don’t make a living with your voice or keep finicky instruments in your home, your life will be greatly improved by some humidity:)

    Am even contemplating the Humidflyer for audition season (worth a Google – they’re crazy!)

  43. S says...

    We have a dyson humidifier and it changed our lives! Would love to try these smaller ones.

  44. Beth says...

    Really… do you use one in each bedroom?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Yes, they definitely are not powerful enough to humidify a whole home.

  45. Jessica says...

    Took me a second to realize this was by Lexi. I was thinking, that picture’s not Toby, that’s not Anton, and aren’t they champion sleepers already??? Glad to hear this tip–maybe it will be my miracle–my New Mexico baby sleeps so much worse than the baby I had in Atlanta. Perhaps it’s dry vs humid climate!

    • LInda S. says...

      I thought the same thing, but I was excited for a minute that they got a dog!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha that’s so funny! anton has been begging for a dog so you never know:)

  46. Thanks for sharing! I am in the market for a humidifier because I lost a key piece of mine :/

  47. shanze says...

    Yes!! isn’t that amazing!

  48. Twyla says...

    I have one similar to this at my desk at work! It’s LOVELY.

  49. Perfect timing! We live in Colorado, so we should probably always use a humidifier, but we don’t. My 4 month old has been stuffy and had a cough and we can only find half of our old humidifier, so glad to see a rec for a replacement!

    My tip for good sleep is don’t have children. ;)

    • I second this sleep tip! My last great night’s sleep was over five years ago ;)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Haha. Hope your baby feels better soon. My son had a bad cold recently and this little humidifier really, really helped.

  50. Annie says...

    I had a Crane that got super stinky and had given up on humidifiers- this is genius! Just ordered and can’t wait to use it! Thanks for the recc!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Cool!

  51. I have never used a humidifier, but this sounds AMAZING. I have super dry skin (and ALWAYS wake up congested), and living in LA, where usually it’s drier than dry, doesn’t help. Seriously considering buying this!
    My biggest “tip” to getting a good night sleep is trying to go to bed at the same time every night, preferably earlier rather than later. To be honest, it can be a struggle to not watch “just one more” episode on Netflix, but it really makes me feel so much better when I get the sleep I need.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  52. THAT’s why I’ve been soooooo thirsty since November !

  53. Liz says...

    I’m a regular reader. I totally love this suggestion, and I also truly HATE cleaning out my humidifiers. But I’m bummed that this humidifier uses plastic water bottles. Thinking that if 100 readers bought this and used it 365 days a year, with a water bottle each night, that’s already 36,500 more water bottles being purchased and recycled or thrown away. I wonder if there’s any alternative reusable bottle option that could fit in here?

    Great summary of challenges of disposing plastic water bottles from Huff Post:

    “Water bottles are made of completely recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics, but PETs don’t biodegrade they photodegrade, which means they break down into smaller fragments over time. Those fragments absorb toxins that pollute our waterways, contaminate our soil, and sicken animals (which we then eat). Plastic trash also absorbs organic pollutants like BPA and PCBs. They may take centuries to decompose while sitting in landfills, amounting to endless billions of little environmentally poisonous time bombs.

    According to the Ocean Conservatory, plastic bottles and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans — every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it.

    Ten percent of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean, the majority of that settling on the ocean floor where it will never degrade.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/post_5218_b_3613577.html

    • Can you not re-use the plastic water bottle…just re-fill every day with filtered water? That’s what I’d do! :)
      http://www.wonderlandsam.com

    • Betsy says...

      Any reason you couldn’t re-use a bottle for this?

    • Sarah K says...

      That was my first reaction to this too. I hate cleaning dehumidifiers…but attaching a water bottle each night seems so wasteful. i suppose you can reuse the same bottle for a while, but it will still need to be replaced after a week at most, right?

    • Sarah K says...

      I meant to say, humidifiers, not dehumidifiers.

    • bisbee says...

      Of course you can reuse the bottle. Problem solved!

    • Liz says...

      You could but they usually aren’t recommended for replacement because they quickly degrade and leach into the water, which one is then breathing. Maybe not as much an issue when you aren’t drinking it?

    • Rebecca says...

      I agree, the plastic bottle deters me, too, even if it’s one that can be reused. I saw this humidifier, which also looks sleek but is made from a glass bottle:
      https://store.leibal.com/products/11-bottle-humidifier-mini
      Would be curious to know if other readers have tried it, as I’ve been considering replacing our big clunky one (that I HATE to clean and therefore gets scummy).
      I’ve been living in CA for the past 7 years, and my skin has never been drier. Hoping this will help, and if it helps me sleep better, too, that would be a real plus. But with a 3.5 year-old and a one-year-old at home, I’m not sure the humidifier is the only solution…

    • Liz says...

      Whoops! I meant to say “intended for reuse” not replacement ;)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Liz! We’ve reused the same bottle for about a month now, refilling it with regular tap water every day and rinsing it out before refilling. If you don’t like the idea of reusing plastic for weeks or months on end, you can always use a glass water bottle, like the cute ones from bkr: http://amzn.to/2kLH61X

    • Laura says...

      Lexi, maybe you could include the link to the glass option in the body of the post? My fear is that readers might not scroll through all the comments and might miss that there’s a more environmentally friendly version (I don’t know if this is true or not but in my head you & Jo are like the new Oprah, which comes with some level of responsibility for what you’re putting on your “favorite things” list 😀)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      P.S. That pretty one sold by Leibal at the link above is plastic (it says it is made to look like glass, but is plastic).

  54. Rebecca says...

    I live in a very moist climate and need the opposite – anyone have recommendations for a dehumidifier?

    • Andrea says...

      I only remember the ginormous, loud one from our basement/rec room growing up…and having to carry all that water upstairs to empty. Sorry I don’t have any current recommendations!

    • Tunie says...

      Electric heaters work great for that.

    • Jeannie says...

      So far, the Ivation 70pint dehumidifer I bought is working great! It takes out TWO gallons of water from my bedroom alone. Luckily, I can use it to flush the toilet :) (master bedroom). We got it off amazon, with two-year coverage because the darn appliance is $250++ and only a year warranty. It’s changed my life, but does sound like a motel air conditioner running lol not all the time though since the model we bought has a “smart” meter so it only runs when the humidity level only goes above what we’ve set (around 45 RH). Good luck!

  55. Sam says...

    My husband was a skeptic until we recently went without our humidifier on a short weekend trip. He’s on board now :) I notice the difference when I forget to turn on in my son’s room too. He coughs more and his nose gets all crusty.

  56. Sarah Kang says...

    Just ordered! Thanks, Lexi!

  57. Katharine says...

    I absolutely love that we live in a world where we can get feedback on our potential Amazon purchases from kind internet strangers in ANTARCTICA!

    • Megan S. says...

      Your comment made me smile :)

    • Laura says...

      This is my favorite comment of the day! Reminds me of Louis CKs skit… Sometimes we need a reminder of how lucky we are!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Haha!