Extra moisture in your home can be very harmful. It makes your living conditions unpleasant, damages your items, and impair your health. If you are experiencing high-level humidity in your house, it is time to get a dehumidifier to tackle excess moisture and dry air.
We have collected the 14 best DIY dehumidifier ideas. You can easily get rid of the excess moisture if you would like to try them out.
DIY Electric Dehumidifier
Is your apartment damp? Even got the mold growth? It’s time to get yourself a dehumidifier! It can be expensive to buy one from the store. Why not make a DIY dehumidifier on your own? Let’s begin with the electric one. Build an electric dehumidifier is much easier than it sounds.
Things you need to DIY electric dehumidifier
- Computer fan
- Heat sink and the heat sink compound
- Peltier chip
- 12V battery
Key tips to DIY electric dehumidifier
- Attach the fan to the larger heat sink using screws.
- Cut off the yellow wire from the computer fan using a plier.
- Place the Peltier chip between the large and small heat sink.
- Cut legs from the foam to lift.
- Check and test the dehumidifier.
You can have this DIY electric dehumidifier for under $30. Please watch the video to get the full guide on how to make an eclectic dehumidifier using thermoelectric cooling.
DIY Dehumidifier With Rocket Salt
Among all the options for a DIY dehumidifier, rock salt is probably the best one to use as a dehumidifier. The reason is that rock salt can absorb moisture out of air naturally and efficiently. It is also simple to make a rock salt Dehumidifier.
Things you need to DIY rock salt dehumidifier
- A great amount of rock salt
- Two big buckets
Key tips to DIY rock salt dehumidifier
- Drill holes in one bucket then put it inside the other one.
- Pour rock salt into the bucket.
- You can put the bucket in any place of your home to absorbs moisture. Be careful to empty the bucket once it is full of water.
DIY Dehumidifier With Coffee Whitener
Coffee whitener, or non-dairy coffee creamer, is another popular DIY dehumidifier you can make on your own effortlessly. The coffee whitener can be used to make coffee so it is completely healthy, natural, and non-toxic. It works best to dehumidify small spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms as well as closets.
Things you need to DIY coffee whitener dehumidifier
- A great amount of coffee whitener
- A bowl(medium-sized is the best)
Key tips to DIY rock salt dehumidifier
- Fill the bowl all the way up to the top with coffee whitener
- Place the bowl in any place of your space
DIY Dehumidifier With Baking Soda
You may know that soda can be used for food, but it also features a natural drying property that can be used as a dehumidifier. Baking soda is inexpensive, natural, and can be easily found in the kitchen cabinet. All that makes DIY baking soda dehumidifier a great option worth trying.
Things you need to DIY baking soda dehumidifier
- Baking soda
- A bowl (a small-sized is the best)
Key tips to DIY baking soda dehumidifier
- Fill the bowl with baking soda
- Place the bowl in any place of your space
Baking soda dehumidifier is super easy to make and it can help to dehumidify your room. However, it has some limitations because it works best only in small spaces. Besides, it will harden after absorbing the moisture, you can use fresh baking soda to replace it.
DIY Dehumidifier With Charcoal
Charcoal can be used to make dampness removing products. That is why you can make a DIY dehumidifier using charcoal. You can also use briquets or lump charcoal. Charcoal can not absorb moisture from the air but also remove odors, which makes charcoal dehumidifier a great option for closet and bathroom.
Things you need to DIY charcoal dehumidifier
- A can with a lid
Key tips to DIY charcoal dehumidifier
- Get a clean can with a lid
- Punch some holes in the side of the can and on the lid using a screwdriver
- Fill the can with charcoal and put the lid on
- Place the can in place you want to remove moisture
DIY Dehumidifier With Silica-based kitty litter
Are you a cat person? If you have a cat then you can easily make a dehumidifier using silica-based kitty litter. This is probably one of the most creative ideas to make use of kitty litter. So why not try it out? It is also super simple to make one.
Things you need to DIY kitty litter dehumidifier
- A pie pan
- Kitty litter
Key tips to DIY kitty litter dehumidifier
- Get a clean pie pan
- Place some kitty litter on the pan
- Place the pan under a sink
DIY Dehumidifier With Silica Gel
Silica gel has been largely used as a dehumidifier. You can find all these small packages in goods you bought that need to reduce moisture. Silica gel absorbs moisture effectively, making it great for a DIY dehumidifier.
DIY silica gel dehumidifier with below stuff
- A jar with lid
- A screwdriver
- Silica gel
Key tips to DIY silica gel dehumidifier
- Get a clean jar (Make sure it has a lid)
- Make some holes in the lid using a screwdriver
- Put silica gel in the jar and screw back the lid
- Place the jar in the area you want to control moisture
- Replace the silica gel in time
DIY Dehumidifier With Calcium Chloride
We have already introduced that how to DIY a rocket salt dehumidifier. You can also use calcium chloride to dehumidify moisture because calcium chloride is another type of salt so it works the same to absorb moisture. Calcium chloride can even combat humidity in a large room.
DIY calcium chloride dehumidifier with below stuff
- A sock
- A large bowl,
- Calcium chloride
Key tips to DIY calcium chloride dehumidifier
- Fill the sock all the way up with calcium chloride
- Tie the sock closed using a string
- Hang the sock you want to decrease moisture
- Place a bowl under the sock
There are two things you need to pay attention to. Do not forget to place to bowl. The calcium chloride flows off water soon so you need to catch the water. The second is to refill the calcium chloride because it will reduce once it begins to absorb moisture.
DIY Moisture Absorber Crystals Dehumidifier
The key to DIY a dehumidifier is using materials that can absorb moisture. That means you can use almost anything that has that feature to make a dehumidifier. Besides the above nice ideas, you can also use moisture crystals or condensation crystals to pull excess moisture out of the air.
DIY crystal dehumidifier with below stuff
- A drill
- Two containers (you can use buckets)
- Moisture absorber crystals
Key tips to DIY crystal dehumidifier
- Pick one of the buckets and punch a bunch of holes on the bottom
- Place this bucket on the top of another bucket
- Fill the holed bucket with moisture-absorbing crystals
- Place the bucket in the area of your house
- We recommended you use buckets of a similar size. It would be even better if the bucket with lips so you can easily pour out the water it collects.
DIY Dehumidifier With Dri-Z-Air
Dri-Z-Air is a product made of non-toxic calcium chloride crystals, which can absorb moisture effectively. Use Dri-Z-Air as a dehumidifier is simple. Since Dri-Z-Air comes as crystals in large bags and containers, all you need is to buy some of them on Amazon.
DIY Dri-Z-Air dehumidifier with below stuff:
A bucket or a bowl
Key tips to DIY Dri-Z-Air dehumidifier:
Line a plastic colander with vinyl screening
Put Dri-Z-Air crystals inside the colander
Place a bowl where the colander fits on top
DIY Dehumidifier With Desiccant
Desiccant, as it sounds, is one of the best moisture absorbers. Even some of the expensive dehumidifiers on the market use desiccant inside to remove excess moisture. To make a dehumidifier using desiccant is much affordable and it is also super simple to build.
All you need is to fill a bucket all the way up with desiccant. Then place the bucket in any area in your house you want to reduce moisture in.
You need to replace the desiccant and empty the buckets if the water is almost full.
DIY Dehumidifier With DampRid
DampRid works best to remove moisture from small areas. You can use it as you wish because it comes in various forms, such as hanging packets, spreadable powder, and a bucket. You can use the hanging moisture absorbers for closets and pantries, while the buckets are great for larger areas.
DampRid consists of calcium chloride so it can be a great option for the dehumidifier. It can remove moisture effectively. All you need is to put it in an area that has excess moisture. That’s all.
DampRid is super cheap. You can get a bunch of it in under $10. But it does require a refill.
Homemade Dehumidifier Using Home appliances
There is no need to cost a big amount of money to buy an expensive dehumidifier, especially when you got home appliances such as a space heater, fan, and air conditioning. You can just make the most of these appliances and turn into them a dehumidifier.
For example, you can combat humidity by running a fan throughout the day. A fan can improve air circulation and help the moisture escape out of the room. Remember to open the window when running a fan.
You can also make use of the special function of air conditioning and a space heater to dehumidify your room.
Above are the 14 best options you can try to DIY dehumidifier on your own. All of them are super easy to make. The supplies required are also common ingredients in hand or you can get them directly at a grocery store.
Why not try some of the ideas out and combat humidity at a low cost now?