The air humidity in my kitchen is sometimes high and there is condensing water on the windows and water drops are falling on the floor. I know I have to install a steam hood over the kitchen stove to take away the steam. I will be able to do this after several months and meanwhile I want to find how to reduce the air humidity.

Similar problem appears when I am drying wet clothes in the living room during the cold winter days.

High humidity not only makes the windows foggy but it is contributing to mold formation. What can I do to reduce the humidity?

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Use a dehumidifier. These work very well in damp basements and should serve the same in a kitchen.

You could also consider using the dryer for your clothes or choosing a less humid room in which to dry them.

One final option would be to turn the heat up a bit. Warm air can hold more water, such that it should reduce the amount of dew on the windows; it may also warm up the windows and decrease amount of condensation.

  • A dehumidifier is not a life-hack - it's the standard solution to this problem. Your comment on the heating is valid and relates to the dew point of one's house. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 10:50
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    In countries where electricity is not cheap, an electrical dehumidifier is very expensive to run. You can get chemical ones with bags of crystals inside which do the job too. But these are only short-term. You have to ventilate.
    – RedSonja
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 14:51
  • @RedSonja, what chemicals exactly?
    – Pamela
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 10:11
  • It's calcium chloride.
    – RedSonja
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 15:11

Products such as damp-rid and dries-air pull moisture from the air via a chemical called calcium chloride. They are very effective but a little expensive. That chemical is also the main ingredient in some brands of ice melt crystals, which are a little cheaper but come in big bags. I use the ice melt. I fill a disposable plastic cup abut halfway with it and set it near the windows. Use as many of these as you need to do the job. As the crystals liquefy you will need to replace them. I've heard you can dry it out in a stove or something but have never tried it. You can cover them with a cheese cloth and a rubber band if you are worried about them spilling. Also after you open the bag be sure to seal it. I put it in a bucket with a tight lid.


Ensure you cover your pots with lids when cooking, whenever possible. This can dramatically reduce the amount of steam that escapes into the house.

Also, ventilation is crucial. Modern houses tend to be very well insulated and one of the consequences is higher humidity. Try to at least:

  • Open kitchen windows/doors to clear steam after cooking (some will escape, even if you use lids)
  • Open bathroom windows after baths or showers
  • Consider leaving a window ajar if you dry washing.

In general, consider opening more windows around the house. The downside is you'll need to have your heating on more often to combat the lowered temperature.

Final note: if you get mould, make sure you spray it with mould killer. Simple water/soap will just spread it about.


You can lay out some rice on a plate. This will reduce your humidity.

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    Hello Duncan Wielk! Welcome to Life Hacks Stack Exchange! Your post is lacking both explanation, grammar and length, and because of that it is likely to be downvoted or posted for deletion. If you read the Help Center that should help you better the post. Also consulting Meta should help. Have a nice day and I hope to see you around Life Hacks Stack Exchange :)
    – Pobrecita
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:07
  • @darthnesscoveredthesky The grammar seems correct to me. I sincerely hope this post is not deleted, simply because it's terse. However, I think the author should provide an explanation - presumable he believes the rice will absorb moisture from the air. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 13:29
  • yes i know my gramma and my english skills are not the yellow frome the egg :) but maybe it helps :) Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 13:48
  • @Duncan It is not my decision to delete or DV the post. Actually I haven't even voted yet, I was inaccurate about grammar, I meant capitalization and punctuation. My belief is that if the post has support evidence people will be more likely to agree with it. As it is it may be a viable method, but there is no evidence proving so. I would like evidence that this method works and then I will love to upvote, as it is the situation is curious. No offence, your answer does show ingenuity.I have used rice for drying out electronic devices,but never for humidity. You don't need evidence, it may help
    – Pobrecita
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 21:45
  • @darthnesscoveredthesky Sorry, ignore my grammar comment - I didn't notice you'd edited it. Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 8:04

I've put rice in a dryer sheet to absorb the moisture and put off a fresh smell, I'll be honest I don't know if it works yet, but in theory it sounds reasonable. Of course once you put the rice in the dryer sheet you have to tape up the end to where it kind of looks like a badminton birdie. 👌🏼👌🏼

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    Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. How much rice is it going to take to dry out a whole room for a day? Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 1:49

I live in an offroad truck for much of the year, and in the cold months have the same problems with clothes drying and cooking.

The surefire way is to heat more and keep windows more open. Warm humid air will escape, and cold drier air will come in. In a truck with a wood stove that's ok, but in a house it's expensive. So my other small hacks will probably help you more:

  • Use a pressure cooker for most cooking. It keeps the steam inside. And when choosing recipes that call for "natural depressurizing" (letting it sit until pressureless), no steam will come out at the end either. Otherwise, de-pressurize on the balcony or otherwise outdoors. Note, even things like rice and pasta work great in the pressure cooker once you found the exact amounts of water and timings for your setting.

  • Vent quickly. When there is a lot of humidity in the air, open the windows / door to the outside fully for 2-4 minutes, just enough to exchange all air inside the room once. This will remove all humidity in the air, and get fresh air in that will be dry after warming up, taking up more humidity. You don't lose much heat this way compared to keeping a window open, as most heat is stored in walls and objects, not the air that you exchange, and will heat up the cold air quickly. Repeat the venting every 30-60 minutes, when the fresh air has taken up enough humidity again.

  • Wipe condensation off. Use kitchen paper or toilet paper to wipe off condensed humidity from windows and other cold surfaces. Then throw the wet paper in a closed trash can so it can't get back into the air. Try to avoid condensation, but when it's there (like after cooking), this is the fastest and most energy saving method to get rid of it.

  • No curtains. I found that condensation happens a lot more behind curtains that are close (≤6 cm distance) to the window glass, so I just remove these.

  • Dry clothing in batches. You can manage the humidity if it's not too much at once. So dry only a few pieces of clothing at a time. If that has to be less than one washing machine load, store the other wet clothing in the fridge or even the freezer to not become smelly before it gets to dry. (Didn't try that yet, though.)

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