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A Breath of Fresh Air – Controlling Closet Humidity with 3D Printed Desiccant Containers

When we think about the places that mold tends to grow: we think of damp, dark basements or a bathroom we’ve left uncleaned for a bit longer than we should have. Rarely, do we consider the other dark, humid spaces of our home – places that we frequent every day as we retrieve our clothes to get ready for the day. If you’ve ever opened your closet only to be hit by a wave of musty odors: there’s no need to be embarrassed. It’s a common issue that can wreak havoc on your clothes, but fear not! We’ve got some exciting solutions to help you battle closet humidity and keep your wardrobe smelling fresh and dry!

Closets are often prone to high humidity levels because of their limited ventilation, proximity to moisture sources like bathrooms, and lack of sunlight. All that moisture lingering in the air eventually settles as condensation on surfaces, including your favorite clothes.

Reclaim Your Closet:

If you’re ready to fight back against closet humidity, we’ve got your back! There are a few tips and tricks to help keep that excess moisture in check:

1. Let your closet breathe: leave the doors open slightly or consider adding small fans to improve ventilation.

2. Temperature sweet spot: extreme temperatures can contribute to humidity issues, so it’s best to find a happy medium. Keep things cool, but not cold.

3. Moisture absorbers: simple things like silica gel packets, dehumidifier boxes, and hanging moisture absorbers are your allies in this fight.

These solutions are all incredibly helpful, but if you’re a fan of Altered Rooms – you know that we’re all about the future of 3D printing solutions when it comes to your home. So, let’s talk about activated charcoal. This powerhouse not only absorbs moisture, but also tackles those unpleasant odors like a champ.

In this scenario – we want to maximize the benefits of activated charcoal, so we’ve got a nifty trick up our sleeves: 3D printed desiccant jars. Once your jar is printed and ready, fill it with loose activated charcoal. The charcoal will work wonders in absorbing moisture and neutralizing odors. Once done, strategically position your desiccant jar in the closet, ensuring it’s easily accessible for refilling or replacement. We’ll generally recommend replacing the charcoal itself every 3-6 months based on the humidity where you live. You can and should replace it sooner if the charcoal becomes visibly discolored.

Humidity and unwanted odors in the closet can be a persistent problem, but with the right strategies and a bit of 3D printing: you can keep your wardrobe fresh. Embrace a fresh and well-preserved wardrobe that will make you feel fantastic every time you open those closet doors. Say farewell to damp clothes and musty scents, and say hello to a well-maintained, odor-free closet!

Written By: Benjamin Lacy (The Story Alchemist)

Desiccant Container in Cover Photograph: Hexagon basket by MysticalDork; CC by 4.0 license.

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