For those of you who have never heard of DampRid, it’s a bucket filled with salt crystals which apparently absorb excess moisture out of the air. In doing this it reduces the growth of mildew and mold.
That being said, the DampRid website describes it as a nontoxic inorganic mineral salt called Calcium Chloride which is very clever little crystals that only get going when the humidity goes above sixty per cent. They lay dormant when the levels are below sixty per cent and will not harm plants, children, or animals.
From evaluating the feedback on DampRid it really does seem to make a difference. The crystals are completely odorless and don’t release any fumes or gasses. These crystals absorb the excess moisture turning the crystals into a solid mass which then release the excess water into the bottom of the container. Due to this you must take extra care when emptying, you don’t want dirty salty water all over your carpets, having to repeat the process.
The amount of water released and how long it takes to release water depends on the moisture content in the air.
The exciting thing about this product is that it doesn’t release fumes or gasses and removes excess water from the air, an ideal choice for anyone suffering with asthma or allergies.
It doesn’t require electricity unlike the expensive electrical humidifiers and is a bucket of crystals, you take the lid off and pop it where you want. It is suggested that you put it high up out of reach of animals or children. The DampRid site states that these crystals are nontoxic and if a child or pets puts them in their mouth, they will spit them out quickly due to the taste.
These little buckets of moisture absorber are affordable, but are they cost effective? You will need to keep a close eye on your DampRid container to ensure that it hasn’t collected too much water and while they are affordable, the overall long term cost will depend on how much moisture is in the air.
When emptying you need to take special care and only pour down the toilet while flushing and you thought it was nontoxic and safe. It suggests you do not put it down the sink and if spilled, wipe immediately with a damp cloth.
While some people find the product works for what it is, others have noted that mildew and mold can grow in humidity of fifty five per cent, but these smart crystals only start working at sixty per cent. That leaves a five per cent chance that you will still struggle with mold even if you use these crystals.
A big concern is that DampRid clearly states that these crystals are non-toxic and pets and children won’t swallow them and just spit them out due to their fowl taste.
On reading the instruction leaflet you will get a different story with warnings that the crystals should not be inhaled and avoid contact with eyes, it also states that it can cause nausea. But these crystals aren’t meant to give off any gases or fumes, so why can’t you inhale them? If they’re completely safe for pets and children, why do they cause vomiting and why can’t they be inhaled?
Final Review of DampRid
After thoroughly researching DampRid and reviewing many consumer experiences on this non-electric humidifier, I believe it really does work to some degree. I do believe that the amount of moisture in the air will determine whether it is in fact a cost effective choice for your home.
You will need to buy one for each damp room where you are trying to avoid mildew or mold and while they are affordably priced, it depends on how many you need to purchase and how often you need to replace them.
You may find that buying an electric humidifier will work out to be cheaper in the long run.
As this product clearly does help with unwanted mildew and mold, it is recommended for homes that do not have children or pets. Children and pets always manage to get into things they shouldn’t and the health hazards seems a little vague when it comes to DampRid.
This humidifier is definitely convenient and cost effective in a majority of homes and if you’re looking for quick and easy, this may be the right choice for you.
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