Use a vegetable steamer or a crock pot as a stand-in for a humidifier
Is everybody in your universe sick, as they are in mine? Some virulent bug has flattened my kids' school, and we're just digging out now *sniff cough*.
Maggie's hack may net everyone a more restful night's sleep while the viruses rage:
I still haven't figured out the difference between warm mist and cool mist or why one is better or worse for you [Anyone? In the comments? -- Ed]. Recently, my humidifier stopped working. I realized that my vegetable steamer does the same job of putting water in the air. So, I put that in my son's room, put in all the components like I was steaming veggies, and put in the max water and max time that it could run (75 min). I also realized that I could do the same with a Crock pot -- it could run overnight and I could crack the lid open a bit. With a crock pot or veggie steamer, there are no inaccessible parts that you can't clean and allow mold to build up.
Obvious safety note: keep it 100% out of reach of mobile kiddos, and set the timer to remind you to check on it periodically. Not sure I'd want to leave a kitchen appliance running overnight in the kid's room, although I imagine (with a slow cooker especially) there's minimal risk. Am I missing anything?