19 Ways to Make House Guests Comfortable That You've Never Even Thought Of


If you enjoy having house guests, you’re always looking for ways to make them comfortable in your home. Here’s a list of fresh ideas to inspire you, room by room! Try out the ones that complement your tried-and-true techniques. The perfect combination will result in comfortable guests and a happy host! 


1. Make welcome baskets. The more personal the goodies, the better. Stuff baskets with guests’ favorite childhood snacks. If you can’t find baskets, gift bags are no less pleasing when filled with treats that make guests’ hearts sing. Refrigerate perishables.

2. Keep dietary restrictions in mind when planning meals. Ask guests about sensitivities ahead of time if you’re unsure. They’ll appreciate it. Being unaware of a visitor’s peanut or seafood allergy could have serious consequences.



3. Fold plush bath towels into swans, spa-style. You’ll enjoy doing it, and guests will love posting them on Instagram. Minimal effort; maximum smiles!

4. A few travel-size fancy toiletries won’t break the bank and will make house guests feel special. Remind guests they’re theirs to take home.

5. Don’t forget about night lights. Guests, young and old, can get confused or hurt looking for the bathroom in a dark, unfamiliar house. 



6. If you’re hosting a bad sleeper, give them the bedroom with the window coverings that block out the most light. Controlling the amount of light in a room is a must for creating a sleep oasis — a bedroom equipped to promote restfulness and quality sleep. Well-rested guests are pleasant, energetic guests.

7. A sleeping mask is an inexpensive solution if an exceptionally dark room isn’t available. It turns any environment into a peaceful, light-free zone for the wearer. 

8. Controlling a bedroom’s nighttime temperature is another must-have for establishing a sleep oasis. Temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees F can create a better sleeping environment.  If your guest room or area runs a little too cool or too warm, consider a multi-funtional heater and fan, like the Honeywell VersaHeat 2-in-1 Heater + Fan.

9. A smart speaker, paired with smart plugs, will enable guests to control lights using voice commands from the comfort of their bed. 

10. Make a calming music playlist and furnish it to guests via the smart speaker.

11. A selection of books will please the literary-minded and those who fall asleep upon opening a book in soft light. 

12. Consider letting an air purifier do double duty for you. White noise helps some fall and stay asleep. And in addition to its tranquil, sleep-promoting UltraQuiet Technology, the Honeywell Designer Series HEPA Tower helps clean the air of dust and certain other non-living airborne allergens. It provides HEPA air purification for medium-large rooms, changing the air 4.8 per hour in rooms up to 190 square feet. After your guests return home, an air purifier will continue serving your household. 

13. Essential oils can help lift your mood. The Honeywell Designer Series HEPA Tower features an essential oil tray for optional aromatherapy.

14. A room’s humidity can be a vital contributor to occupants’ comfort. Sleeping with a humidifier’s moisture can temporarily relieve chapped lips and dry skin and keep nasal passages and throats hydrated. Honeywell Humidifier Ultrasonic technology offers quiet operation for peaceful sleep. Honeywell humidifiers can be used in bedrooms of all sizes.

15. Having dependable internet is required. While occasional digital detoxing is recommended, visitors might have to work online. Such is modern life. Be supportive. Want to be a hero? Have chargers available for guests’ phones — and maybe even a universal power converter-adapter for visitors from outside the U.S.

16. Leave a fresh pitcher of water and clean glassware on your guest’s nightstand to ensure they’re hydrated and have access to water to take any nighttime or morning medications. The PUR PLUS 7 Cup Pitcher is a sleek option for great-tasting water. 


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17. Plan quiet time for the house during sleeping hours, kids’ naps, or if you or a guest are remote-working. 

18. Child-proof the house. Stow precious breakables. Cover your swimming pool securely. And feel secure.

19. Have pets? Vacuum dander and other microscopic, airborne allergens from carpets, furniture, and drapes before guests arrive. A Honeywell Air Purifier can help clean indoor air stirred up by vacuum cleaners without HEPA filtration.


Consider adding a Honeywell Air Purifier or Humidifier to any of the rooms in your house. You and your guests will breathe easier. 

What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your Humidifier?

You love the benefits of your humidifier – softer skin, relief from coughs, and no new gaps forming in your hardwood flooring, woot! But chances are, you don’t always remember to clean your humidifier. And that’s a no-no. Cleaning your humidifier is actually really important (and really easy, too).

What happens when you don’t clean your humidifier?

1. Mineral buildup, leading to poor performance

  • The water that you add to the tank leaves hard mineral deposits (“scale”) throughout the humidifier. Scale can clog up your humidifier and hamper its performance.
  • In visible mist humidifiers, scale can prevent the heating element or nebulizer from functioning – that means no mist and no humidification.
    In invisible moisture humidifiers, scale can clog the filter and prevent moisture from getting into the room – resulting, again, in no humidification.

2. Mold/bacteria growth, leading to unclean moisture or odors

Without regular cleaning, the parts of your humidifier that come into contact with water can develop mold and bacteria growth.

  • In visible mist humidifiers, mold spores and bacteria can potentially be released in the mist. Of course, bacteria and mold spores are always in the air we breathe – it’s just best not to add more with an unclean humidifier.
  • In invisible moisture humidifiers, mold and bacteria can grow on the filter, creating an odor and preventing the filter from working properly.

Since nobody wants a humidifier that (1) doesn’t work well or (2) becomes a mold hang-out spot, you absolutely need to clean your humidifier regularly.

The 3 Steps to Effective Cleaning

The good news is, cleaning your humidifier is really easy, especially if you clean it regularly.

1. Daily rinse and refill: A daily rinse and refill goes a long way towards preventing scale and mold/bacteria growth in the first place.

  • On days when you’re using your humidifier, just rinse out the humidifier and refill it with clean water.
  • For a filtered humidifier, also be sure to flip over your filter (top to bottom) when you refill the tank.

2. Weekly descale and disinfect: During periods of time when you’re using your humidifier, descale and disinfect it once a week.

  • Clean the humidifier with white vinegar to remove mineral deposits.
  • Then clean the humidifier with a bleach solution to disinfect it.
  • See your owner’s manual for the specifics of this two-part process.

If your humidifier has a filter, the filter should be replaced every 30-60 days.

  • Never clean the filter with chemicals or soaps.
  • You can loosen scale on a hardened filter by soaking the filter in cool water – but know that a replacement filter will be needed soon.
  • If the filter has mold growth on it or smells “off,” replace the filter promptly.

3. Seasonal shut-down and start-up:

  • Before you store your humidifier, descale and disinfect it one last time.
  • When you bring the humidifier out of storage again, descale and disinfect it again to ensure good working condition for the season.

The benefits of humidifying outweigh the small amount of cleaning that keeps your humidifier working well.

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