From water droplets on the inside of your bedroom windows on a cold morning to a misty bathroom mirror after a hot shower, condensation is a normal part of everyday life.
However there the weather starts to get colder and your showers get hotter, you may notice your mirrors and windows get even more misty
While a little bit of condensation is harmless from time to time, regular moisture build-up can lead to long-term problems for your home and your health.
CONTINUE READINGWhy is condensation forming on the outside of my windows?
So what causes glass surfaces to fog up and how can you prevent your windows and mirrors from fogging up?
Here is everything you need to know.
Why is condensation forming on my windows?
Condensation occurs when an object – in this case a pane of glass – is cooler than the surrounding air.
When this happens, water molecules cluster in the air and form a thin layer of visible water droplets on their surface.
Condensation inside tends to occur during the Autumn and winter months when the outside air is colder and signals above-average humidity or insufficient ventilation in your home.
A little condensation from time to time is normal, but persistent moisture is ideal for Mold and mildew grow.
Here’s how to prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up
“Opening the windows in your bathroom is an easy way to prevent your bathroom from misting up as the steam just pours straight out of the window,” says George Holland, a bathroom expert at Victorian plumbing.
“But in the colder months, that fresh breeze is probably not what you want after a nice warm shower.”
If you can’t shower without fogging up your mirror, don’t worry because there are some quick and easy cleaning hacks to help you get out of the fog.
1. Shaving foam
First, George recommends applying a thin layer of shaving cream to the entire surface of your bathroom mirror before wiping it down with a dry cloth until it looks normal again.
“This should work for a week or two, and when it starts to be less effective, just try this method again,” advises George.
“Try not to add too much though as this will leave streaks and will not produce the same results.”
Vinegar is perhaps best known for being good on chips, but it’s also an effective mist deterrent.
Make a small mixture – half vinegar, half water – and apply it to the mirror with a cloth before wiping it away until there are no streaks or stains.
“That should work for a week or so, and it’s one of the cheapest options,” says George.
“However, it can leave an odor for about an hour after application, so you may want to squeeze some lemons or limes into the mixture to give it a nice aroma.”
3. Dish soap
Dish soap is another common household item that you can use to keep your mirrors steam-free this winter.
“Treat the mirror like a glass bowl,” says George. “Put a little soap in a wet cloth and then just wipe it with a dry cloth. Although this method only takes one day, it is still very easy. “
This method is proving to be popular at TikTok wherever this viral video has collected more than 500,000 likes.
How to stop condensation on windows
If you want to prevent condensation from building up on your windows every morning, here are a few simple steps you can take:
Cover pans while cooking to keep your kitchen windows from fogging up
Shower faster – or cooler –
Always use an extractor hood (if available) when showering or cooking.
If possible, try to avoid drying wet clothes indoors, especially on radiators
Open windows as often as you can.
If you have two windows on opposite sides of your house, open them at the same time to allow cross ventilation
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