Hot showers on a cold morning can cause the mirror in your bathroom to get fogged up. Ventilating the bathroom will help prevent the condensation but at the same time, it can make your bathroom temperature cooler. The mirror fogging up can be an inconvenience if you want to shave or apply makeup after your shower. These 3 easy techniques can easily clear the fog when your bathroom gets too steamy.
- Homemade Solution
Your mirror can be kept fog free with household products readily available in any home. Soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent or shaving cream can be wiped over the mirror. It prevents the build-up of fog while you’re in the shower. These cleaning products are also known as surfactants, which prevents condensation particles from fixing on the surface of the glass. Simply wipe a thin layer of the product over the surface and buff until the product has cleared. The only drawback of this method is that it may leave your mirror looking slightly cloudy, but only temporarily.
A solution of 1:1 vinegar and water can also be used to wipe the surface of the glass. Adding a few drops of soap to the solution can increase its defogging power.
- Specialty Products
Specialty products are available that are specially designed to keep mirrors fog-free. Specialized solutions for defogging, designed for car windshields, can be used on your bathroom mirror. This can help it remain fog free for up to a month. Spraying it directly onto the surface of the mirror and patting down with a lint-free and clean cloth should do the trick.
Glycerine is another such speciality product which can be purchased from any pharmacy. It can be diluted with water and used. It’s a non-toxic option, making it perfect for homes with pets and kids.
- Defogging Pad
This is the ultimate solution to your fog troubles and requires minimal effort. It’s powered by electricity and can be installed behind your mirror. It gently heats up the surface of the mirror preventing the condensation droplets from forming. It was previously considered to be a luxury available only in fine spas and hotels. But now you can install defogging pads in the comfort of your own home. They offer a more stable solution which defogs your mirrors without daily or even weekly wiping. A professional must be consulted for the installation as it can be trickier than it seems.
Your bathroom can be made fog-free with regular attention or by installing professional products. These solutions are suitable for any budget, and so anyone can implement them.