From water droplets on the inside of your bedroom windows on a cold morning to a steamed-up bathroom mirror after a hot shower, condensation is a normal part of everyday life.
However, as the weather starts to get colder, and your showers start to get hotter, you may notice your mirrors and windows getting even foggier
While a little condensation from time to time is harmless, a regular buildup of moisture can lead to long-term problems for both your home and your health.
So what causes glass surfaces to fog up and how can you stop your windows and mirrors from steaming up?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Why is there condensation 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 in the air group together, forming a thin layer of visible water droplets on its surface.
Interior condensation tends to occur during the autumn and winter months when the outside air is colder and signals that above-average levels of humidity or a lack of ventilation in your home.
A little condensation from time to time is normal, however persistent moisture provides the ideal conditions for mould and mildew to grow.
How to stop your bathroom mirror from steaming up
“Opening windows in your bathroom is an easy way to prevent your bathroom fogging up as the steam will simply flow right out of the window,” says George Holland, a bathroom expert from Victorian Plumbing.
“But in the colder months, this fresh breeze is probably not what you want when you’re after a nice warm shower.”
If you can’t seem to have a shower without steaming your mirror up, don’t worry, as there are some quick and easy cleaning hacks that will help you beat the fog.
1. Shaving foam
First up, George recommends applying a thin layer of shaving foam over the entire surface of your bathroom mirror, before wiping it away with a dry cloth until it looks normal again.
“This should work for about a week or two and when it begins to be less effective simply apply this method again,” advises George.
“Try not to add too much though, because it WILL leave streaks and won’t give the same results.”
Vinegar might be best known for being good on chips, but it’s also an effective fog deterrent.
Make up 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 marks.
“This should work for just under a week and is one of the cheapest options,” says George.
“However it may leave a smell for about an hour after application so you may want to squeeze some lemons or limes into the mix to give it a nice aroma.”
3. Dish soap
Dish soap is another common household item that can be used to keep your mirrors steam-free this winter.
“Treat the mirror like you would a glass bowl,” says George. “Add a little bit of soap to a wet cloth, and then simply wipe it away with a dry one. This method may only last a day but it is really easy nonetheless.”
This method is proving popular on TikTok, where this viral video has amassed more than 500,000 likes.
How to stop condensation on windows
If you want to prevent condensation from forming on your windows every morning, here are a few simple steps you can take:
Cover up pans while you cook to stop your kitchen windows from fogging up
Take quicker — or cooler — showers
Always make sure to use an extractor fan (if you have one) when showering or cooking
Try to avoid drying wet clothes indoors, especially on radiators, wherever possible
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 for cross-ventilation
For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea.