We can all agree that taking a hot shower on a cold morning is very enjoyable. But dealing with a fogged up bathroom mirror when you step out can equally annoying. Ventilating your bathroom can help to prevent this condensation but it this can also make your bathroom colder and defeats the purpose if you’re using a steam shower.

When your bathroom is full of steam from a hot shower, it easily condenses on the smooth glass surface of your mirror causing the fogginess we are all too familiar with. If you’re planning to apply makeup or shave using the bathroom vanity immediately after, this can be a significant inconvenience. With these 3 simple techniques, you can easily clear fog away from your mirror when your bathroom gets steamy.

Use a Homemade Solution

There are some household products you can make use of to keep your mirror glass fog free.

  • Shaving cream, toothpaste, laundry detergent and soap (bar or liquid) – Can be wiped over the mirror to prevent fog build up. These cleaning products are surfactants that help prevent water condensation particles from sticking to the glass. Just wipe a layer of the product over the glass and then buff until the product is clear – you’ll be able to see in the mirror again. The drawback to this method is that it may cause some slight cloudiness or marks on the glass.
  • Vinegar solution – You can also use a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down your mirror. Add a few drops of soap to the solution to increase its defogging power.

Use Specialty Glass Products

For something a little more advanced, choose a specialty product designed to keep bathroom mirrors fog free.

  • Specialized defogging solutions such as Rain-X, normally used on car windshields, can help to keep your bathroom mirrors fog free for up to a month. Simply spray directly onto mirrors and pat down with a clean, lint-free cloth to dry.
  • Glycerin is a specialty product you can get from the pharmacy that can also be used diluted with water to wipe down mirrors and keep them fog free during showers. It’s non-toxic, making it perfect for homes with kids and pets.

Install a Defogging Pad

A defogging pad is the ultimate professional solution to keeping your mirror fog free with minimal effort. Powered by electricity, the defogging pad is installed behind your mirror and gently heats the mirror to prevent condensation from forming. Previously a luxury only for fine hotels and spas, you can now get fog free mirrors in your own bathroom with professional defogging pads installed.

Defogging pads offer a more permanent solution that keeps your mirrors fog free without daily or weekly wiping. Because your mirror will need to be removed to install the defogging pad, you should ask your experienced glass professional to install it for you to prevent mirror damage.

In Pleasanton and the surrounding Tri-Valley areas, the experienced team at Pleasanton Glass Co. can assist you with finding the ideal, easy defogging solution for your bathroom mirror. Keeping your bathroom mirror clear and free of fog can be easy with regular attention or a professionally installed fog free mirror.