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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

How to keep your bathroom mirror fog-free!



Gather around, friends. Gather around.

I'm about to share with you something awesome.

It all started back in August, when we were at the Haven conference in Atlanta. My roomie, Melissa from The Happier Homemaker, and I were sharing a room and I quickly realized that with two people trying to shower and get ready in the bathroom and be ready for breakfast by 7am, it was going to be tricky. Mainly, after the showers, how were we going to see in the bathroom mirror with everything all fogged up? The mirrors in this hotel were a little bit magical though and had some kind of system that prevented just a square big enough for you to see your head, right at eye level, from getting fogged up. I was blown away. Flabbergasted, And I loved it.

When I returned home, I stumbled on this little tip for defogging bathroom mirrors and I thought how neat it would be to have fog free mirrors at home too. So convenient! But I never tried it, because I was sure there was no way it could work.

Fast forward to this week and something inside me decided it was time. I gave it a go!


I started with a bathroom mirror. This one is in the bathroom where Kennedy and I take our showers, so it's the most commonly fogged around here.



Then I took a bar of soap and rubbed it onto a section of the mirror. You can just run the bar of soap across the mirror very lightly and that will be enough. I kinda over-did it.


Here's how it looked.


Next I took a cloth and tried to buff away the soap residue off the mirror. Like I said, I put too much soap on there in the first place, so this was a bit challenging. I got really annoyed at it, because it clearly wasn't going to work anyway, so I took some glass cleaner, spritzed it on, and cleaned off the remaining soapy bits and then forgot about it.

About an hour later it was time for Kennedy's shower. After she was done, I went into the steamy bathroom to pick up towels, mop up the floors and all that and I noticed the mirror. I ran to get my camera.


No fog! The trick worked! Even when I cleaned it off with glass cleaner! It was incredible! I was fog free!

So basically, yeah, I was pretty excited about it.

The only thing is, that since the room was so steamy, the mirror stayed fog free, but of course my camera lens did not. So that's why the picture looks like I'm trying to take a romantic soft-focus picture of a rose garden from 1986 or something.

But anyway, that's the trick! Try it out! Each time you go to wipe the toothpaste splatters and water spots off of your bathroom mirrors, just rub a little soap on there first!

Who knew that a bar of soap could do that?




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22 comments:

The Bold Abode said...

Brillz, baby! If our fans stop working, I'ma grab a bar of soap!

Amanda @ Dreamsicle Sisters said...

Now that id a fantastic idea!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

LOVE this idea! No more foggy mirrors at my house too!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

how on earth did you come up with this?!? so cool!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

No freakin' WAY! That is the COOLEST! (Also -- I love your 1986 rose garden soft focus photography.) :)

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Brilliant, totally going to give this a try!

ஐღReneeஐ said...

Iv used shaving cream on the bathroom Mirrors

Jessica said...

Spritzing on some vinegar (even diluted 50/50 with water) works too --- and you can spray it on your windshield before a cold night to keep it from frosting over. We just had an ice storm come through. Yeah, vinegar is nice ;)

sue j. said...

i'm really kind of a lazy person...so...what would happen if you grated some bar soap into a small bottle of window cleaner and then buffed???

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

I forgot all about that mirror until I saw this! What a great trick!

Joye said...

I wonder if the "mela Gold Bar" makes it work so good due to the Mela oil in it ;)

Mom said...

I have done the same thing but used shaving cream...the kind out of the can!

Anonymous said...

Was the soap wet first? Or did you do it dry?

Melynda Nolan said...

Will it work the same way on the inside of the windows in my house too?



Rosa Marie said...

Wipe with damp rag or dry rag? Love this idea. Thanks....

Anonymous said...

My widows get condensation on the inside would this work

Anonymous said...

My uncle always used car wax to keep his mirrors fog free.

Anonymous said...

Just think of the money people and hotels shovel out for those special mirrors! You could start your own service business doing this, not letting anyone (except the millions of fans who read this blog) in on the secret. ;) Seriously, great tip, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Next time write a message with the soap. "I'm watching you..."

Anonymous said...

Or "The Chamber of Secrets has opened..."

Anonymous said...

Wonder if this would keep the actual shower glass sides from fogging up? Has anyone tried it??

lisa said...

I spritz a bit of baby shampoo mixed with water, then rinse. Works wonders with swim goggles and glasses, too!