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Nick’s Tip: I’ll Never Let Go, Jack

by Nick Vitrano

A few weeks ago we were talking about movies that we watched as kids that were well above our maturity level.  It’s inevitable in families with multiple kids, as by the time the eldest is of age to justify fill-in-the-blank film, the youngest is likely far from prepared.  My brother is four years my senior, my sister is six years my junior, so pretty every movie we checked out growing up was inappropriate for at least one of us.  One afternoon while babysitting my sister, she started exhaling on the window then slapping it against the fogged-up glass.  It took me a while to realize she was reenacting the hook-up scene from Titanic.  She was a little too young to really get it, I think.  Regardless, the whole incident could have been avoided (for both Jack and Rose and me) had the following tips been enacted.

Today’s tip: how to prevent window fog-ups.

Not only the aforementioned, but more useful in a daily sense, any of these will help keep your bathroom mirrors and windows from steaming up, prevent the inside of your car windows from the same, work for eyeglasses and goggles wearers, even help your home windows if you have a fogging up/icing up issue.

First of all, make sure your windows or eyeglasses/goggles are clean.  Dirt and film allow moisture to take hold and stick around.  Then try one of these:

  • Shaving cream.  Not the gel…just a good ol’ can of Barabsol (or whatever).  Wipe the foam on the surface, then wipe off with a dry, absorbent cloth.  Repeat every week.
  • Dish soap.  Like the above, a small film of dish soap, buffed out with a dry, absorbent cloth, should do the trick.
  • Potato.  Slice one in half, then wipe the surface, leaving to dry.  If any starchy film is left behind, you can buff it out with a dry cloth.  Repeat every week.
  • White crayon or birthday candle.  Put a couple X’s on the surface, then buff it out with a dry cloth.  (This is my favorite and lasts the longest, I have found.)

So there you go.  Of course you can go with chemical treatments like car wax and defoggers, but the above are some solid, all-natural methods.  And if you just can't seem to kick the problem, invest in a chalkboard erasure - they are infinitely better at absorbing the moisture. 

Tease Image: By Ardfern (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons