Check out this do-it-yourself fix for foggy car windows!
Your average morning can be an obstacle course—a gauntlet whose endgame is usually just getting to work on time. By the time you’re showered, fed, and out the door wearing pants, the last thing you want to deal with is a foggy car window. (Here’s why you should never heat up your car in the morning.)
A condensation-caked windshield isn’t just annoying, it’s just plain dangerous. It tends to subside with time and enough air system finagling, but there’s actually a quicker way to de-fog your windshield. All you need is three things: a tube sock, a roll of packing tape, and some kitty litter. (Here are five more things to do with socks.)
Now, when you head off to the pet store, make sure you get silica kitty litter (the crystalline kind, not the rock kind.) The tape type doesn’t matter. When it comes to your sock selection, opt for the athletic aisle, as you want the material to be as high-wicking as possible.
Take your sock and place the roll of tape at the top of the tube and push it in so that the centre of the roll makes the cuff of the sock plenty wide. Take your kitty litter and fill the sock up to about where your ankle would begin and then tie it off tight at that point. Now that you have your litter bomb, place it on your dashboard every time you park and leave your car. Your fog problems will be a thing of the past. (Here are five things you should always keep in your glove box.)
The reason why this hack works all comes down to the litter. The silica is any incredibly efficient wicking agent that readily sucks water vapour from the air, and, in a pinch, condensation right from your windshield.
If executed correctly, this hack will make sure that there isn’t any fog in your car in the first place. If you accidentally bring it in the house, don’t sweat it, as you can run the litter bomb along the windshield to get better results than your hand or a hand towel. (Looking for more car hacks? Check out these 10 DIY car wash tricks!)
Originally published as This Genius Hack Will Keep Your Car Windows from Fogging Up on ReadersDigest.com.