Foggy Bathroom Mirrors Sorted!Foggy mist on bathroom mirror

Have you stepped out of the bath or shower and wanted to use the mirrors in the bathroom but just couldn’t see yourself through the foggy mist on them?  It is an age-old problem we have all experienced, but you’ll be pleased to know that it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little pre-planning, your bathroom mirror cabinets can be free from condensation even after the hottest of shower or longest of baths.


How NOT To Clear Steamed Up Bathroom Mirrors

Firstly, don’t make the mistake of trying to wipe the mirror clear with your damp used towel.  It will only leave the mirror with streaks and smears.  Even worse results come from using toilet paper or paper towels to clear the foggy mirror.  This will leave a residue of tiny white bits peppered across the mirror and if not cleaned off, will dry and become stuck to the mirror.  Yuck.


How to stop a bathroom mirror steaming up.

Use a specialist spray or lotion which are sold primarily to use in the car to prevent the car windscreen from fogging up, but they can also be used on bathroom mirrors to keep them de-misted.   Here is a link to one of these types of products   Pop a bottle in the bathroom cabinet and apply it to your bathroom mirror as part of your weekly cleaning routine to help you achieve clear mirrors after every bath or shower.

Apply washing up liquid neat to the mirror – no added water – just apply neat from the bottle onto one cloth and then wipe the excess off with another clean cloth.  Once buffed clear, this method will give your mirror a week or two protection from misting up post shower.

Use a clean cloth to wipe a foggy bathroom mirror

Foaming shave gel is also another product which helps prevent steamy mirrors.  Again, as with washing up liquid, apply direct to the mirror and work across the mirror then remove any excess with a clean cloth.   Some feel the foaming gel works better than the shaving cream and from the ones I’ve tried, I would agree.

Other low-cost suggestions for keeping mirrors fog free:

  • - A 50-50 vinegar water solution which works for a few days albeit with a bit of an aroma
  • - Lemon Juice is another alternative which would give a fresher smell than vinegar option
  • - Another better smelling option is to spray a small amount of Fabreze onto the mirror and wipe clean


Using a window vacuum to clear mist from a bathroom mirrorFinally, if you don’t fancy the routine of pre-prepping your bathroom mirrors on weekly / fortnightly basis, then a battery powered Window Vac could be your best solution and much safer than taking a hairdryer into the bathroom (which you shouldn’t do under any circumstances).  The window vac will remove the mist moisture from the mirror, windows, shower screen and tiles easily and quickly.  These are particularly good in hard water areas as by removing the water off these surfaces immediately after using the bathroom it will prevent a build-up of limescale.

We hope that these hints have been helpful to you. If you're looking for a bathroom mirror or stainless steel bathroom mirror, Clickbasin has a wide range in stock with free delivery direct to your door.

About the Author

Deborah Heardman

Deborah is an expert in bathroom basins and storage solutions, with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Since joining Clickbasin, Deborah has become an enthusiast for all things bathroom and a trusted authority on the topic.

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