The winter chill is well and truly upon us, which can seriously slow us down in the mornings — especially if you have a car. ("It was cold" should be a legitimate excuse for being late to work, right?) If you, too, are suffering from early morning freezes on the regular, I'll bet this hack on how to stop you car windows from fogging up from YouTuber Dave Hax will come as welcome news to you. If you're anything like me, you need all the spare seconds for your precious shut-eye in the mornings so you can get to work safe and alert.
Fog on the inside of your windshield (not to be confused with frost on the outside of your windshield) is the bane of many, many lives in winter, but what makes it happen? Well, according to Lifehacker, science behind it is pretty simple: The difference in temperature and moisture between the inside of the car and the outside of the car causes windshield fog. Basically, because it's cold and dry outside and your body produces heat and moisture, when you sit inside the car breathing (as humans are wont to do), your hot breath — which consists of air particles containing water — hits the cold surface of the car window. This causes condensation to form, which in turn obscures your window's view.
Although the easiest way to de-fog your window is to turn the defrost vent on without the heat (or just by opening the windows), that solution is hella uncomfortable. Who wants freezing cold blowing in their face first thing in the morning? Not me, and probably not anyone else, either. Luckily, though, with a little forward planning, some cat litter, and a spare pair of socks, you can banish fogged windows for life, as this clever life hack video shows.
Here's the step-by-step of how to de-fog your life forever:
First, Find Some Old Socks
Literally, any pair will do.
Then Get Some Cat Litter
If you already have a cat, good for you. Otherwise, you might need to make an extra purchase the next time you run your errands.
Pour The Cat Litter Into The Sock
If you need to make the sock wider whilst doing this, place a roll of masking tape inside the sock to make a funnel shape. as seen above.
Double Wrap The Sock
No single socks here; make sure the litter-filled sock gets tucked into its buddy and you're good to go.
Place The Sock Anywhere In The Car And Prepare For A Fog-Free Life
You might have to wait a few days for the magic to happen (the cat litter will absorb all the moisture in the car), but it doesn't matter where you place your magic sock. Here's to happy mornings and fog-free driving!