Cleaning Hacks

Why You Should Buff Your Bathroom Mirror With Shaving Cream

Buffing your bathroom mirror with shaving cream prevents it from getting foggy. Weird, right? While you might be thinking that bathroom fans are for that very reason, take a moment to think about all the times that your bathroom mirror has fogged up as the fan is running. If you want to defog your mirror the right way, you'll need to do (just a little) more than flip a switch.

Of course, if you’re not ready to pump and spread shaving cream all over your mirror—because, admittedly, it has the potential to get messy—there are plenty of ways to fight the fog. Ahead, learn how to defog your bathroom mirror once and for all.

How to defog your bathroom mirror for good

1. Try the shaving cream hack

If you don’t want to deal with a foggy mirror at all, being proactive with the shaving cream hack (which isn’t new but is currently going viral on TikTok) can help. All you have to do is spritz your mirror with a mixture of water and Dawn soap, gently wipe it across the mirror, and follow up with a small pump of shaving cream. Buff the shaving cream into the mirror until it goes completely clear—before you ask, yes, the residue will fully go away. And that’s it. Take your normal warm shower and witness the amazing benefit of the truly unconventional technique.

2. Spray your mirror with vinegar

While this technique can be admittedly more odorous, a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar sprayed on your mirror has the same fog-preventing effect as the viral shaving cream hack. Simply spritz it on and wipe it down with a cloth so that no spots or streaks form while it dries.

3. Run a cold shower first

Another way to prevent your mirror from fogging up is to run cold water first. It’s said that it will only take 30 seconds to a minute of running cool water to lower the overall temperature in a bathroom, which will then prevent the warm water from being able to fog up your mirror. Of course, wasting water isn’t ideal, so only use this technique if you enjoy actually rinsing in cold water.

4. Turn on a hairdryer after you shower

If fog still manages to cover your mirror, a quick way to get it to go away is to turn on a hairdryer on very low heat and point it at the mirror. The temperature change will help evaporate the fog.

What if the mirror is still foggy?

While all of the prevention techniques can lead to immediate fog-free results, they’re not long-lasting. Each application will typically only keep your mirror in pristine, fog-free condition for a few days or a week at most. But hey, considering it only takes a few minutes to perform them (if that), we say it’s well worth it to step out of your shower to a crystal-clear view of yourself. Don’t you agree?

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