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Stop window condensation with ‘old school’ trick using common household items

As winter weather sets in, condensation can start to build up inside windows. This happens when the cool window glass meets the warm, moist air inside your home.

If not dealt with, this condensation can lead to mould and mildew, which can harm your health and damage wooden window frames.

Cleaning expert Lynsey Crombie, also known as the Queen of Clean, has a simple solution to keep condensation at bay. She suggests using everyday cleaning items like microfiber cloths and dish soap to wipe away the condensation. 

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“Mum’s old school, was a cleaner. Both my nan’s were cleaner and they swear by it. Cleaning is definitely in my blood,” Lynsey explained. 

The cleaning expert advises treating window condensation as soon as you spot it. To do this, she recommends wiping the water off your windows every morning with a super absorbent cloth and dish soap.

“Basically, what you need to do is wipe the water off every morning. A good thick microfiber cloth to just get it off. Open the window as well, and let the window actually dry,” she explained.

She said: “Make a priority of every morning just going around the house with your microfiber cloth. Pour a tiny amount of washing-up liquid onto your microfibre cloth and rub it all over the glass on your window.”

“This will create a barrier that will stop the condensation, and you are unlikely to get smears or streaks in the window glass since you are using a small amount of dish soap. This tip is very similar to shaving foam on the shower screen. You’re creating a barrier which is going to stop the water from sticking to it,” she explained.

Lynsey  said it’s best to eliminate moisture in your home to stop condensation from developing.

She advised: “Dry clothes outdoors or in a room with good ventilation, open a window slightly, turn off the radiator, and place your drying rack in front of a bright window to help dry faster. Close the door off to this room whilst the window is open. Alternatively, look at heated clothes dryers. This has become more common due to the cost of using tumble dryers.”

Lynsey recommends getting a dehumidifier to tackle condensation.

She explained: “In case you were wondering, dehumidifiers use very little energy to run, so you won’t see a big hike in your energy bills and many have an auto shut off feature which helps if you are using overnight.”

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