ONE side effect of cold, wet weather? Foggy car windows that can take a frustratingly long time to clear.
Knowing how to demist your windscreen is key – and you’re legally required to do it. We’ve found the best car demisters and defoggers to help.
The best items to help you defog your carCredit: Getty Images
What makes my car windows foggy?
Condensation forms in the car when it’s cold out and there’s moisture inside the vehicle from passengers.
The mist that forms on the windows makes visibility poor – and can affect your driving as a result (it’s also illegal to drive if you can’t see out of your windows properly).
What’s the best way to de-fog my windows – and fast?
Some cars are equipped with a button which automatically starts the demisting process. Turning the heater on has the same effect – direct it at the windscreen and windows.
Note: you’ll want to start the heater on cold before increasing the temperature so you don’t add more humidity to the car.
Rolling down the windows – or blasting the air con after the heat – will also help speed up the process.
Keeping your windscreen clean will also help expedite the process – as will these demister tools below.
This reusable car dehumidifier can absorb up to 120ml of waterCredit: Amazon
- (AD) Pingi Dehumidifier Car And Home LV-A300, £7.99 at Amazon – buy here
This dehumidifier bag has legions of fans and lots of pluses: it’s reusable, works in a variety of places (car, house, boat) and it’s well-priced.
The design absorbs up to 120ml of moisture, with a colour dial that changes from blue to pink to indicate when it’s full.
Customers especially recommend these for use in smaller cars.
‘Purchased one of these and it did such a good job that sometimes it would prevent misting entirely and the rest of the time the blowers could deal with it! Chuck it in the microwave once a month and it’s good to go again’, writes one happy customer.
Another reusable, well-reviewed option for car condensationCredit: Amazon
- (AD) Apalus 1KG Silica Gel Car Dehumidifier, £13.59 at Amazon – buy here
This car dehumidifier bag will help reduce car misting, absorbing up to 400ml of water when placed on the dashboard.
Filled with silica gel, the demister is reusable (just microwave to dry) and includes an anti-slip mat.
Big car? Try three of these at once.
This windshield brush has a handleCredit: Amazon
- (AD) LJNH windshield brush, £10.99 at Amazon – buy here
This windscreen cleaner lets you demist your windows quickly and effectively.
The package includes two windshield brush handles and two microfibre bonnets. The general consensus from reviewers is that it’s ‘a good buy’.
This demister pad will remove condensationCredit: Halfords
- Demister pad, £3 at Halfords – buy here
This microfibre demister pad does the job and doesn’t cost a lot, cleaning glass and removing condensation.
5. Scotts of Stow
Clean your windshield and remove excess condensation with the Windscreen BuddyCredit: Scotts of Stow
- Windscreen Buddy – Set of 2, £19.95 at Scotts of Stow – buy here
Not designed for heavy condensation, the windscreen buddy can nevertheless help with demisting while leaving windows clean.
It works effectively on all manner of glass – shower, bathroom mirrors – around the home.
Fans approve of this set, which includes a detachable handle, two reusable microfibre bonnets, a mesh bonnet for bugs and a water spray bottle.
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