Don’t Use This Viral TikTok Hack to Fix Window Condensation

Hacks can be great, but sometimes they can be ill-advised or even dangerous, such as the latest TikTok hack for eliminating window condensation. As the video below shows, it recommends covering the interior of all your windows in dish soap to keep them free of water droplets all winter. While the hack does work, it comes at a price. Those droplets have to go somewhere, and blocking them with dish soap could cause them to end up on porous surfaces around your home. You’re essentially trading a little condensation on your windows for water stains on your walls, or worse — mold. Instead, experts recommend using a dehumidifier in affected rooms to balance out the moisture in the air. Window manufacturer Stanek suggests turning your humidifier down, turning on a fan when you cook or shower, and keeping your ceiling fan running, even when it’s cold outside. If the windows get really foggy, open them to release warm, moist air into the outdoors. If the problem persists, consider adding weather stripping to the windows or installing temporary shrink film insulation. Also, move your plants away from windows, as they release moisture into the air. You can also use Rain X or a similar windshield protectant. Most importantly, wipe away any moisture you do see to keep it from sinking into the wood around your windows and causing a musty smell or mold growth.