4 unusual hacks for preventing window condensation – from cat litter to baking soda

Table of Contents Baking sodaVaseline Tackling condensation around your property can feel like a chore when…

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Tackling condensation around your property can feel like a chore when the watery residue continues to return each morning. As we edge further into winter and the temperature continues to plummet, the problem can only get worse. While we all know the common tricks like ventilation and consistent heating, how else can you banish condensation from your home?

Whether you live in a period property or a new-build home filled with double glazing, condensation will almost always find a way to appear.

As the glass goes cold from the freezing winter weather, excess moisture in the air can quickly evaporate and form a watery glaze over your window panes.

Preventing condensation is easily done with secure windows and consistent air quality throughout your home – but there are a few other crafty ways to tackle these misty particles too.

From cat litter to baking soda there are a host of unusual solutions to a condensation problem, and this is how to use them.

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Baking soda

Baking soda can be used for a host of cleaning tasks around the home and condensation is just another way to utilise this kitchen cupboard staple.

Fill a clean, dry bowl with baking soda and place it on windowsills around your home.

This simple hack can also be used in cabinets and cupboards which may be experiencing a damp problem – it can even be used in your garden shed.

While baking soda is less effective than coarse rock salt, it is a cheap alternative for smaller places like cupboards, bathrooms and wardrobes.

Vaseline

This bathroom cabinet essential is known for its moisture-locking properties and works well as a protective barrier for the skin – but it can also work on your windows too.

A broken seal on your double glazed windows could be the root cause of condensation, but just one thick layer of petroleum jelly could quickly solve this common problem.

Begin by cleaning the window to remove dirt and debris then close the window completely.

Apply a generous layer of Vaseline along the areas of the window that touch the frame and finish with a commercial sealant to coat larger gaps.

The window should not stick after the sealant has dried, but if it does, you might need to apply more Vaseline.