How to Make a Cheap Fog-Free Shower Mirror

Some of the best discoveries are accidental …

For example, penicillin was discovered when a lab technician left a petri dish out, and penicillin mold drifted through the window and accidentally landed in it … killing the germs in the petri dish.

Likewise, I recently made an accidental – although admittedly very minor – discovery.

Here’s the backstory …

I love shaving in the shower.  The steam loosens my facial hair for shaving, and it’s a relaxing and comfortable environment.

But the “fog-free” shaving mirrors my wife keeps buying me only last a couple of weeks before they start fogging up.  In other words, the special “fog-free” coating on the mirror quickly wears off, and the things become worthless.

My accidental discovery occurred when:

(1) My fog free shower fell off the wall; and

(2) I accidentally placed my bar of soap on the mirror.

I discovered that the thin film from the bar of soap made the mirror fog-free again.  In other words, a thin film of soap makes a mirror fog-free.

So all you have to do to make your own cheap shower mirror is lightly rub any small mirror with a wet bar of soap before you shave. If the film is too thick, just splash a little water on it.

Voila! Fog free shower mirror!

You just saved some money.

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  • ianbmichaels

    Now there’s another reason to visit Washington’s Blog everyday: tips and tricks.

  • BDUB

    Soap is a surfactant. This is known.

    • artguerrilla

      besides your own spit, one of the easiest, cheapest, least complicated anti-fog solutions for a snorkel mask, is a couple drops of ‘no more tears’ type baby shampoo in a spray bottle of water… works better than any fancy-schmancy ‘high tech’ anti-fog chemical-laden expensive crap…

  • toktomi

    So, now the question that comes to my mind is: What is the defogging agent – is it soap [soponified oil & lye] or is it the chemicals in your particular brand of commercial “soap”-like substance?

    Oh, on second thought, I don’t really care – I don’t have a shower or even running water.

    lemoi [lovin’ every minute of it],

    ~toktomi~

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    my tiny contribution to humankind: a bit of heat-shrink tubing serves nicely to fix a boot/shoelace which has lost its aglet.

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  • artguerrilla

    i shave in the shower, too…
    but what is the mirror for ?
    watching yourself jerkin the gherkin ? ? ?
    don’t know about you, but my face has been in the same place for the last umpteen years; pretty much know how to find it to shave, and can even do it with my eyes closed ! ! !
    no mirror, no shaving cream, just a nekkid ape in the shower with a cheap-ass razor…

  • jadan

    Any cheap & easy tricks for insuring that the shower water is free of carcinogens & radionuclides?

  • kimyo

    print out an enlarged photograph of the remote for the visually impaired.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2aca7209eddcb79b2df61ae3a26b3d784f09dd466728e8ff66cb90efb7a78e9a.png