As temperatures drop and many rely on heating to stay warm, most windows across the country are covered in condensation.
While not necessarily harmful in small amounts, over time these water droplets can lead to a range of problems including asthma and mold.
To find out how to tackle these common winter problems, Fabulous spoke to Owen Whitlock, Interiors Expert at Beanbags.co.uk, who shared his favorite tricks and advice.
According to him, you should invest in a dehumidifier. However, there are plenty of other alternatives, such as a cheap baking soda trick.
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This common kitchen staple, Owen claimed, is perfect for high-humidity rooms.
“Just fill a small bowl with baking soda and set it on the windowsill,” he instructed.
“Over time, you’ll find that the baking soda hardens as it absorbs the moisture. If this happens, you should replace it with fresh baking soda.”
If you’ve run out of baking soda, don’t worry, as one cleaning enthusiast recently claimed, you can also use table salt for this method.
Shower in and out
One of the biggest causes of dampness in homes is showering, the guru said.
The answer to reducing this is quite simple – use cooler water than usual.
However, since nobody is keen on a cold shower in the winter, Owen recommended another alternative – cutting down on shower time.
He added, “After showering, you should always leave the bathroom door and windows open for half an hour to increase airflow.”
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Go crazy with houseplants
Over the years, houseplants have become the talk of the town — everyone has at least a few, whether it’s a giant Swiss cheese plant or a fluffy cactus.
And according to Owen, they have more than just aesthetics — some houseplants work wonders when it comes to fighting moisture and condensation.
“These include peace lily, boston fern and spider plants.
“Not only do they reduce the humidity in your home, but they also look great.”
Goodbye to the mold
“If you want to remove mold from your windows without using harsh chemicals, white vinegar is a good substitute.
“Mix one part white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and spray onto the moldy area.
“The vinegar needs time to dissolve the mold, so let it sit for an hour.
“After waiting an hour, take a scrub brush and warm water to remove the mold.
“Then wipe the area with a clean cloth and let it dry.”
Cleaning hacks and tips
Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/7002560/how-to-get-rid-condensation/ I’m an interior expert… my tips will banish condensation from your home for good – and how to tackle mould