Bathrooms are a breeding ground for moisture and condensation, but it’s important to limit it as much as possible, or risk it wreaking havoc on your walls and surfaces
There’s nothing like a nice, warm bath during the winter. It’s one of life’s small luxuries, but it does have some downsides.
When you run a bath, steam is inevitable, and this can cause condensation on surfaces which wreaks havocs on bathrooms. If left untreated, condensation can lead to mould, which in turn can cause long-term health issues such as asthma.
But luckily, a man has shared a clever bath hack that can “stop condensation and prevent mould when running a bath” – and it’s something Brits may never have thought of doing. When you run a bath, it’s common to let the hot water run, and then if it’s too hot, add some cold water in to cool it down.
However, if this is your method, you’ve been doing it wrong. Taking to his @costoflivingcrisistips TikTok account, the man explained: “To stop condensation and prevent mould when running a bath, instead of putting the hot water in first put the cold water in first. And then you won’t get any steam. It’s more efficient because it takes less energy to heat cold water than to cool down hot water.”
The video has been seen by almost 250k people, and many were happy to learn about the ‘secret’ hack. One person wrote: “Fantastic tip, thank you!” While a second added: “I always thought it was better to do it that way round, and now I know I was right.”
Others said this should be the ‘correct’ way, as doing it the other way round could risk being dangerous for children. One person said: “I’ve always done this after a seen a child fall in on a [TV] program,” while another added: “You should never put hot water in first. Just in case a child climbs directly in, without testing the water.”
A third person suggested: “Or add them both at the same time using your mixer tap as it was designed?,” however, the TikTok user replied, saying: “Not everyone has a mixer tap and even when mixed there’s still condensation.”
There are also other ways to get rid of condensation, including opening a window, or turning on the extractor fan. You should also make sure not to draft-proof rooms that will trap water, such as the bathroom.
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