If you see a sock placed on top of a car dashboard this winter – here’s what it means

You know it’s winter when you find your car’s windshield and windows foggy. Foggy car windows can be a trouble in the morning, especially if you’re rushing to get to work. You either have to risk driving out of a barely-transparent windshield, which is a major safety risk, or spent five to 10 minutes waiting your windows to defog. However, this can be avoided with a simple and easy trick.

To get started, you will need a sock that doesn’t have any holes along with some cat litter. Try to get unscented cat litter so your car doesn’t smell like cat litter! Fill up the sock with litter and tape it shut. This is why tube socks are ideal. You could tie it shut if the sock is long enough.

Once you finish with this, just put it on your dashboard when you park. You could also put one in the back window as well to prevent your back window from frosting up.

So why does this simple trick actually work?

Cat litter is great for absorbing moisture. If you are a cat owner, you probably already know this. Condensation is what happens when moisture gets trapped in the air inside your vehicle. The litter grabs onto this moisture in the air before it settles on the window. The sock is there to prevent the cat litter from getting all over the place.


Condensation is especially bad in the colder months of the year because the temperature inside the car is higher than outside the car. For example, on a hot summer day, condensation has the same effect on a cold glass of water. The condensation builds on the outside of the glass because the outside air is warmer than the inside of the glass.

Let us know if this window-defogging trick worked for you, or if you have any tips of your own, in the comment section.