If You See A Sock On Top Of A Car Dashboard This Winter, Here’s What It Means

Updated December 8, 2017

When the weather starts to get cold, gone are the days where you can just hop into your vehicle and take off. Many mornings, you have to warm up your vehicle and let the defroster run so that you are able to see out of your windows. This can take time, especially when the temperatures dip below zero. If your vehicle is covered in ice or snow, getting ready for the morning commute can become an even more tedious experience. However, with a sock and a little creativity and information, you can stop those foggy windows so that you are ready to roll as soon as you buckle your seat belt.

To get started with this incredibly smart idea, you will need an old sock that is clean and free from holes and structural issues so that the litter is not able to leak out. You also need cat litter and masking tape. It is recommended that you use a low-odor or no-odor cat litter just so that your vehicle’s cabin does not smell like litter.

Fill the foot part of the sock with the litter and then use your tape to secure the open ends of the sock that you are using. It is a good ideal to use a smaller tube sock for this so that you can put in adequate litter and still have plenty of room at the end to tie it off securely so that the litter is not able to spill.

Once you create your litter-filled sock, simply put it on your dashboard when you are parked. You might also consider creating one to put in the back window too since this can also get really foggy on those cold days. And, this is it. You will come out in the morning and not have to worry about eliminating fog before leaving your driveway.

So, why does this work? Kitty litter is exceptional when it comes to absorbing moisture. If you have a car, you are surely aware of how effective in can be. Condensation on your vehicle’s windows is the result of moisture getting trapped in the air inside the cabin of your vehicle. The kitty works to essentially leech this moisture from the air, reducing its level enough to where it is unable to cause condensation to happen on your windows. The sock simply works to keep the litter from getting all over your car.

Condensation in the cold months is common because the inside cabin temperature is higher than the outside temperature. You often see this in reverse when you grab a cold glass of ice water on a hot summer day. You notice the condensation on the outside of the glass because of the external temperature being higher than the ice water that is inside.

This certainly seems like a quick and easy way to make your mornings a bit faster and more pleasant once Old Man Winter makes his appearance. Are you going to grab a sock and some kitty litter and try this for yourself?