It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. And that’s true in many cases, but it deserves an asterisk that says “Necessity is subjective”. Look no further than the Mirror Clearer, a cleverly engineered solution to something that barely qualifies as a problem.
As you may have guessed, it removes the condensation your mirror collects as you shower, offering you a nice clear space to shave, apply facial creams, adjust your latex mask disguise, whatever your morning routine may be. You just stick the Mirror Clearer to your mirror with the provided suction cup on one end, and pull it across the mirror like a windshield wiper. Now you’ve got some mirror real estate to work with.
True, you could just use your hand, but that’s actually not the best idea: Your hand leaves behind oils, which in turn cause streaks you’ll eventually have to clean off. Similarly, a towel is ineffective because it just wipes away some of the water, meaning the cold mirror and the warm water become best buddies again almost immediately.
At the same time, though, you do find yourself wondering just what kind of infomercial chain of thought led to this. Did they try the blow-dryer and crack the mirror? Did they find spraying shaving cream on the mirror wasteful? Did they dislike the smell of car wax, window defoggers, and vinegar? Or perhaps this all started in a hotel bathroom, where none of these tools were available?
Either way, the Mirror Clearer is a fairly cost-effective addition to the traveler’s bathroom kit: It only costs $12. Explaining what it is to the TSA, though, will probably be an experience without price.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.