“ Compact enough to fit neatly into your car door pocket, the Halfords Natural Demister is effective, cheap and well made. „
Winter is here, which means that getting into my car and discovering that my windscreen is covered in mist due to the cold is again a regular occurence. I used to deal with such things by deploying one of the soft toys that sit on my dashboard, but if you would prefer not to abuse your soft toys you can pick up one of these sponges, specially designed for the job, from Halfords for a couple of pounds.
What is there really to say about a sponge? It does the job, and does it pretty well without smearing the windscreen. It seems to be pretty hardwearing - this one has been going for a couple of years and shows no signs of wear - the surface is still soft, if a bit marked by my less-than-pristine windows. It's even survived a couple of rounds in the washing machine with no ill-effects.
If it has a fault it's that it is a bit small. This matters, firstly because it can end up a bit soggy, and secondly because I only have little short arms. I can't reach my full windscreen and this sponge doesn't help that, whereas a longer sponge, or one with a handle might extend my reach.
However, for the price this does the job well and is a very nice little sponge.
I am sure no one likes to sit and wait in their car in a morning waiting for it to demist. This is definitely the case for me, even more so now I have a baby who is most likely to start screeching if we do not start moving within 2 seconds of her being strapped into the car seat. Previously I have used my sleeve to try and wipe the condensation away so it was a relief when my husband bought me this to solve the problem.
It is made of a lovely soft chamais material and measures 4cm x 17cm x 12cm so it is big enough to hold in your hand without your fingers going over the edge and touching the windows when you use it.
I keep it in my car door pocket and use it by sweeping it across the windscreen in no particular way. It does a good job of getting rid of all traces of water and condensation.
My only gripe with this product is that it does cause streaking occasionally. I put this down to my windscreen getting dirty inside and then me using it on a dirty windscreen it gathers up the muck and dust and causes marks to appear next time I use it. This can be overcome by either cleaning your windscreen more often (!) or sticking the demister pad through the washing machine on a quick wash.
I have owned this demister pad for 2 years and it doesn't need replacing yet, despite washing it numerous times. Once it does get past its best I will definitely replace it with another pad. However, that being said, I can't imagine it is a difficult product to get wrong so if I see another brand that is cheaper I will probably go for that.
They can be bought at Halfords stores nationwide and retail for around £2.99. I have seen them on offer before for 2 for £5. This price is quite reasonable considering the high quality material it is made from and the time it lasts.
I don't go to Halfords as a rule but do pop in occasionally to look for stuff for my son for Christmas, on one such trip I saw a couple of things that were cheap and useful- a demister pad being one of them. It was only a couple of quid at the time.
The demister pad is an absorbent 4cm x 12cm x 17cm 'sponge' wrapped in natural chamois making it very soft, therefore it doesn't mark the glass. It's small and compact enough (not unlike a kitchen sponge) to sit in the car door or like me I just leave it on the dash board.
I use the pad to clear condensation from the inside of the car windscreen and mirrors and for ages the back window heater in the car didn't work so I couldn't see a thing out of it. A demister pad was a must to clean it because I had no other way of doing it. I often had to ask whoever was in the back to turn round and give that and the back passenger windows a once over, or pullover and do it myself. I've actually used it in the house too when it found it's way into the house when switching cars.
The Halfords pad is very efficient at this, it sucks up the moisture without leaving any streaks. I find it highly absorbent and quickly clears and cleans especially compared to using a cloth. It holds the water well and rarely needs squeezing out. I've got no problem with it going mouldy, losing it's shape, coming apart or wearing down it's still like new and I've had it a few years. Our old novelty demister pad isn't a patch on this one....
I would recommend this particular pad and give it 5 stars.
Halfords Natural Demister Pad Small
I have been driving for many years now and have been through a variety of car makes and models over this time. I have always carried what I see as essential car items with me such as a petrol canister, de-icer, a window scraper and a demister pad. I purchased one from Halfords a couple of years ago and it is still going strong!
The natural demister pad comes in a simple plastic wrapper that tightly seals the pad inside. The Halfords black and orange branding is boldly printed across the front of the packaging. The product title 'Natural Chamois Demister Pad' is written in large white lettering and there is an image of a car behind this. The small pad which I have costs only £2.99 and has dimensions of 4 cm x 12 cm x 17 cm.
The chamois leather is a yellow colour and is a flexible and squishy rectangular pad. The pad, being from Halfords, is intended to be used in your car for both drying and cleaning surfaces. However this can be used in both the home and car on any windows, mirror and glass surfaces. Its chief purpose is to removes any excess mist, dirt and grime from your windscreen and does an amazing job! I don't tend to have problem with mist in my car and have a good air con system, but my windows and mirrors do tend to get grubby from day to day usage and from my diving kit and grime.
To use the pad you simply wipe it over your mirrored or glass surface as you would a normal cloth. The difference in the cleanliness and smear free surfaces in my car is immediate and amazing! The chamois pad grips any dirt and grime and removes it in one simple move leaving you with a sparkly clean and smear free surface. The pad does tend to get a bit grubby after a while but I find rinsing it in warm water gets rid of any excess grime and this doesn't affect its performance anyway.
I have had this pad for at least a couple of years now and it still works as effectively as when I first purchased it. Overall it's a really good value and handy item to keep in your car and would highly recommend it!
A few days ago when I was going to work at 6.30 in the morning I found the inside of the windscreen had misted up and I found myself using the back of my hand to clear it to enable me to drive. During the summer I take everything out of the car such as my anti freeze, scraper and demister and keep them in a box in the garage but have now put them back into the glove box ready for those cold Autumn and Winter mornings.
In the past I had just used an absorbent kitchen cloth for cleaning the inside of the windscreen because this is what I had always used but I must admit it did leave swirly marks on the glass which only came off when I cleaned the inside of the car properly using window cleaner for the glass. My husband bought this for me last year as he had bought one for himself and they were on offer at Halford, he thinks they were two for £4 which is a good price as they currently retail for £2.99 each.
The pad comes in a clear plastic bag with the Halfords logo and user instructions and the pad itself is a pale yellow with a seam down the sides. It measures 17cm x 4cm x 12 cm so and is a chamois material so it feels soft to the touch. I find that this size fits just perfect in my small hand but is big enough so that my fingers aren't touching the glass when I use it.
I usually start in one of the corners and will wipe it across the glass in a sort of sweeping figure of eight motion so that I don't miss any and find that this works well. Even if the glass is very misty the pad seems to absorb all the moisture and condensation from it, so although it does feel a little bit damp it never feels very wet. I will usually leave it on the passenger seat until I have got to work or wherever I'm going so that I am sure that it is completely dry and this is also useful if the glass starts to mist up again when I am driving as it is easily accessible to use again for a quick wipe over.
I find that there are no streaks or greasy marks after using this cloth and as it also gets rid of dirt my windscreen is always sparkling clean. I have rinsed it out a few times in a bowl of warm water and this seems to be sufficient to remove any dirt. I haven't used any washing up liquid or any other cleaning products as I think if there is any residue left in the pad this could affect how it cleans and could leave marks. I would say that the pad doesn't look any different from when I first had it and isn't showing any signs of wear or use. Whilst writing this I don't know why I don't use this for the inside of the windows in the house. I have a window cleaner for the outside but do the inside myself and find that I have to go over them numerous times as I keep spotting new streaks every time I sit down or look at the window from another angle. I will definitely try it to finish my windows off and if it does as good a job as the car I will be very happy.
I would highly recommend this demister pad as it really works in cleaning misted windows and removing condensation quickly and efficiently. I will definitely replace it when it eventually wears out.
We received a demister pad with our car, from the previous owners as the windscreen mists up easily. When that pad became old and stained, I went to Halfords to purchase a new one and came back with a couple of Halfords natural demister pads in size small.
When the temperature inside the car is different to outside, the car windscreen and windows soon mist up. These pads are great at demisting the glass, without leaving streaks. They glide along the glass, absorbing everything and leaving a clean, dry glass.
The pads are advertised as being ideal for use in the home, car or boat, and today I tried using one in the home. I was cleaning the ceiling ready for redecorating (awful job!) and after getting arm ache 1/4 of the way, I wondered what else I could use to make the job easier.
Out came the demister pad, and wow! It absorbed water easily, and gradually released it on the ceiling without dripping all over me. The pad made cleaning the ceiling a breeze, it removed all the dust and grime from our open fire, without needing much elbow grease! I wiped the ceiling with every side of the pad before rinsing it, saving water and time washing the pad. I am going to get some more of these pads to use to clean the house now.
The size of these pads is 4cm x 12cm x 17cm which is a good size to hold in the hand. They are yellow in colour, with a seam on each side. They are soft to the touch, and at £2.99 each they are a bargain.
=Halfords Natural Demister Pad Small=
I changed my car earlier in the year, and have been getting new bits and pieces for it, and one of those items was a demister pad, which I brought from Halfords, as my demister pad Hello Kitty had seen its day.
The demister pad is 17cm x 12cm x 4cm and is a good sized pad, so that you don't get your fingers over the windows.
The demister pad comes in a plastic bag, to keep it fresh, It is yellow in colour, and is made from a natural chamois material. The pad is soft and gentle and does not scratch the windows on the car.
To use the demister pad is east, I usually pop the heater on first, then use the demister to take the dampness off the window, the size allows you to get into the corners of the windscreen easily. It takes a couple of minutes for me to clear the windows of the car, but that couple of minutes just flies by and when I get in the car it is nice and warm.
You do need to make sure that there is no grease on the windows, as these not only dirties the chamois cloth but it drags the grease across all the windows.
I paid £2.99 for mine in January from Halfords, and it was a very good investment considering the weather we have had this year.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this chamois / demister cloth, it is good value for money, handy to keep in the glove compartment or the door of the car.
On the packet are full instructions on using the demister, product details, contact details for Halfords as well as care instructions.
When I first bought my current car I made a trip to Halfords to buy a few essentials. This demister pad was one of the first things I purchased, it currently costs £2.99 and is available in most Halfords stores. The pad is designed to absorb moisture and keep surfaces clean and steak free.
The demister pad comes in a plastic packet. It is made of sponge and covered in chamois, which is a type of natural leather. The pad is 4cm x 12cm x 17cm and is the ideal size to keep on your dashboard. It is soft and squeezable I squash it underneath the edge of my windscreen so I have easy access to it when needed.
To use the demister pad simply wipe is across the surface you would like to clean and dry. It absorbs moisture very easily and leaves the surface streak free. I use mine often to demist my windscreen, if it's been a cold morning it's inevitable that you may steam up once you start driving and to wait for the fans to clear the windscreen can take much longer than I have when leaving for work. I simply wipe the demister pad across my windscreen and apply gentle pressure. It sucks up any moisture and removes all condensation and mist from it. It also leaves your screen streak free and ready to go.
I have also used my demister pad when cleaning in inside of my windscreen and windows. It's quite impressive how much dirt it collects when wiping your screen and definitely helps improve visibility by keeping your glass clean. I rinse mine out with warm water and leave it somewhere warm to dry if it is a little grubby. My current pad has lasted me years so far and I can't see myself needing to buy another for a while. It's one of the best products I have bought to go inside my car and has saved me a lot of time and hassle when it comes to demisting the windscreen.
I would highly recommend buying one of these, £2.99 is a very small price to pay for the amount of use you'll get out of this hardwearing and handy little pad. I will always have one in the car! 5/5 from me.
Halfords Natural Demister Pad Small
When driving older cars these were essential but even though my car has a a very efficient demister function I always have one of these stuck in my door pocket for emergencies. We must have had so many of these over the years in different cars, they tend to fall out of the door pocket or get too dirty to be useful when the kids got hold of them but just the other day I found mine on the floor of my car because my granddaughter had found it and wanted to know what she could clean with it!
I remember when my older car was not as efficient at demisting or maybe because I had it parked outside rather than in a garage but I spent the first few minutes of the day wiping the inside of the windows then the first mile or so of the journey they still required wiping and I would be trying to do it while driving!!
These day I find the only time I really need to use mine is when I have a few people in the car and the back side windows get misted up so this I when I thrown the chamois covered sponge back at who ever I sitting in the backseat and ask them to wipe the windows so I can see out.
This I all this is. A small sponge covered with chamois leather that is a perfect size to hold in one hand and thick enough o that your finger don't wipe the glass at the same time as the chamois. The chamois as most people already know I a great natural cloth which absorbs huge amounts of wetness and dries without leaving streaks.
I also use mine to dry my windows when I have cleaned the car so that I don't get water spot on the windows as this spoils the effect of a clean car. My granddaughter LOVES cleaning the cars and so when I am drying the car body with an old large towel gives her this to 'help' me. She does get a bit fed up as she feels she is being given an inferior piece of equipment and sometimes I do have to find her another smaller towel but most times she is happy with her chamois.
If they get a bit dirty then all you have to do is put them through a machine wash and they come out sparkling again. They do dry a bit crispy but a bit of use soon softens them up again. I far prefer this to a chamois cloth a it gives a nice flat surface and a bit of something to grip whereas the cloth seem to bunch up when I use one.
The pad comes in a plastic bag but mine is long gone. I don't find it gets dirty in my car door unless it falls out into a muddy puddle of course. Then if that happen I wash it. It I a smallish sponge about 17 x 12 x 4cm so easily fits in my hand or door pocket.
Chamois is lovely and soft so there is no danger of the car or window getting scratched and I am always amazed at how much moisture can be absorbed by this. If it gets saturated then it is easy to give it a good squeeze and then you can keep using it even when it I damp.
I do sometimes use one in the house as we do not have double glazing and the insides of the windows get very wet with condensation in winter. This is fine for large areas of glass but less useful where our windows have small panes as I find the sponge is too big and I just bang my knuckles on the window frames.
These are not too expensive, about three quid I think but they lat years so for the sake of having a clear window it I money well spent and they take up so little room that you can keep one in the car for wet window emergencies at any time of year.
Ignore the criteria as they don't apply largely. I just put 5 for all as they are truly totally irrelevant for this review.
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I started driving my own car last year for the first time. As I have been driving for the first time on my own on the cold roads and during the nasty morning conditions I have been really conscious about looking after my car and keeping it clean. My husband gave me lots of different items, mainly all bought from Halfords, that he rushed out and got me when I passed my driving test. There were also some items that he had been using in his car and suggested for me, this demister pad being one of them.
This demister pad comes in a plastic bag and I have just been keeping mine in the drivers side door of my car. This pad is 17 x 12 x 4cm. It is a bright yellow and this is a natural chamois material. Chamois leather is a really popular material for cleaning cars and this is what prompted me to pick this up, well that and my husbands recommendation. This pad is very soft, and there are no harsh or scratchy parts to this at all. This is ideal of course as it means that I do not scratch any parts of my windows, although this wasn't something I worried about before I started driving!
In the mornings I have mainly had to de-ice my car and scrape either snow or thick ice off of it. This has been going on for weeks now and I have been really pleased to have this demister pad. It is simple to remove the snow or ice and then when getting in my car I have found that it takes a good few minutes for my front windscreen to clear properly allowing me to start my journey. This frustrates me, particular if I am rushing to see my Nan or someone else who needs me to be there as quickly as possible. I do put my heater on of course but this always just blows out cold air initially which seems to slow the process down more than if I didn't bother, that's how it feels anyway.
Using this demister pad is quick and simple as it allows me to start rubbing at the inside of my windscreen and side window if need be too. I usually put my heater on medium heat before I start using this demister pad and the combination of the two allows me to start clearing my windscreen quickly and efficiently. This is obviously not a large pad so it takes me a few strokes to get my windscreen clearly properly. I like to clear the whole windscreen before I set off and make sure that all of my windows are clear and that visibility is high. It takes a minute or two of elbow grease to get my windscreen cleared properly but this is fine and it does save me a fair few minutes and allow me to get away quicker. One of the main benefits of using this is that it does not streak or smear my windscreen at all.
I have been using this demister pad almost daily for the last few months now and it has been absolutely fantastic. It barely looks dirty or damaged and while it does look a small bit flatter than when I first got it but it helps me clear my windscreen quickly and efficiently allowing me to get back on the road again quickly and get to see my Nan or other family members quickly if I need to. This demister pad is worth every penny of the £2.99 price tag that it carries in Halfords and I am rating mine 5/5 stars!
My car seems to love misting up its windows, especially in this cold, dry weather. A short drive to the big supermarket - all the windows mist up. A long drive down to the parents, like this long weekend - all the car windows go wet and opaque.
This is dangerous, I know.
I also know it is probably at least in part due to me being very short and so having a driving position where my breath is closer to the window than taller folk. The fact that I'm asthmatic with malformed sinuses and have had serious chest infections and bronchitis and so have been mouth breathing a lot - as the alternative has not always been an option - has not helped.
As a result of these problems and a wish to drive and live - as well as not wanting to crash into anyone else through not being able to see through the windows; this being a necessity everywhere, but even more so when driving in Central London, where suicidal drivers and pedestrians abound - I drove carefully to Halfords.
I bought a car care kit, which contained a complete set of tools I would need to valet the car and demist the windows. One of the contents and, to be honest, the main reason I bought the package of car goodies, was this product.
Halfords Natural Demister Pad is made from chamois, which would rule this product out for vegans.
However, chamois is brilliant for cleaning and polishing windows. This product can be used in the car as well as at home. I have used it in both places. How you use it is the same in both. The chamois is securely wrapped around a sponge core and you just grip and wipe. Where the surface being wiped is wet, like a misted up car window, the pad absorbs the water and leaves the windows fit for purpose. One wipe and you can see through the window. Where the surface is dry, like my bathroom cabinet's door, the pad polishes and cleans.
Because the air in Central London is not good and is full of diesal smuts and other pollution, the pad does get grubby after a short drive and very grubby after a long one. However, one trip through the washing machine and it is not as smooth but is clean again and is still functional.
The pad is small but because it is block shaped, it does have a lot of surface area to use on each afflicted window and by changing the side used, you can let a wet side dry while using a dry side. It does dry out quickly, which is good given how fast my car steams up. It also air dries quite quickly after being washed, though you may need to squeeze it periodically to get the water trapped in the sponge part through to the chamois layer where it can dry properly.
I did buy this as part of a set. However, you can buy this great little product on its own. Halfords sell it in store and online at £2.99.
This is great value for a great little product and one that has a place in any car glove box.
As it does in mine.
I really hate the cold weather and clearing the car must be one of the worst jobs going, generally I am pretty lazy and money wasting and will just turn the engine on and let it do the job whilst I am finishing getting ready however on a weekend I feel it is unfair on the neighbours to do this and also on my daughter who has the bedroom at the front of the house and is generally still sleeping when I go to work. As i'm sure anyone knows when finally clear your car on a cold day and then start the engine the inside of your windscreen mists up and so to make it quicker to set off I bought this demister pad when we were car seat shopping in Halfords.
The pad is Halfords own although I have seen similar items in other places and it cost about the £2.50 mark I seem to remember. The pad was packaged in a plastic wrapper with Halfords name on it and recorded the size as small although I didn;t actually notice any other sizes for sale but this is the perfect size anyway.
The pad is a pale yellow in colour, the pad is 12 x 17cms so is perfect size to hold and it is about 5cms in depth so there is plenty of space for you to hold it but not scrub your fingers against the windscreen. The pad I would guess is a pretty tough sponge inside and then it is covered in a type of chamois leather material which is really soft so of course won't damage your windscreen in any way.
To use the pad you simply hold it in your hand and rub the windscreen with it, this takes very little effort and it clears the mist very well, if there is quiate a lot of mist you can find that the pad gets a little damp but it dries out pretty quickly. The great thing with this pad is that it fits brilliantly into my door pocket so once I have cleared it and set off if the windscreen begins to mist again it is in easy reach and can keep the windscreen clear on the go.
The pad is brilliant and it leaves the windscreen free from marks and it only takes 30 seconds to wipe over the whole windscreen and be on your way. The pad does of course get dirty as it picks up any dirt from your windscreen but we put ours in the washing machine on a gentle wash and it comes out nice and clean. The pad is well worth the couple of quid it costs and I have used it all winter and there is no signs of damage to it so I am happy that it is decent quality too.
I was quite a late starter when it came to learning to drive, I finally passed my test at the end of 2011 at the age of 23. My nan, bless her, willed me on from the day I started to learn and when I eventually passed my test gave me a load of goodies for when I could buy a car. One of the things she bought for me was this demister pad.
As the Halfords demister pad is a Halfords own brand product, it can only be purchased from Halfords either in store or online from their website and it currently costs £2.99.
The demister pad comes packaged inside a transparent plastic bag which features the product name, information and Halfords logo. Although the pad is described as small in size, I don't think it is all that small and more of a regular size. It's 17 centimetres long, 12 centimetres wide and around 4cm deep. It is the normal yellow type colour of these types of products. The pad is mainly made from chamois leather which is quite a popular material used in car care products. I think this is mainly because it doesn't have any abrasive properties to it and generally leaves surfaces free from marks. The pad is quite squidgy and is filled with soft padding with the chamois leather surrounding it.
I guess I'm not the only one that gets frustrated when you are ready to just get in the car and go but realise you can't see out of the windscreen. I think one of the most popular ways of getting rid of the mist on the windscreen is putting the heaters on and hoping it blows the mist off quickly, but it still takes some time. Using this demister pad is a quick way of getting rid of the mist by simply rubbing it over the windscreen, I tend to have my heaters on low when the windscreen is prone to misting up again quickly and it works really well.
The size of the pad means you can't rub the whole windscreen in one go, but it's still quick all the same. It does take a little bit of work, working the pad over the entire windscreen but it's worth the little bit of effort to shave time off waiting for it to demist with just using the heaters. I find that when I use the demister pad it leaves the windscreen mark free with no signs of the pad being worked across it and it leaves it spotlessly clean.
I'd definitely recommend this demister pad from Halfords. This is the second winter I've used mine and it's still in a brilliant condition with lots of winter's worth of life left in it yet. The price is good considering the amount of use you get out of it and the results are fantastic. It leaves the windscreen not only mist free but clean at the same time. I think it's an essential car product for the colder months.