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Make Swimming Goggles Anti-Fog

Ways to Make Your Swimming Goggles Stop Fogging Up

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Swimming goggles are an important part of your swimming gear. They protect your eyes from damage and help you see where you are going. But what if your swimming goggles fog up? You cannot see? How do you stop swimming goggle fogging? You could buy anti-fog swimming goggles that have a coating or are pre-treated with anti-fog, but those can be expensive, and the anti-fog swimming goggle treatment might not last as long as the goggles. What can you do to make your swimming goggles into anti-fog swimming goggles?

There are many commercial anti-fog sprays, liquids, towelettes available. Be sure you read the fine print, do not use an anti-fog treatment that is not made for swimming goggles. I have read, and have seen first-hand, what can happen if you use some anti-fog chemicals meant for something other than swimming goggles (like using SCUBA mask anti-fog on a swimming goggle). Sure, the goggles don't get foggy, but the swimmers' eyes can get damaged, not a good thing when there are other ways to anti-fog your goggles.

Here are a few of the many ideas that you could try to make your swim goggles anti-fog:

  • Saliva - Lick or spit in your goggles, rub around, and rinse.
  • Baby Shampoo - A drop of baby shampoo into your goggles, wipe it around and rinse or buff it out with a towel.
  • Shaving Cream - A drop of shaving cream, wipe it around and rinse or buff it out with a towel.
  • Toothpaste - A tiny dab of non-abrasive toothpaste, wipe it around and buff it out with a towel
  • Commercial Swimming Goggle Anti-Fog - made for swim goggles, use as directed on the label.
Try these methods to find the one that works best for you. Protect your eyes with swimming goggles, and keep those goggles useful with an anti-fog method.

Swim on!

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