How to Clean Snorkel Gear

How to Clean Snorkel Gear
Snorkel gear needs to be cleaned regularly to avoid grit, grime and damage from saltwater build-up. Rinse your gear in fresh water after every use. For a more thorough cleaning, use mild dish detergent, toothpaste or Listerine for various gear. Dry and store your gear in a dry, cool and dark place to keep it well preserved and ready to go.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water Bucket Cotton swabs Toothpaste Listerine Dish detergent Cloth
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Cotton swabs
  • Toothpaste
  • Listerine
  • Dish detergent
  • Cloth
Step 1
Shake out any salt and sand deposits in your snorkel gear and remove anything left behind with your fingers. More stubborn spots can be removed with a cotton swab and a little dish detergent and water.
Step 2
Wipe out the mask with a damp cloth and squirt of mild dish detergent. Look for any sand and salt deposits wedged in any crevices or folds in your gear.
Step 3
Rinse out the snorkel with warm water and dish detergent and rinse until the water runs clean.
Step 4
Fill a bucket with warm water and dish detergent and submerge your fins. Rinse clean with cold water and reach inside to feel around for any leftover debris.
Step 5
Smear some toothpaste, not gel, over both sides of your mask and the strap. Let sit for a half an hour before rinsing clean and drying. The toothpaste helps remove any oily film or residue on the mask. Use it every few weeks, or whenever you notice a film starting to grow.
Step 6
Submerge your wetsuit and gloves in a bucket with water and a shot of Listerine. Rinse and hang to dry.
Step 7
Rinse off any underwater cameras or equipment in fresh water and dry completely. Avoid high water pressure and remove any salt or sand grit with a cotton swab.

Tips & Warnings

 
Hang your snorkel gear in a dry, cool place and do not leave in the sun or in the heat.

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