How to Clean Swim Goggles

How to Clean Swim Goggles
Wearing swim goggles helps to make swimming a more pleasant experience because they protect your eyes from chemicals and materials that may be present in the water. As you use your swim goggles, salt water or chlorine will inevitably cover the goggles over time. It is important to remove these materials from your swim goggles because they will mar the surfaces of the goggles and cause them to wear out more quickly.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Swim goggles Clear tap water Hook (for hanging) White vinegar Medium-size bowl
  • Swim goggles
  • Clear tap water
  • Hook (for hanging)
  • White vinegar
  • Medium-size bowl
Step 1
Remove the goggles from your head immediately after you are finished swimming.
Step 2
Rinse the goggles under clear and cool plain tap water to remove as much chlorine or salt residue as possible. As you rinse the goggles, do not use your fingers to rub on the lenses of the goggles because this might scratch the lenses. Simply allow the water to run over every surface of the goggles, rinsing until the swim water residues are gone.
Step 3
Rub the goggle straps between your fingers to remove swim water residues from the straps. There is no concern about scratching the straps, so rubbing the straps between your fingers is fine.
Step 4
Hang the goggles on a hook to dry completely. Do not put wet goggles away in a case or bag because they could mildew if you store them this way. Allow the goggles to dry completely on the hook and then put them away in a protective case.
Step 5
Fill a medium-size bowl with one part warm water and one part white vinegar. Soak goggles in this mixture for one hour to remove any mildew stains or built-up swim water residues that can accumulate over time if you do not wash the goggles properly. Swish the goggles around in the water after the time elapses and rinse them with clear water. Hang the goggles to dry.

Tips & Warnings

 
There are chemical sprays available for reducing goggle fog; however, these sprays are not for cleaning goggles. The best way to maintain swim goggles is rinsing with plain water after every use.
 
There are chemical sprays available for reducing goggle fog; however, these sprays are not for cleaning goggles. The best way to maintain swim goggles is rinsing with plain water after every use.

Article Written By Kathryn Hatter

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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