How to Keep Swim Goggles From Fogging Up

How to Keep Swim Goggles From Fogging Up
Fogged up goggles are annoying and can impede your swim workout. With foggy goggles, you can't see the clock to time your intervals and it can be difficult to judge where the wall is for flip-turning. Keeping your swim goggles relatively fog-free is easy when you follow a few simple rules.


Difficulty: Easy

Take care of your new goggles

Things You’ll Need:
  • Goggles De-fogging solution
  • Goggles
  • De-fogging solution
Step 1
New goggles usually have an anti-fog coating on the inside of the lenses from the factory. Take care not to damage it and your goggles will stay fog-free longer. Do not rub, scratch or touch the insides of your goggles if you can help it.
Step 2
At the beginning of each swim, dunk your goggles in the pool and get them wet, inside and out. This will equalize the humidity and temperature inside and outside of your goggles, and help eliminate fogging.
Step 3
Rinse out your goggles after every swim with cool tap water. You need to rinse off the chlorine and other pool water chemicals from your goggles.

Defogging Older Goggles

Step 1
Start with clean dry goggles. Spray the defogging solution in each goggle socket and make sure that you have coated the entire surface.
Step 2
Allow the defogging solution to set for a few minutes so that you know the socket is well coated. Do not let the solution dry on the sockets, however.
Step 3
Rinse out the sockets with cool tap water and lay your goggles out to dry. The coating should last for a few swims, although results vary with individual goggles.

Tips & Warnings

Saliva can also be used to defog your goggles. Usually this is the best option mid-workout.
Some people use dishwashing soap instead of defogging solution. This can irritate eyes if it is not completely rinsed out.

Article Written By Tanya Wyr

Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

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