How to Stop Your Swim Goggles from Fogging Up

Michael Butler
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Stop rubbing the inside of your swim goggles with your fingers.

If you do a lot of swimming, no doubt you’ve experienced a pair of foggy goggles. Nothing can ruin a swim workout like foggy goggles.

Why do swim goggles fog up?

There are a lot of different reasons, ranging from facial hair, to staying too long in chlorinated water. But the most common reason is bad hygiene.

Your natural oils from your skin will gather in the inside of your swim goggles and turn white once the chlorine (in the water) reacts with the oils and accumulates. So what you want to do is wipe those oils off the lens, so they do not become airborne.

Do not rub the lenses back and forth. This will only spread the oils around. What you want to do instead is to lightly wipe out the inside of the lens with a smudge-free towel. And remember, you only want to clean the inside of the lenses, and make sure you avoid touching the outer portion where the lens and plastic meet.

Even if your goggles are fog-free today, it’s a good practice to wipe them down after each use. In addition to preventing fog, you’ll also be extending the life of your goggles.

Use an anti-fog spray.

The most common solutions are either a kind of petroleum jelly or an anti-fog spray. You will find that many of the more expensive swim goggles come with a spray attached to the side, which is convenient for anyone who swims often and needs their goggles to be fog-free on a regular basis. Some people have reported success with the standard Vaseline, which can be taken from home or any pharmacy.

Another option is a rapid-drying lotion bar, which comes in the form of a bar that reacts in the same way as a dryer sheet to remove any moisture on contact. The only catch is that you’ll have to stop and pat your goggles dry with toilet paper instead of rinsing them off in the pool.

Lick or spit on the inside of your goggles.

After thoroughly drying your goggles, just lick the inside or spit on it. You can also rub saliva on the inside of your goggles with a wet sponge. The saliva works like a sponge to soak up excess moisture.

When you wear goggles in a pool for a long time, the sweat and water can get trapped behind the lens. When you try to drink while swimming, the water will get pushed through, but the salt and minerals will remain. This creates a bad taste in your mouth. Your instinctive reaction is to keep the liquid in your mouth. As a result, it gets splashed back into the goggles. This will cause them to fog up. The best way to avoid this is to fill your mouth with air if you need to drink during a workout.

In addition, it is recommended that you use goggles for multipurpose use. If you are planning to use them for swimming, you should use a different pair for practices such as batting and for cheering.

If you want to use your goggles for a variety of activities, you should also buy a swim cap. These caps can be worn with goggles and will prevent the sweat from seeping into the goggles. Moreover, you should always have a few replacement goggles.

Alternatively, you can try these simple tips for how to avoid your swim goggles from fogging up:Try spritzing the inside of the goggles with a few squirts of a defogging solution before your head into the water.