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Have you ever gone swimming at a pool or in an ocean and found that your goggles fog up after two minutes? You can either ignore it and swim with foggy goggles (and run into things), or you could rinse them off continuously with the pool water…which can burn your eyes.
Another option is to buy expensive anti-fog spray from swimwear stores. However, I find that when applied, the lenses are still a bit cloudy from the solution, and sometimes if your goggles are a bit loose and you get a bit of water into the goggles, the mixture burns your eyes significantly worse than the chlorinated pool water itself. Furthermore, after a while, the chemicals eat away at the plastic and you can end up with permanent foggy lenses anyway. Besides, if these anti-fog sprays can be so harmful to the goggles, wouldn’t it be unsafe to have so close to your eyes?
I’ve heard that methods such as smearing toothpaste on or even spitting into your goggles can produce anti-fog relief. Personally, I find that my goggles get really cloudy with the toothpaste option, and the spitting option is….just not so hygienic.
What I found that works best is regular, non-antibacterial, hand soap.
Right before swimming, put a little bit of soap from the soap dispensers onto your fingertips, then gently rub it on the inner surfaces of your goggle lenses, including the sides. There is no need for a thick coat, just as long as the whole area has been covered with the soap, it should be ok. You’re probably wondering, “wouldn’t this be as stingy and cloudy as any other method?” Well fortunately, the last part of this method involves rinsing everything off!
I am a frequent swimmer and I have been using this method for over five years now.
You can save the cost of buying anti-fogs, reduce the spread of chemicals into the environment, and have yourself a fog-free and frutration-free swim!