Foggy Goggles?

Updated on June 16, 2010
J.M. asks from San Jose, CA
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How do I get my kids' swimming goggles to quit fogging up? Is there a permanent fix to this problem?

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E.M.

answers from Bakersfield on

I know it's been said, but I must reiterate: spit, spit, spit. It's the only thing that worked for me, it's free, and you'll never "forget" it at the house. =)
Happy Swimming!
-E. M

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D.P.

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It's gross, but spitting in them and coating them with spit is the only thing I've ever heard of.....

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B.M.

answers from Chicago on

They sell no-fog solution. you should be able to get it anywhere - but it will be cheaper at Target or Wal-mart.

You do want to use the toothpaste first - the grain rubs off a bit of the inside of the lens so the de-fogger works better.

You can also use spit- as suggested, but you will have to keep doing this if they are in the pool for a while - if they are in and out then spit will work fine (and be cheaper).

One note- you want to make sure that if you use the de-fog you use it the night before. Spray, rinse and then let dry. that way the chemical smell will be gone the next day!

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A.B.

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It's already been said, but my husband always tells me to spit in mine and rub it.

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D.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

It's gross, but spitting in them and coating them with spit is the only thing I've ever heard of.....

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E.M.

answers from Bakersfield on

I know it's been said, but I must reiterate: spit, spit, spit. It's the only thing that worked for me, it's free, and you'll never "forget" it at the house. =)
Happy Swimming!
-E. M

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C.C.

answers from Fresno on

After 15 years of competitive swimming as a kid, I can tell you that Denise's suggestion works. Spit in them (or lick them if spitting is just too gross =). I have no idea why it works, but it does. Also if your kids are on swim team (spending a lot of time wearing goggles), I found that wearing the smaller goggles with no padding around the eye sockets actually worked a lot better than the bigger kind with tons of padding. I know they look painful but they're really not. Hope that helps! =)

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C.S.

answers from New York on

Sounds strange, but I've used shaving cream successfully. I just wipe shaving cream on them and wipe it off.

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G.M.

answers from Modesto on

we used to rub a cut potato on our goggles, worked great.

N.P.

answers from San Francisco on

When we were kids we'd spit on them and rub it around. Worked like a charm.

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R.J.

answers from Seattle on

Lick them. (Diver's trick). Saliva dries clear, and will keep them from fogging for a time. Then, when they start fogging up again, just lick them again.

Also, speedo kid's goggled with rubber along the edge (not foam), and swedish goggles work the best to keep out fog.

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S.K.

answers from Sacramento on

I've been swimming my whole life, was on swim team from the time I was 5 until I graduated high school, and I have never found a way to keep my goggles from fogging! I have noticed that the better quality the goggles are, the less they fog, but they all eventually fog up. However, I've never noticed that it's really hindered my ability to actually see underwater.

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S.G.

answers from Albuquerque on

I'm not sure if this is a permanent fix but I just read this tid bit in Real Simple (6 new uses for toothpaste). It says "coat each lens inside and out with nongel toohtpate and rinse. The paste helps prevent haziness."

M.P.

answers from Sacramento on

I agree with the other moms, spit in them and then rub it around. I worked in a scuba shop and we sold expensive defoggers and none of them worked quite as well for some reason! =)

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D.R.

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I think when I used to swim on a team, we'd just get our goggles wet before putting them on. If that doesn't work, the dive master that scuba certified my husband and I suggested spraying diluted baby shampoo on the inside of our masks a few minutes before going in the water. Then rinse off the shampoo (by just dunking it in the water a couple times) before putting it on. It's worked well for us. Baby shampoo smells nice and is formulated to be gentle in the event any gets in your eye. It's also cheaper than special defog spray. We also do the toothpaste thing once when the mask is brand new.

N.F.

answers from Seattle on

Get them wet before they put them on. Have them splash cool water on their face first also. They fog up from the moisture created in the small space between the goggles and eyes because of body heat. I haven't heard of a permanent fix, but this is the easiest solution that has worked for me for many many years.

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L.K.

answers from San Francisco on

They sell a spritzer spray at shops that handle scuba diving gear--there is one in San Carlos. It has a defogging formula for scuba masks. But for a quick and dirty solution (and cheaper) I have another suggestion. This is going to sound gross, but it works. When I was a competitive swimmer we just spit in our goggles and spread the spit around the inside lenses with our finger. Perhaps that sounds too germy to teach your kids, but frankly with all the chlorine in the pool water I doubt it's an issue. Anyway, I did it for 10 years with no ill effects.

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S.H.

answers from San Antonio on

I scuba dive and -- this is going to be gross-- my dive instructors all advised that mucus is the way to go for prolonged fog-free-ness. When you're 40 feet below the surface, you do it, but if you're right at the top, I'd as soon just start with spit and see if that works. No-fog solution I've never heard of, but it would be my favorite of the three!

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