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11-10-2010, 14:01   #1
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Anyone know the best way to stop swim goggles from fogging up ?
The ones I`ve got at the moment originally had an anti-fog coating but that has long since worn off.
I`ve tried an anti-fog spray, but, unless I`m using it incorrectly (and I`ve tried loads of different ways ! ) even that doesn`t seem that effective ?
Are goggles, at least in the anti-fog department, a consumable item, i.e. you`re expected to change them every 6 months ?

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11-10-2010, 14:05   #2
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I used to swim regularly and found that a little olive oil rubbed on, just with a tissue, stopped them fogging up.
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I used to swim regularly and found that a little olive oil rubbed on, just with a tissue, stopped them fogging up.
Should I clean them first ? I assume it must be applied to the goggles dry ?
How often does it need to be reapplied ?
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Yes, apply it dry. I re-applied every 2-3 swims.
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At the risk of sounding a bit disgusting, we used to spit in 'em on the inside and rub it round when we were kids. Always seemed to work.
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At the risk of sounding a bit disgusting, we used to spit in 'em on the inside and rub it round when we were kids. Always seemed to work.
I try that if I`m desperate, say my goggles steam up half way through the pool session, but I have to say it doesn`t work very well.
I tried the olive oil but the only way I could get that to actually act as anti fog there had to be so much on the goggle lens that I couldn`t see any more through it than if it had been fogged up !
I have concluded that the best treatment is Anti Fog spray, but despite trying to apply it in a number of different ways it doesn`t always seem to work, not for any length of time anyway.
So, unfortunately, the conclusion is get goggles with an anti fog coating. That works, but not forever. When it stops working then try anti fog spray, when that stops working buy some more goggles. Yes, the final conclusion is that, if you swim a lot and want anti fogging, goggles are a "consumable" item, only meant to last 6 to 12 months ? I`ve just ordered 3 more pairs of Diana Comet goggles (comfortable and don`t leak much) at 13 each....
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I try that if I`m desperate, say my goggles steam up half way through the pool session, but I have to say it doesn`t work very well.
I tried the olive oil but the only way I could get that to actually act as anti fog there had to be so much on the goggle lens that I couldn`t see any more through it than if it had been fogged up !
I have concluded that the best treatment is Anti Fog spray, but despite trying to apply it in a number of different ways it doesn`t always seem to work, not for any length of time anyway.
So, unfortunately, the conclusion is get goggles with an anti fog coating. That works, but not forever. When it stops working then try anti fog spray, when that stops working buy some more goggles. Yes, the final conclusion is that, if you swim a lot and want anti fogging, goggles are a "consumable" item, only meant to last 6 to 12 months ? I`ve just ordered 3 more pairs of Diana Comet goggles (comfortable and don`t leak much) at 13 each....
The good news is that Diana Comet goggles are comfortable, and they don`t leak much, not for me anyway.
Unfortunately the bad news is that the nose pieces break regularly, so I`ve now got 3 or 4 pairs of 15 goggles which are scrap because of a 20p bit of plastic.......
I`ve been onto the Proswimwear where I bought them and Diana the manufacturers but neither are interested in helping me get some spare nose pieces, t*****s.
Now I know what you`re thinking, why would you think they`d be interested in messing about supplying you with spares ? Well we do it for our customers, so why shouldn`t I expect the same level of service in return ? ! ? Do you ever get the feeling life`s unfair........
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I try that if I`m desperate, say my goggles steam up half way through the pool session, but I have to say it doesn`t work very well.
I tried the olive oil but the only way I could get that to actually act as anti fog there had to be so much on the goggle lens that I couldn`t see any more through it than if it had been fogged up !

I have concluded that the best treatment is Anti Fog spray, but despite trying to apply it in a number of different ways it doesn`t always seem to work, not for any length of time anyway.
So, unfortunately, the conclusion is get goggles with an anti fog coating. That works, but not forever. When it stops working then try anti fog spray, when that stops working buy some more goggles. Yes, the final conclusion is that, if you swim a lot and want anti fogging, goggles are a "consumable" item, only meant to last 6 to 12 months ? I`ve just ordered 3 more pairs of Diana Comet goggles (comfortable and don`t leak much) at 13 each....
Gargle with olive oil then spit in them.
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My son regularly competes in Triathlons and he uses spit on his goggles and so do I when swimming, it brings the goggles up to your body temperature
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If you spit in your goggles, do not rub it around with your finger as that causes scratches inside.
A diver told me a tip which they used to keep diving masks from fogging, and that is to rub some toothpaste on the inside, apparently it has the same chemical as the expensive anti fog spray.
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Thanks for all your tips chaps. I have found that anti fog spry works with some goggles but not others for some reason. I`ve tried most of them but have reluctantly concluded that buying decent anti fog goggles and changing them when the coating loses its effectiveness is the only way......
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If you spit in your goggles, do not rub it around with your finger as that causes scratches inside.


Does your spit regularly include abrasive materials/particles?
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A diver told me a tip which they used to keep diving masks from fogging, and that is to rub some toothpaste on the inside, apparently it has the same chemical as the expensive anti fog spray.
Old and well-known tip, works perfectly (for glass scuba masks though...dunno about plastic swimming goggles).
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Does your spit regularly include abrasive materials/particles?
Old and well-known tip, works perfectly (for glass scuba masks though...dunno about plastic swimming goggles).
Surely the toothpaste would scratch the goggles. Even if it did stop fogging wouldn`t you just end up with googles which were so scratched it`d obscure vision anyway ? And wouldn`t the toothpaste itself obscure vison ! ? ! Or are you supposed to polish it off ?
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Surely the toothpaste would scratch the goggles. Even if it did stop fogging wouldn`t you just end up with googles which were so scratched it`d obscure vision anyway ?
Whereby my query: "(for glass scuba masks though...dunno about plastic swimming goggles)"
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And wouldn`t the toothpaste itself obscure vison ! ? ! Or are you supposed to polish it off ?
On scuba masks, just rinse it off (with tap or sea water).

The 2 alternatives are (again, scuba masks):
(i) for new masks, run a flame (butane lighter) over the inside surface (burns off residue protecting compounds applied to mask fresh from factory, which contribute the most to new-mask-fogging)
(ii) for ordinary use, spit/rub/rinse with seawater just before fitting & diving

I've never used toothpaste (no need) and use (ii) all the time and don't fog up, ever. But a friend of mine and buddy diver started using it last week, reported excellent result and no marking whatsoever after repeated use. I guess he fogs up all the time because he clears his mask through repeated nose puffs (more ambient CO2), rather than fill-from-top-and-clear (less ambient CO2).

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Right, I`ve been doing some research over the last few months........

As far as goggles with anti fog coatings, they don`t stay anti fog forever, and anti fog spray never worked on them for me.
The secret is to keep them clean.
Now this might sound obvious but I was trying harsher and harsher solvents to no avail before it came to me, it`s water soluble staining on those goggles (it must be, it was in the water) so just try washing up liquid. And hey presto, it works !
Use a bit of Fairy Liquid with some water (fairly concentrated) and something soft so as not to scratch the surface, I used wet toilet roll, and yes it doesn`t last long before disintegrating but that doesn`t really matter. Make sure you thoroughly rinse the goggles after cleaning them (use warm water) otherwise when you swim the goggles will still be fog free but the small amount of detergent left on them will sting your eyes ! I experimented with how long I could leave the goggles (once cleaned) before they start fogging up again, thus having to wash them again, and it`s about three swims for me, you might do better with different goggles !

As for goggles with no anti fog coating when I had some cheap Speedos I used to spray them with anti fog before each swim and dry it off again with toilet roll, from memory (it was years ago.......) that worked.
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