Foggy goggles is one of the most annoying things about swimming and there’s so many myths out there as to how to stop this from happening. You may well have heard of using saliva, buying special solutions or rinsing out in water and so many more
Temperature of your goggle lens is colder than the air that’s between your eye in your goggle basically moisture will form and then it condenses on the lens causing the fogging. Goggle manufacturers have addressed this with an anti fog system but it does run out after a while. Let’s see if any of these methods prevent that condensatio
KEEP GOGGLES DRY first up keeping them dry naturally a lot of goggles come ready coated in an anti-fog and we know it’s a bit of a luxury but for that reason we’ve actually opt for a brand new set of goggles, if they fit well there should not actually be any water going in while you’re swimming. Now goggles do come in a differing degree of anti-fog so do check that before you buy them. We have tried a brand new set of goggles and completely dry. As expected a brand new set of goggles were great, we’re not all in that position buying a new set of goggles all the time, they are quite costly so looking after them and keeping them dry is a really good option and will prolong that anti-fog life, but that is easier said than done. You really do need to look after them.
TOOTHPASTE is a little bit awkward but we’ve read rumors that it does work. The worst thing that can happen is that it will clean the goggles and at least they’ll be smelling nice. The lenses are really clear and You can see amazingly well. Keep in mind that any anti-fog that might have already been in your goggles the toothpaste will remove because it’s an abrasive medium.
DIPPING – A lot of people always put their goggles in the pool before putting them on a head. We think about why many do it so and we found out that it becomes a habit. Almost every swimmer picked it up as a child at swimming club and then it became a bit more of a superstition. Some have a bit of a panic if they couldn’t get goggles in the pool before race. Is this all in vain? It just helps seal googles better, but more than that it doesn’t really do very much because they’re going to get wet in the water anyway so we think it is pretty much a superstition.
SALIVA – luckily we don’t see too many swimmers spitting on poolside but are they missing a trick here it’s actually unfortunately a bit of a habit that can be easily fallen into. The idea is that you create a film on the lens that prevents the fogging and it’s actually something swimmers picked up from childhood. You can see swimmers spitting in their goggles so could we all learn something from them. For many it is pretty uncomfortable to spit into goggles. We are not sure there’s any polite way of doing it, what many are normally do is just lick the goggles and then dip them in the water and we have to say it works really well.
SOAP – the idea of this is that over time by using your goggles and touching your lenses you get grease onto the lenses which contributes to the fogginess that you experience so you can use any kind of soap. Use hand gel, shampoo, shower gel but probably baby shampoo is the best option for your eyes. Use a tiny bit of soap on each of the lenses, Rub it around and then rinse thoroughly. For how long it will last we are not sure. We won’t suggest doing this if you have fairly new goggles with Anti Fog in them already, because the shampoo or the shower gel will actually break down this anti-fog coating.
ANTI-FOG SOLUTION sounds the most logical, but you don’t see it that commonly with pro swimmers. So maybe that’s telling us something. Is it just a marketing ploy or if it really does work. This anti fog spray seems to do what it says, if you have not had anti-fog left in your goggles it replaces it temporarily. You do need to use it regularly and it’s another thing you’ve got to have in your kit bag.
FLAME it’s a little extreme we agree but apparently some divers use a flame to prevent fogging in their goggles. Just make sure you allow your goggles to cool down before you put them on your face. Of course be careful there’s any rubber on your goggles. This is what you call an old ladies tale – it doesn’t work!
FRESH WATER – rinsing your goggles in fresh water doesn’t sound like it’s going to do anything different to really dipping them in the pool. If you’re swimming in salty water you do need to clean them afterwards. If you are using them into the pool rinse them after as the chlorine will actually work away at the anti-fog so in the long term rinsing in fresh water will prolong the life of your goggles.
If you have any other proposal for how you keep your goggles from fogging share with us your experience.