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Foggy Goggles Be Gone!

While I love swimming for exercise, I hate foggy goggles. I don't know about you but I like to see where I am going. Why do they fog over so much? Well, just like a cold beer can sweats on the outside in warmer weather, the inside of your goggles sweat because the outside water is colder.

Unless you are swimming in water that is 98.6 degrees, you are going to have to deal with the fogging over of your goggles. Here are a few ways to deal with the inevitable.

  • Easy, convenient and a little gross, a little spit in your goggles can go a long way toward fighting off the fog. Technically speaking, saliva decreases the surface tension on the inside of your goggles so they don't fog but rather form water droplets that slide to the bottom of the goggles.
  • Use anti-fog spray. TRY makes an anti-fog spray that you can buy for about $3. Look for it at your local swim shop, or sporting goods store.
  • Rub the inside of your goggles with liquid dish detergent or baby shampoo and thoroughly rinse off.
  • You can always try goggles labeled "anti-fog." Unfortunately for me, they have never worked although other swimmers swear by them.

If you have a unique way of dealing with your foggy goggles, please share it in the comment section below.


sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 10 years
I use anti-fog goggles (Speedo Competition ones) and don't have much of a problem with them fogging. Another trick is to put a little bit of water in the goggles and it splashes up and keeps the lenses clear while you are swimming.
nikkih nikkih 10 years
I've always done the first one...I didn't even realize there were fancy alternatives!!!
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 10 years
*TYR I was on the swim team for 10 years. I have a pair of these but they are VERY particular. I keep them in a case and they have to be rinsed with tap water before and after use. Another tip: We used to turn them inside out in between swim sets. (We wore caps, so we would turn the goggles lens side against the cap)
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
yup, when i was on the swim team, we licked our goggles!
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
As a swimmer, the best thing for is the first advice...when you're about to swim a race, this is the best one and easiest!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
girlboy girlboy 10 years
ktacce ktacce 10 years
I need new goggles, ASAP - if anyone has any suggestions for brands or goggles I should try out PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE suggest them to me via message or guestbook! :)
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