** fyi** For me, this was a last-ditch effrot to clean my goggles or buy a new pair, so I had nothing to lose and tried it all.
If you are at that point, this choice is up to you. I do not know much about goggles, coating, etc. Procede if you see fit. Thanks!**
I do rinse and clean my goggles after each use, (pool and ocean) but over time this opaque cloudy stuff covered up my lens and I tried many remedies which did Not work, except One, which was 100% Sucessful!
The cloudy film is buildup from all the stuff in the water when you swim. What it is exactly, I don't know, but I'm sure somewhere on Google will have the exact answer.
The Cloudy Goggles
Methods that Didn't Work:
Method 1: Baby shampoo/gentle shampoo, scrub with sponge and fingers. (Didn't Work)
I think this method works well for maintenance, to prevent the cloudy build up, but if the cloudy build up is already there, this didn't do anything at all
No difference - notice how you cant see the bottle scrubber thru the lens
Method 2: Toothpaste: I had high hopes, but this again didn't do anything at all.
Method 3: Dishwashing Soap and baking soda: Nothing
Successful Method- VINEGAR!!
I soaked my goggles in hot water, and added some vinegar to it, about 4 or 5 tablespoons and had it soak for about 2 hours. Online people mentioned 50/50 water and vinegar, but I used less and it worked AMAZINGLY!!
Step 1: Make a solution of Hot water + White Vinegar ( I used 4-5 tablespoons, but other people online used more, experiment and see what works for you)
Step 2: Soak the lens (I did 2 hours - experiment with the length of time for yours)
So happy I don't have to buy a new pair of goggles.
1: After rinsing, My goggles did not smell. But if your's do, I'm sure the smell will dissipate in time as vinegar usually does.
2: I do not know what this will do to goggle coatings, as mine did not have any.
3: I attempted these methods as a last ditch effort because I was already prepared to buy new goggles, and I had nothing to lose. Please proceed at your discretion.
Look how clean they are!
Notice how you can see the scrubber now as opposed to the picture in Method 1!
The magic formula..