Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How to clean your swim goggles

Goggles SAVED!! super happy about this, I almost had to go buy a new pair.

I do rinse 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.
No difference


Method 3:   Dishwashing Soap and baking soda: Nothing
No difference



Sucessful Method- VINEGAR!!

Method 4: Water and White 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!! 


So happy I don't have to buy a new pair of goggles. 


Look how clean they are!


Notice how you can see the scrubber now as opposed to the picture in Method 1! 

The magic formula..





46 comments:

  1. Do you have a magic solution to make your goggles NOT fog up while swimming? I've tried the commercial brand liquid stuff from the sporting goods store but it doesn't really work. I think I need to stop taking them on an off when I use the kickboard, perhaps. I will remember the vinegar thing if I get buildup, thanks!

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  2. Hi Jill,

    Yea foggy goggles are a pain. I don't have a 100% method yet, but I'll keep searching around for one.

    I've tried the TYR goggle spray, that works ok, not the best but its better than without, and many times I lick them, (yea I know it sounds gross) and that works equally as well as the TYR spray. (thats probably why mine get so cloudy so fast - lol!)

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    1. Try Quick Spit goggle fog remover. It works wonders!

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    2. Thanks for the tip! :) gonna check it out

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  3. If you apply the anti fog and then don't touch your lenses, the anti fog coating will last much longer. Also, using the brand of anti fog that aligns with the goggle can help a lot as well

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  4. Hye lily,

    I do have the same problem as yours. That cloudy thingy. And, im using an anti-fog goggles. After soaking it on the vinegar formula, does it somehow will effect the anti-fog layer of my goggles?

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  5. Hi Johnny,

    I'm not sure if the vinegar will remove the anti-fog coating.. But I do know there are some methods that do Use vinegar As an anti-fog coating.. so it might work for you..
    Anti-fog coating on goggles usually dont last forever and need to be re-coated again later, so it might just need a new coat if it does come off.

    If you're ready to toss out your old goggle to and its a last resort to save them, try it out and let us know if it works :-D


    Thanks!
    Lily

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  6. thank you so much, I will try vinegar... :)

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  7. AnonymousMay 18, 2013

    Hey Lily,
    I also had problems with my goggles, mildew developed at the joint of plastic and lenses and I used vinegar and a toothbrush. I was afraid it might hurt the goggles, but they are in tip top shiny shape!

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  8. Solve the foggy problem by buying anti fog.
    But! it will only last 3 hours and it will start to get foggy. I found the thing that prevents foggy goggles is the inner lens with some kind of lotion. So when you buy a pair of anti fog goggles, try to not let water get in to the inner lens too keep the lotion.

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    1. Thanks for the foggy lens tip.

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  9. AnonymousJune 16, 2013

    Im a competitive swimmer, and it's hard to have goggles lasting a while. Im a big fan of Speedo Fastskin3 Elite goggles. i wash mine everytime i get out of the water and and put them back in ther case. :D

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  10. AnonymousJuly 10, 2013

    i only recently bought my goggles, but they have quickly developed the white cloudy film you describe. i will try this as soon as i can get some white vinegar. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I hope it works for you :)

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  11. I tried the vinegar and water trick but does not work. Help!

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    1. Try warmer water, and more vinegar, maybe a 50/50 solution, soak for a few hours and see if that helps.

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  12. I used 200 ml of hot water and 200 ml of white vinegar and soaked the goggles for 3 hours but the only thing I got was a lighter wallet from buying the bottle of vinegar

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  13. Sorry it didn't work for you. White vinegar should be the cheapest kind of vinegar on the market, a 1L bottle should be ~$1.
    The goggles do get to a point in their life where they're beyond aid and need to be replaced. It could be the case for you. On the next pair try regular maintenance with soap and the vinegar solution and it should prolong the life of your goggles.

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    1. Ok thanks! Not too sure why it did not work. The goggles are less then 6 months old.

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  14. Thanks a lot man:) It absolutely works.. After applying vinegar and washing it, the smudge was not gone, I thought this is also one more futile attempt, but after wiping it with a cotton cloth by applying some pressure, smudge is gone. Thanks for the tip again.

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    1. Hi Dileep, Thanks I'm so glad it worked for you! Originally I thought it would be a futile attempt too, but I figured if I have to buy a new pair, might as well experiment with this one. :) hehe

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  15. do you have to scrub them or just simply rinse it off and that's it?

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    1. Hi, I didn't have to scrub them, when I lifted them out of the solution they were clean, but other readers mentioned they had to rub it a little bit to get the cloudy stuff off, but they did have successful results.

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  16. Many thanks - this was a good post

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    1. You're very welcome. thank you for stopping by. :)

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for reading.

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  18. It worked! Stumbled across your blog and attempted your suggestion. Thank you.

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  19. I did the vinegar wash as suggested. Strangely, the lens' became darker, almost like they were polarized. Any reason why this happened?
    They did clean up well, though. Thank you!

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  20. Goggles fog due to temperature difference between the goggle and the face or the anti-fog coating has gone due to mold. Always rinse & hang your goggles to dry after using. Buy a new pair - don't wait for 5 yrs! Fogging can occur if you generate a lot of body heat during your workout. 3 or 4 laps in and you are in a fog! Not much will help...imo. Swim shop Manager.

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  21. Thanks Lily, the vinegar soon worked really well. Soaked for 2 hrs. Tried all sorts before. You saved an expensive pair of goggles about to be binned.

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  22. AnonymousMay 25, 2015

    Hi, I came across this and have ordered some white vinegar to my shopping order to try tomorrow. My son has prescription goggles which cost £40 and have gone foggy so I shall be delighted if this works and will report back!

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  23. AnonymousMay 27, 2015

    Well I have come back with a sad heart to report it didn't work in our case :-(
    I tried twice the second time using 50:50 solution and warm water each time but no joy. Am going to stick to non prescription ones now! Thanks for posting though!

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  24. Run Lily one question. How do you dry your goggles after the process? I do not want to scratch the glass. Thank you !!

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  25. Run Lily one question. How do you dry your goggles after the process? I do not want to scratch the glass. Thank you !!

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    1. Hi, I normally just hang dry.
      Thanks

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  26. AnonymousJune 15, 2015

    Thanks!

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  27. Hi lily ,

    Did just soaked it or you rub it too? I tried this warm water and vinegar , but didn't work:( I just soaked it coz I was told at the store to never or avoid rubbing the goggles:(

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    1. Hi Maria,
      I only soaked them and it came out really good. Some readers didn't have success with the vinegar. :( sorry your might have fallen into that category too. I think the brand/type of goggles and maybe the location with different minerals and such in the water could be a big factor.
      Thanks

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  28. Hey, i don't have vinegar but i have apple-cidar vinegar will that work
    and wouldn't it have the strong vinegar smell ?

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  29. Hey, i don't have vinegar but i have apple-cidar vinegar will that work
    and wouldn't it have the strong vinegar smell ?

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  30. I agree with Anonymous, I gave up on vinegar.. "Quick Spit" (tm), works the best for getting ocean scum off the goggles (even though it is marketed as an anti fog product),

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