The Only Swim Goggle Defogger You’ll Ever Need

Here’s a neat trick that we learned last year. Dave got a tip at a dive shop about how some divers use baby shampoo to keep their masks from fogging up. So we did some experimenting, and here’s my solution.

First, all you need are 1) baby shampoo, 2) tap water, and 3) a mini spray bottle that you can get at most drug stores:

What I do first is remove the spray nozzle unit and dip the plastic stem into the baby shampoo so it gets a very light coating:

I then fill the spray bottle about 7/8 full of tap water, leaving a bit of room at the top:

Finally, I place the shampoo-coated stem into the water-filled bottle and screw on the cap:

Whenever I need an instant defogging solution, all I have to do is shake up the bottle and apply a few sprays to each lens:

I keep the mixture dilute enough so I don’t have to rinse out my goggles or mask before putting them on. But feel free to do so if you just want a very light coating of the mixture.

The great thing about using baby shampoo is that it works unbelievably well as a defogger. Also, it’s specifically designed not to irritate your eyes (i.e. “no more tears’).

So give it a shot the next time you suit up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more effective it is than the much pricier defoggers at the sports stores. And the nice aroma also makes for a much more blissful swim experience!

5 Comments

  1. Sandy Shaw
    June 14, 2013

    I have tried lots of anti fog solutions, this with the baby shampoo works best and is the cheapest.
    Thanks for the hint.

  2. diver dave
    March 9, 2010

    re: beltstars
    perhaps if you floss and brush really well, otherwise you can infect your goggles with all sorts of nasty things that your eyes might not enjoy !
    the baby shampoo helps to keep your eye ware clean after swimming in pool water or the lake.
    when i use it in my mask it is amazing how soft it makes the skin on my face ….
    no matter how hot or cold it is swimming in the lake or the indoor pool i never have a problem with fog, unless i forget to use it !

  3. Beltstars
    March 9, 2010

    How about good old spit. A little in each eye piece seems to work for me. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes.

    • srhernan
      March 9, 2010

      I’ve tried spit, but it unfortunately doesn’t last very long in my experience.

  4. diver dave
    March 9, 2010

    YOU FORGOT TO ADD THAT SOME OF THE “ANTI FOG” MADE FOR MASKS AND GOGGLES HAVE WRITTEN IN THEIR DIRECTIONS…DO NOT ALLOW IT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR EYES OR SKIN !

    WHEN YOU PURCHASE SWIM GOGGLES BE SURE TO READ THE DIRECTIONS THAT COME WITH THEM.IN THE FINE PRINT IT SAYS NEVER TO TOUCH OR WIPE THE GOGGLES ! IF YOU DO IT WILL REMOVE THE ANTI FOG FEATURE AND OR SCRACH THE LENS.. AFTER YEARS OF BUYING GOGGLES AND TRYING TO PUT UP WITH THEM FOGGING .SCRACHED LENS AND FILLING UP WITH WATER… I DECIDED TO SWIM WITH MY SCUBA DIVEING MASK. IT NOT ONLY GIVES ME A MUCH BETTER VIEW OF WHERE I AM GOING, BUT I HAVE EASILY SAVED A LOT OF MONEY OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS WITH NOT NEEDING TO BUY 3 OR 4 GOGGLES PER YEAR.


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