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How to Clean Swim Goggles

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author image Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. A retired personal trainer, former math tutor, avid outdoorswoman and experience traveler, Mulrooney also runs a small side business creating custom crafts. She's published thousands of articles in print and online, helping readers do everything from perfecting their pushups to learning new languages.
How to Clean Swim Goggles
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There’s no specific cleaner for swim goggle lenses--in fact, the lenses aren’t meant to be touched at all, so your best way of keeping goggles clean is careful use and care. Never touch the goggle lenses with your fingers as this may leave behind debris or oil from your skin. Always rinse your goggles after use; this helps remove chlorine and other pool chemicals that may damage your goggles over time, and is also the only regular cleaning procedure recommended.

Step 1

How to Clean Swim Goggles
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Rinse the swimming goggles--inside and outside of the lenses, eye cups, straps and all--in cool, clear running water. Tap water is fine unless it’s highly chlorinated. If you don’t have access to clear running water, dip the goggles in a container of cool, clear water several times to rinse them.

Step 2

How to Clean Swim Goggles
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Moisten your fingers in soapy water--dish soap works fine--and rub the goggle straps as needed to clean them, being very careful to keep the soapy water from coming into contact with the goggle lenses or eye cups. On some, but not all swimming goggles, you will be able to remove the straps to make this process easier.

Step 3

How to Clean Swim Goggles
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Rinse the goggle straps thoroughly again to remove any traces of soap. Keep the goggle straps below the goggle eye cups at all times as you do this to help prevent the lenses or eye cups coming into contact with the soap. If you do get soap on the eye cups, rinse them thoroughly as well.

Step 4

How to Clean Swim Goggles
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Hang the goggles on a hook until completely dry, in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.

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