One of the problems that divers encounter during a dive is a fogging mask. A foggy mask destroys your view of fish and corals and prevents communication between divers thus ruining your entire dive. It is extremely dangerous.
New best scuba mask and some used scuba mask have residue left over from manufacturing process on the lens. The mask will constantly fog up no matter how much defogging agent you use unless coating isn’t removed from the inside of the lens. Agents that combat condensation from happening to the inside of the mask’s glass will keep the mask from fogging and here are some cheapest ways:
1. Flame Trick
Blacken the glass by running the tip of a flame over the inside of the lens – a candle or lighter works well for this trick. The flame will burn the fog-creating residue off. Once the inside of the mask lens is totally black, wait for the mask to cool down and wipe it away with a soft cloth. Repeat this until it is difficult to get the glass turn black. Do not attempt this trick on masks with plastic.
2. Toothpaste Trick
Squirt toothpaste on the insides of the lens and rub it around with your finger or a soft cloth. The simpler the toothpaste, the better. For best results, leave the toothpaste in the mask overnight or scrub the mask several times to allow chemicals to react. If a diver is highly sensitive to minty fragrances, the air inside the mask might burn his eyes or cheeks during the dive.
Spit on the inside of the mask and rub it around with your finger. Spitting does not work well if the mask dries out before diving so it’s advised to do this immediately before diving. After spitting on it, dunk the mask briefly in fresh water. The goal here is to leave a thin layer of saliva on the inside of the glass of your best scuba mask.
4. Baby Shampoo
Many divers carry a bottle of watered-down baby shampoo with them. Baby shampoo is preferable than standard shampoo as it is generally hypo-allergenic, biodegradable and less irritating to eyes. Just apply a few drops, rub into the lens and briefly rinse out.
5. Glycerin soaps and Dishwashing Detergents
Put a few drops, rub inside of the mask and rinse briefly. If a mask leaks, the water will carry whatever defogging agent is used into the diver’s eyes. One disadvantage of these agents is that they burn the eyes. Some glycerin soap and dishwashing detergents are not biodegradable. To help conserve our waters, be sure not to dump any non-biodegradable defogging agents.
This method is a bit of a diving urban legend but feel free to test it out. The next time, there is a potato with a best dive knife handy before the dive. Cut potato and rub it on the inside of the mask lens of your best scuba mask. Rinse briefly and dive.
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