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How to Clean Ski Goggles in 8 Easy Steps

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Skiing can be fun, but there is plenty of equipment that you need to purchase and maintain. One of the most important pieces is ski goggles, which are used for visual purposes and a safe trip down the mountain. Improperly maintained goggles can lead to glare, distortion, and other problems. If you are unsure how to clean your ski goggles properly, keep reading as we provide you with a step-by-step guide that covers everything that you need to know. 

Before You Begin

Before you begin, we recommend getting your tools and supplies together. For this project, you only need a microfiber cleaning cloth to clean the lens. Most ski goggle manufacturers provide customers with a goggle bag constructed from microfiber cloth, and you can use that too. We also recommend using a lens cleaning solution for eyeglasses or goggles to help remove any smudges, dirt, and grime. Since most ski goggles use plastic lenses, ensure that your cleaning solution is compatible. To clean the foam pads on the ski goggles, you will need a small cup of warm water and dish soap.

Tools and Materials

  • Microfiber cloth or microfiber goggle bag
  • Compatible lens cleaning solution
  • Cup of warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid

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1. Create the Foam Cleaner

Place a drop of dishwashing liquid on each of the foam pieces.

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2. Clean the Foam

Dip your fingers into the water, and use them to start rubbing the water into the foam to create a lather on each piece.


3. Rinse the Foam

Rinse the lather from the foam with the remaining clean water.

4. Clean the inside of the Goggles

Add a few drops of lens cleaner to half the microfiber cleaning cloth, and start rubbing gently in a circular motion to remove dirt and grime.

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5. Dry and Polish the Inside

Once the lens cleaner removes the dirt and oils from the inside of the ski goggles, you can use the dry side of the microfiber cloth to wipe it dry and polish it. Rub gently in a circular motion so you don’t damage the lens or push it out of position.

6. Clean the Outside of the Ski Goggles

Now add a few more drops of cleaning solution to the microfiber cloth to clean the outside of the lens.

7. Dry and Polish the Outside of the Goggles

Dry and polish the outside of the ski goggles with the dry part of the microfiber cloth.

8. Check the Lens

Once the surface is completely dry, look over the goggles inside and out to ensure that no dirt or smudges remain. Repeat any steps until the goggles are completely clean.

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Additional Tips for Cleaner Ski Goggles

  • Keep your ski goggles in the carrying case when not needed. It will help prevent dirt from getting on the lens, which might scratch it.
  • Keeping goggles on your head when not in use can lead to fogging due to escaping moisture.
  • Avoid lens cleaners that contain acetone, alcohol, vinegar, and ammonia, which can damage ski goggles.
  • Don’t use your ski goggles after cleaning until they are completely dry.
  • Do not try to remove scratches from the lens of ski goggles, as it can worsen the problem and further reduce vision.
  • Only wear your ski goggles when skiing to keep them in the best condition.
  • Adding a special solution can help protect your lens from scratches.
  • Keep your ski goggles out of direct sunlight.


Clean your ski goggles frequently to minimize the risk of an accident. Inspect them before and after each use, and remove any dirt or smudges. Make sure the cleaning cloth is clean and free of debris, and only use gentle pressure in a circular motion to prevent damage. Clean the foam pads if they start to smell bad or look dirty, and replace the goggles if there are any scratches or noticeable wear, as they are one of the most important pieces of equipment that you have.

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