Homemade Snowboard Defog

by Justin Melick
Many sports utilize goggles for safety reasons.

Many sports utilize goggles for safety reasons.

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Most people are content to enjoy the beauty of snow from the comfort of their well-heated homes; others, however, find flying down snow-covered slopes on snowboards to be a thrill. Snowboarders wear goggles to protect their eyes from wind and falling snow as they speed downhill, but these goggles tend to fog up -- this can be a great annoyance as well as a hazard, as it is advantageous to be able to see the ground ahead when racing down a slope at 60 miles per hour. Defogging your goggles will keep them clear; a variety of household products work as defoggers.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste is effective not only for cleaning your mask but also for preventing fogging. Use only regular, non-gel toothpaste works for this purpose. Squirt a drop of toothpaste into the inside of the mask and scrub it into the glass in a circular motion. Clean the mask with warm water to remove any film from the toothpaste.

Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoo is soft and won't scratch your mask; it is also designed to be gentle, so unlike commercial, chemical-based defoggers, it will not burn your eyes. Rub a small amount of baby shampoo over the glass of the mask; then run water run over it to remove any excessive film. Glass forms condensation when exposed to sudden temperature changes, which accounts for the fogging; the baby shampoo prevents the condensation from sticking.

Conditioner

Hair conditioner is also known to work as a defogger. Conditioner has a number of ingredients including lubricants, moisturizers, oils, thermal protectors and preservatives that regular shampoo does not, and these help the conditioner to be an effective defogging agent. Spread a small amount of conditioner over your mask to prevent condensation; then, buff the glass with a soft rag until it becomes clear. A thin film will be left behind, which serves to repel the fog.

Defogging Fans and Heaters

Some snowboarders -- as well as participants in other mask-wearing sports such as paintball -- install extra equipment to their masks; these are often small, homemade fans or heaters. Such fans have small battery packs that mount to the side of the goggles with glue or a screw. The fans and heaters are then installed in the vents of the goggles and switched on for a short time when needed. These work much like the windshield defrost on automobiles; by changing the temperature of the glass they cause the condensation to evaporate.

About the Author

Justin Melick began writing in 2002 for the "Union Sentinel." His work has also appeared in the "Dawson Community News," the "Mountain Chronicle," on RisingHits.com, and in the "Gainesville Times" and the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution." Melick authored the book "American Moments: American Stories in Poetry and Prose." He has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Gainesville State College.

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