How to Clean Snorkel Mask with Toothpaste

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Diving into the deep seas is a thrilling experience, but what if your diving mask has become foggy? This may ruin your whole experience. You cannot see anything through a fogged mask.

Fear not! There is an easy way to fix this problem, and it can be done in just a few minutes.

You will learn how to clean a snorkel mask with toothpaste in this article. I’ll also provide a few snorkel mask maintenance tips so that you can enjoy your time spent underwater without any worries about vision impairment or lack of visibility during dives.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Soft cloth
  • A soft sponge to scrub the lenses
  • Water


  1. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to your mask, along with a bit of water. Just like when you brush your teeth, the toothpaste will help dislodge any dirt and grime that’s found its way under the skirt or onto the lenses of your mask. You’ll notice instant results as the cleaning power of the toothpaste kicks in.
  2. Using a sponge, gently scrub the rest of the mask until it is clean throughout. Be sure to get into any corners or crevices where debris may have collected over time.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with clean water until all traces of residue from the toothpaste are removed from your mask.
  4. Use a soft cloth to wipe the lens. Dry off by placing outside in a safe place away from prying paws and sticky fingers for about an hour or so—this will give plenty of time for it to air dry completely so that no moisture remains inside either lens, ensuring better visibility.

Snorkel Mask Maintenance Tips

Keeping your snorkel mask in good shape can help it last longer. Here are some snorkel mask maintenance tips to keep in mind:

  • Always check for sand, stone, or other small debris after every use. Small debris can cause scratches.
  • Use a snorkel mask cover to protect your gear when not in use. This will help prevent dirt buildup so you won’t have to clean it as often. A gear bag works well too!
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. The heat can damage parts of your snorkel mask.

How Often Should You Clean Your Snorkel Mask?

After using your snorkel mask, you probably want to pack it away for the next dive. Well, you shouldn’t unless you have cleaned it thoroughly. This is because some of the saltwater and sand might remain at the edges.

The most important thing is to soak or rinse out your mask immediately after every use.

When rinsing your snorkel mask, ensure that all parts are immersed in fresh running water including those parts made from silicone rubber-like straps. Some of these rubbers tend to wear down with time due to frequent exposure to sun rays and salty water.

Therefore if they are not kept clean after each use; they may get torn easily when being fitted around someone’s head before going out on another adventure!

If left uncleaned they could also attract mold growth between their folds – so avoid this by keeping them clean after every use.


Whether you are a novice to snorkeling or an experienced diver, it is important to clean your snorkel mask.

You mustn’t get harmful elements on the inside of the mask because it could cause harm to your eyes.

Cleaning with toothpaste is easy and much cheaper than buying expensive cleaners. You want to make sure that you use white paste, not gel, and avoid those with whitening agents in them.

If you want to learn more DIY methods, read my article on how to deep clean water bottles with baking soda.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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