7 Clever Ways to Keep Your Eyeglasses From Fogging (Even When Wearing a Face Mask!)

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Wearing a face mask has brought on so many new learning curves for everyone, but the struggle with fogging glasses is going to be a thing of the past. Now you can have anti-fog glasses every time you leave home!

While there are many anti-fog products on the market, we’re sharing whether these much more frugal approaches actually work to keep your glasses free from fogging.


1. Rub your glasses with shaving cream.

woman holding anti fog glasses shaving cream trick

If you hadn’t heard before, shaving cream not only reduces fogs on mirrors while you’re showering, but it’s also a great way to have anti-fog glasses! All you have to do is simply rub a small amount on your lenses and wipe off with a gentle cloth until clean.

After trying this myself, it really did work!

Even after an hour, I tested it again by placing my mask over a portion of my lens and did a few deep breaths. No fog to be found!

woman holding shaving cream in hand for anti fog glasses trick

Disclaimer: This anti-fog trick didn’t work for excessive heat, like sipping from a hot mug of coffee, but nonetheless, my mask troubles have vanished!

Keep in mind that if you’re testing this hack on a beloved pair of eyeglasses, we did hear rumors from some readers that it can ruin the coating on glasses.


2. Use scotch tape on your nose to mask the fog.

pink mask with scotch tape for anti fog glasses trick

Many people, including surgeons, swear by using tape to keep the hot air from escaping the top of their mask and fogging up their glasses. That said, I found Scotch tape to be totally ineffective.

It wasn’t comfortable on my skin, parts of it came off right after putting it on, it wasn’t pleasant to take off, and even ruined my undereye makeup. Plus, I have no idea what’s in the tape’s adhesive, yikes! 

woman wearing blue mask with eyeglasses and tape

That said, there are plenty of more suitable tapes you could try which, unfortunately, I didn’t have laying around to test out but all come highly recommended from many Hip readers!

You could consider using cosmetic tape which is easier on the skin, double-sided fashion tape for a more concealed anti-fog trick, surgical tape for obvious reasons, or even Cabeau Tape which is specifically made for anti-fog on glasses!


3. Make sure your mask is positioned properly.

woman wearing floral mask on face with eyeglasses

If you’re wearing a mask, make sure to have it tucked under your glass frames so they rest on the top of your mask. Then pinch the wire around your nose so that it fits snug against your nose and cheeks. Doing this will limit the fogging while breathing and will still keep your face mouth and nose protected.

As another tip, you could also twist the string around your ears so the air vents out and not up, but keep in mind, this may alter the effectiveness and safety of your mask. In that case, check out this helpful video on how to tie your mask while still keeping it sealed, and of course, getting rid of glass fog.

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4. Put a tissue in your mask to absorb the moisture.

hand holding a pink mask with tissue inside to keep from fogging

Rumor has it that folding a tissue lengthwise and laying it across the top of your mask and nose will catch hot air and moisture from escaping, therefore creating the perfect anti-fog glasses.

I actually don’t have tissues on hand (it’s one of the many things I’m opting not to buy in 2020), so instead, I tested this hack with some toilet paper. I figured it can’t be much different and toilet paper is pretty absorbent too. Low and behold… it actually works!

So not only can you use a tissue, but if you don’t have any on hand, reach for some toilet paper. Keep in mind, the soft ply will be your best bet. 😉


5. Wash with soap and water, then air dry.

hand holding eyeglasses with soap suds

One anti-fog trick and something everyone likely has laying around (or so I hope)… some soap and water! If you didn’t already know, immediately before wearing a mask, you can wash your glasses with soapy water and let air dry or gently rub the lenses dry and you’ll be good to go for about an hour! Plus, your glasses will be fresh and clean so it’s a win, win!

Opt for warmer water so they dry more quickly or are easier to wipe clean. However, hot water can make your lenses crack or bubble. As you probably already know too, any material used for drying glass lenses should be soft, clean, and lens-friendly to prevent any scratching – a microfiber cloth is your best bet.

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6. Use hand sanitizing wipes at the grocery store.

hand putting a blue cart wipe from red box

While this would be a super convenient hack since most people are heading straight for the grocery store with a mask on, it’s actually not going to be a promising anti-fog hack for your glasses.

According to many sites upon researching this reader tip, you cannot safely use any products with high concentrations of acid to clean your glasses. Doing this will ruin the surface of the lens and can also ruin blue light lenses.

Unless you know that the ingredients in said grocery cart wipes are lens safe, let’s save them for the carts. The good news… if this is the only way you hoped to keep your glasses from fogging, you can just stay home and order from one of the best grocery delivery services instead.


7. If all else fails… these “clever” anti-fog tricks from readers are sure to work.

woman in red shirt wearing a matching red face mask standing outside holding up a pair of sunglasses on her face

“Breathe in really hard right after you breathe out… it sometimes defogs your glasses for long enough that you can regain your sense of space. 😂


“I just put my glasses on top of my head… then I can’t see of course, but at least there’s no fogging. 😆


“Just get contacts!!!”

Of course, we’re just kidding, Hip Friends! However, I’m willing to bet these “tricks” work well too. 😏


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Comments 31

  1. CW

    That video was helpful as well as these tips. Thanks!

    • Sara

      You’re so welcome, CW!

  2. LG

    PLEASE do not try the shaving cream, hand soap or sanitizing wipe hack. I sell eyeglasses for a living and these things among others (Windex, Kleenex, Paper Towels, etc.) will ruin the lenses! One time may be ok, but over time you will not be happy with what these chemicals will do to your lenses! A lens is basically a polymer, unless you select glass (which very few people do), so every chemical you put on it has a chance of reacting with your coatings. If you do want to use soap, the only ‘safe’ soap is the original blue Dawn dish soap. Other soap’s fragrances and particles can scratch the heck out of your lenses. There is an anti-fog spray for lenses that has been developed. I find the most effective hack is #3. ☺️

    • Bex

      I agree.

    • Sara

      Thanks for your great feedback, LG!

  3. Jane

    Criss cross the loops that go over your ears. It redirects the air flow to the sides of the mask instead of directly up.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for that tip, Jane! I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Jane

      Seriously? Maybe mathteacher needs to go back to school. It doesn’t cut off your air supply. It simply redirects the air. 🙄

      • Mathteacher

        Math teacher isn’t wearing one 🤣
        But you might have yours too tight.
        But go ahead and keep your face all covered, it’s for the best.
        I like clean air, thanks

    • Sara

      Thanks for sharing, Jane!

    • Angelique

      This one really works! Thanks!

  4. Jackie

    I have been doing the tissue paper (Kleenex or TP) and the glasses over the mask. Those two are the only ones that actually work for me 🤓

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Glad that has worked so well for you, Jackie!

    • Sara

      Glad you found something that works, Jackie!

  5. caroline-2

    My local doctors office swears by taking a bar soap with no water and rubbing the inside lenses and then wiping clean.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh interesting! Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Sara

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Susan Kent

    My eye doctor told me about Dawn dish washing liquid…apply a thin layer and wipe off with a soft cloth until gone. Do not rinse with water. This has worked for my kids who wear glasses.

    • Sara

      Thanks for your feedback, Susan!

  7. Jim Murray

    Lol at the “Just get contacts!!!” comment at the end. Oh sure, no problem….There’s not usually a financial or eye health reason existing that stops people from getting them. Dear commenter, you gonna pay for them for me/us/others!?! 😂😂😂
    Bothered in coach? “Just buy first class!!!”
    Meat too tough? “Just buy filet!!!”

    • lateephabisidurosinmi-0

      Lol

    • Sara

      Lol, I’m glad you understood the humor, Jim! 😅

  8. chesca

    With all due respect I have to say this is the worst ‘filler’ post I’ve seen on here. I have prescription glasses that are much too pricey to smear shaving cream all over, who’s putting tape on their faces?? & and yes, I have a serious eye condition so contacts are out. It would have been easier and more lucritive for you to post the actual masks they sell specifically for people with glasses.

    • Sara

      Hey there! I’m sorry you found this post not helpful. We did have a lot of readers asking how to keep glasses from fogging and with lots of reader feedback we felt these were the best techniques to share so we could try and help people. That said if you have some masks specifically for glasses can you please share them with us? Thanks, Chesca!

  9. Teah

    for those who wear a mask all day: to keep your mask so its not all hot and stinky suck on wintergreen lifesavers or peppermints or chew gum. A few drops of essential oil, such as peppermint, on your mask also really helps. These wont do anything to stop them from fogging but thought it was a helpful tip!

    • Sara

      Thanks for sharing!

  10. Evie

    I have noticed wearing a mask seems to make seasonal allergies worse! Some tell me allergies are just very bad this year.
    A pity as I enjoy wearing a mask with dark sunglasses. No more fake smiling or worries about mascara. Heck, I do not even brush my hair most days. I wear the top elastic band over my hair. More comfortable!
    Also keeps pesky people away. Though someone gave me an opinion and I retorted back. They backed off and said they were “social distancing for their mom.” Tooo funny as they walked up to me uninvited!

    • Alm

      Lol, me too
      Like people with their masks snuggly fitted to their faces.
      I’m still struggling with the fact that all the masks tell you that they don’t protect you from Covid.

    • Sara

      That’s interesting you mention the allergies, Evie, because I too have been feeling extra sneezy! Thanks for your feedback!

  11. Isabel

    I bought some stick-on nose wires and I use that to make sure hot air doesn’t escape from my mask to fog up my glasses. It’s the only thing that works for me.

    • Sara

      Glad you found something, Isabel!

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