How To Remove Mold Or Algae From Diving Masks

Even though, mold getting into diving masks are very common; nothing is more annoying than that.

And if you don’t know how to manage this, you may end up having to buy a new dive mask every time you get a mold infestation.

If you use a lot of underwater gears, knowing how to DIYs and improvise can save a lot of money and time.

You will see that before you get to the end of this guide, you will learn how to remove mold and algae from your underwater gears especially your dive or snorkel masks with very basic items you may find in your home.

How to Remove Mold from Dive or Snorkel Masks

If you have mold infestation problem on your dive masks you will notice how disgusting it usually looks.

Sometimes, most people don’t know how to manage this, they may even go as far as investing in a new set of masks. Not that it is bad or anything to invest in a new dive mask once in a while.

If you learn these simple tips to take care of molds on some of your water gears you can save a lot money and at the same time save your favorite dive mask.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Into a bowl, big enough to contain your mask(s) pour in a half water and half white vinegar mix and soak your dive mask(s) in it for 30 minutes.

This will help loosen any hard particles on your dive mask(s).

Step 2: After 30 minutes, take an old toothbrush with soft bristles, regular detergent in warm water and gently scrub the moldy part of your dive mask making sure to avoid the lens (you will have to clean that part separately later).

Step 3: Rinse thoroughly with warm water and then dry with a clean and non-lint cloth or towel.

Step 4: Next, it’s time to clean the lens. On your finger tips or a small towel put a pea-sized of this non-minty toothpaste and gently rub on the lens of your mask till you are satisfied.

Read: How To Defog Snorkel Masks With Toothpaste

Step 5: After that rinse the whole mask including the lens with clean lukewarm water, dry thoroughly and then air-dry away from the sun.

What causes mold in dive or snorkel masks?

The major cause of molding in dive masks is moisture or humidity, and since a dive mask is almost always used inside the water, molds are bound to build up soon enough.

Another cause is how you store your dive masks after using, not leaving it out to dry properly before storage can also lead to mold build-up.


Having mold in your dive or snorkel masks can give it a disgusting look and feel.

The major cause of mold or algae in your water gears is usually humidity.

And if you follow the instructions in this guide you will be able to remove mold from your diving masks without having to buy a new mask all together.

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