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What is the best way to clean your mask and snorkel after a trip in saltwater?

Just got back from a snorkeling trip in the sea and have rinsed the mask and snorkel with fresh water, but is there and soap or anything I should use to clean it better? Want to have this set for a long time in great shape!

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No need to use soap or fancy cleaners for snorkel or dive gear. The important thing is just to get the salt off, and plain old fresh water will do the trick. The best way to clean your gear, is to fill a bucket or a tub with warm water, and then dunk your gear several times to rinse it out thoroughly. In some cases I like to swish it around underwater, and maybe rub the rubber parts to ensure a thorough rinsing. After that, let it drip dry and store it in a cool, dry, *dark* place. Salt and sunlight are the two things that'll kill your gear in no time at all, keep it safe from that and it should provide good use for a long time.

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