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Back to school for the 2020-2021 school year is looking a lot different than years in the past. Aside from the regular back to school items, pencil, paper, crayons, etc you’ll need to add a face mask. Since seeing the mouth of an SLP is pretty darn important, better make it a clear window mask.

The clear window, or smile masks, have been the new ‘it’ accessory for many, but with most new accessories there is a hitch. Right now, it’s fogging. I couldn’t say more than three words before the window on my masks fogged over and you couldn’t see my mouth at all ??‍♀️

A few search on Google and YouTube and a couple of test runs later I found a solution to my foggy frustrations…toothpaste!

There are other options I have seen: special sprays, bar soap, and Dawn dish liquid, but toothpaste is what I had on hand. It worked great!

Squeeze a small dallop on the inside of the clear window.

Rub it in and wipe it off with a paper towel. I know it seems counter productive to wipe off something you just rubbed on, but the point is to create a thin moisture barrier, not a coating.

That’s it, quick and easy. This will have to be repeated a few times a day, but if you have any small travel tubes of toothpaste you can pop them in a drawer at work and you’re set. Plus, your mask has a delightful minty scent ?


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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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  1. Just a word from someone in the trenches of ESY…toothpaste works…for about an hour 🙁 Then the inside of the mask gets all foggy and damp. I’m still looking for a good solution other than the FDA approved safenclear masks which don’t fog.

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