Anyone with eyeglasses knows that they can require constant cleaning. Proper cleaning will ensure that your lenses are smudge-free. This is a guide about cleaning eyeglasses.
I've found that using round basket type coffee filters to clean my eyeglasses leaves them sparkling, and without any of the smudge or lint residue that comes from paper towels, tissues, or napkins. They can be used repeatedly, carried easily in your purse or pocket, and you can buy a pack of 100 in the dollar store. They'll last you forever, and your lenses will be bright.
By Sharon from New York, NY
It's better to use a cleaning fluid designed for eyeglasses, especially if the glasses have an anti-reflective coating. I bought a five dollar cleaning kit from Costco several years ago. The kit includes two refillable spray bottles of non-alcoholic cleaner (free to refill at Costco) and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Some optometry offices provide a free refillable spray bottle as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth with a new pair of glasses.
Your eye doctor will tell you that this practice will leave minute scratches on your lens. Please do not do it.
My eye doctor said to, of course, use eye glass cleaning kits. You can use plain water and white Bounty paper towels. The are not made with wood fibers that can scratch your glasses
To remove hairspray and greasy perspiration, I use rubbing alcohol. It cleans the lenses really well and it can be used on either plastic or glass lenses.
I've found that paper lens wipes don't have to be used only once. So I keep a small air tight "film can" in the box with the lens wipes. When I tear open a new one and use it to clean my eyeglass lens, I can then just wad it up and stuff it into the little film can.
My optician in Houston suggested that I use liquid hand soap to wash my eyeglasses. When I am preparing for a shower I use Softsoap for my glasses then leave them on the sink while I am showering.
I made the mistake of using an anti fog liquid on my new eyeglasses about 6 months ago. Ever since, they are constantly streaky and filmy. I've used almost everything to remove the film that the fog product put on the lenses but to no avail. Does anyone have a remedy for removing this type of product from plastic lenses?
You didn't mention whether your lenses are glass or plastic. If they are glass, acetone (nail polish remover) would work well if your lenses have no special coating. Maybe the product ate the coatings you had.
I don't know if this will work but can't hurt to try. I clean my glasses with hand sanitizer. I keep a travel size bottle (1.5 ounces) by my computer. I put one drop on each lense. Use my finger to spread it around, one drop will do both sides of a lense. Dry with a cloth or soft paper towel. It may work, maybe need to use more than one drop, spread it around and let it set awhile before wiping it off.
I have found Fantastic OxyPower Multi-Purpose Cleaner cleans all of my glasses better than anything I have found so far!
I just found this site and I think it is terrific. What would be a good way to clean my new eyeglasses (high index plastic) lenses? I have heard that soap is too harsh and that tissues will scratch the lens. Does anyone have any 'thrify' alternatives?
Be careful with rubbing alcohol as it can ruin your frames (especially if they are plastic).
First, remove all dust/dirt from glasses by flushing with water. Shake cloth towel to free from any residue. If these steps are not taken the risk of harsh matter on the lens or towel is there and it will grind scratches on the lens. Next, I use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water and wipe with a soft cloth towel, finding one that does not leave streaks may take some doing but you will, eventually. This process works great for me.
My optician gave me basically the same recommendation for my anti-gare coatings that Pam received: Once a wee,k rinse your glasses with mild hand soap and then wipe them with a cotton towel. Works great for me.
He also recommended being sure to rinse the nose guards throughly, because they can easily pick oil from your skin, that you can then just as easily transfer to the lens. FYI, that oil just causes blurring, not damage. (Of course, if you "keep your nose clean" you won't have that problem -- grin.)
I am looking for tips for cleaning eyeglasses.
I saturate a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol. clean lenses, rinse with water and dry with soft cloth or very soft paper towel.
We use plain old soap and water. Dry with a soft towell.
I used to work for Eye Care Professionals, and my boss (the Owner) would keep his glasses in a cup of water with a little dawn dish detergent over night. Dawn takes all your face oils off while you sleep.
The nose support of my eye glasses (little rubber parts) developed some green bacteria. I used alcohol wipes to get rid of the bacteria, but they re-develop after 2 weeks or so. Can you share a tip on how to solve this for good?
By JohnC from Seattle, WA
Mine did that [they were metal] from lotion on my face. I stopped putting lotion in that area and doesn't happen anymore.
This is from the nickel in metal alloy frames. You are probably allergic to nickel; that's why this is happening. Try purchasing stainless steel or plastic frames. It happened to me also until I learned to by only stainless frames. Also try half-rim or rimless frames. Be sure to have your glasses adjusted so they aren't laying on your face.
My old pair of eyeglasses did that. The little nosepads fit over and around a metal part that would tarnish and turn green, making the clear pads greenish. Finally it would become green all the way up inside the pads where it couldn't be cleaned, so I'd take them to eyeglass shops who'd clean the metal & replace the pads for maybe $4. It'd look good awhile.
Finally, one place replaced the metal holder with a different kind that held a solidly made nose pad on it's own protruding clear hinge, instead of the type I had where the pad fit over the metal like a shoe. Problem was fixed for around $6! I bought my current eyeglasses from ZenniOptical online where even the really good titanium frames are so inexpensive, and no more tarnish ever happens anywhere. A quick fix is to try different shops until you find one who'll replace the metal part and give you solid clear pads, but next time, try titanium so nothing will turn green.
Where can I buy commercial liquid eyeglass cleaning solution in large amounts?
Clean Eyeglasses, Car Windshields & Wipers by using paper coffee filters. These filters cut grease & give you great results. When your wipers are not performing well try cleaning the Wipers first before replacing them. . .
I bought eye glasses at BJs/Sam's club. I like the glasses, but they are the most difficult to clean. I used dish soap, it left smudges, cloth leaves smudges, etc. How do I clean them so I can see and not have smudges right after wiping them?
By az2010 from Easthampton, MA
I was told never to use dish soap, because it can take off the anti glare coating of glasses. I think I would use water and a piece of tissue and then blow any lint off of the lenses. You can buy eyeglass cleaner and get free refills at Walmart whenever you go there. Hope this helped. (04/13/2009)
By Robyn Fed
I use Windex or the equivalent. (04/16/2009)