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
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
Do not do this! Over time it will scratch your lens. Call your eye doc and you will see. Use products especially made for 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.
Source: I received this top from my eye doctor.
By Ginger from Decatur, IL
Use isopropyl alcohol (labeled 93%), not rubbing alcohol (labeled 70%). The latter contains unhelpful additives.
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!
Hi, thanks for all the responses! I've tried vinegar and I also have used an ultrasonic eyeglass cleaner and eyeglass cleaner and ammonia. My lenses are plastic with no coatings on them. I used a product called "Kleer Fog" which says its for glass or plastic lenses. It works keeping the fog/steam away but makes it impossible to keep them clean. EVERYTHING streaks now and they are always smeary. I don't think I can get the warranty because I used the product myself.
I'm definitely going to try rubbing alcohol- and the hand sanitizer which is also alcohol. I'll let everyone know!
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?
Anjeena in New York
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.)
For years, I have cleaned my "plastic" lenses with water and then dried them with a piece of clean, all cotton, old T-shirt. No scratches, no problems. I've heard that you have to be extra careful with plastic and DO NOT use any paper on them because it is too harsh and may scratch.
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.
If the lenses have a coating, then an overnight soaking might ruin them.
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.
I can't answer you question but I had some replaced at one time and wasn't charged anything. It may have been Walmart; not sure but I'd call around.
Where can I buy commercial liquid eyeglass cleaning solution in large amounts?
By Harlan from Los Angeles, CA
Do a search on Google. If you're looking for a small quantity I made this up myself. The following is one of my posts.
1) Cleaning Your Eyeglasses
-Make it a point to clean your eye wear every day. Just simple soapy solution and some warm water will do the trick. This helps to rid your lenses of oily smudges and dusty deposits, which will not only increase the life of your glasses, but you will see a marked improvement in the quality of vision too.
-Don't be one of those people who wipe their glasses when they are dry. This can leave unsightly scratches and marks on your glasses. Always remember to wet your eye wear before wiping it. In the absence of eyeglass cleaning solution, plain water will do just fine.
-While on the subject of eyeglass cleaners, here's some useful information on them. Liquid eyeglass cleaners and eye glass cleaning boxes can make life much easier for you. Many kinds of eye glass cleaners are available in the markets, all of which are very easy to use. By utilizing such eye glass cleaners, cleaning your eye wear will no longer be a chore.
-Isopropyl alcohol can do wonders for your eyeglasses and will leave your lenses looking shiny and clean. You just need to spray a little bit on your glasses and then gently wipe dry.
-Another common mistake that many people make while cleaning their glasses is to use any type of cloth or even paper tissue to wipe their glasses. This is a big no-no. Tissue, towels, and regular cloth can harm your glasses and cause scratch marks. To avoid this, you should make use of special eyeglass cleaning cloths to wipe your eye wear.
2) Caring For Your Eye wear
Using, handling, and storing your eyeglasses properly all are vital for proper care of your glasses. Here's how you can ensure just that:
-Never remove your eye wear by holding just one of the ear rails. Removing your glasses with one hand should be avoided so that the ear rails maintain their shape and do not get bent or turned. Hold both the ear rails, one in each hand, and then remove your glasses carefully.
-Once you have taken such care to remove your glasses, do not proceed to set them down any which way. Glasses should be folded and then put down with the lens side facing upwards. Never set your glasses down on their lenses as this can damage the pair.
-If you are not going to be using your eye wear for some time, you should store them away. For temporary storage use your eyeglass holder, or else use a protective eyeglass case to keep your glasses in. In addition to keeping your eye wear away from harm, an eyeglass case will also ensure that your eye glasses are always at hand and you do not have to look about in frustration for them.
-Before keeping your glasses in their case, wrap a 100% cotton cloth around them so that they are better protected.
3) Using An Eyeglass Repair Kit
Although not all damage can be fixed with an eyeglass repair kit, there are many minor problems that can easily be corrected using such a kit. Some of the do-it-yourself repairs that you can do on your eye wear are:
-A very common reason for eyeglasses to come apart is loose or missing screws. An eyeglass repair kit has various size screws that can easily be used to replace a missing one. And if a screw just happens to be loose, you can use the tools in the kit to tighten them and Voila! Your glasses are ready to go.
-Another repair that can be performed using an eyeglass repair kit is that of broken hinges. If your metal hinge has broken off from the frame, you simply need to make use of some strong adhesive (available with the kit) and stick the hinge back in place. After cleaning the hinge and removing any old glue from it, you should dab a small amount of adhesive on both parts of the broken hinge and then press into place.
-Your eyeglasses can get bent out of shape if the hinge becomes loose. If that seems to be the problem, you should use the set of pliers and gently bend the hinge back into as close to its original place as possible. This usually takes care of a lop-sided frame.
Thus, by following these simple tips for eyeglass caring, cleaning, and repair, you can ensure that your eyeglasses serve you for a long time
I haven't worn glasses in 7 years, but if you seriously want commercial eyeglass cleaner in bulk, I'd suggest you try your local commercial supply house. Plan B? Ask your local optician where he or she buys. As I recall, however, commercial eyeglass cleaners are primarily isopropryl alcohol. It's much, much cheaper, under $1 a pint, I think. Why not consider stocking up on that instead?
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)
An easy way to clean your glasses lint free is to use coffee filters. An easy cleaner for your glasses is 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 water in a spray bottle.