Cleaning Eyeglasses

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.

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November 21, 2006 Flag
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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

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June 2, 2015 Flag
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I've found that paper lens wipes don't have to be used only once. So I keep a small air tight "film can" (from the film camera era!) 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. Snap the lid on and POOF! It's ready for another use the next time my specs are dirty!

A pill jar will probably work well also if lid is a "snap" type.

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    May 22, 2008 Flag
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    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?

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    May 23, 20080 found this helpful

    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.

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    May 25, 20080 found this helpful

    I have found Fantastic OxyPower Multi-Purpose Cleaner cleans all of my glasses better than anything I have found so far!

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    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!

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    February 23, 2012 Flag
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    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

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    June 23, 2004 Flag
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    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?

    Thanks.
    Anjeena in New York

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    September 9, 20080 found this helpful

    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.

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    December 28, 20090 found this helpful

    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.)

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    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.

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    August 13, 2007 Flag
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    I am looking for tips for cleaning eyeglasses.

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    August 14, 20070 found this helpful

    We use plain old soap and water. Dry with a soft towell.

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    August 14, 20070 found this helpful

    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.

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    If the lenses have a coating, then an overnight soaking might ruin them.

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    February 22, 2010 Flag
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    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

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    February 25, 20100 found this helpful

    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.

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    February 26, 20100 found this helpful

    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.

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    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.

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    April 5, 2010 Flag
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    Where can I buy commercial liquid eyeglass cleaning solution in large amounts?

    By Harlan from Los Angeles, CA

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    April 5, 20100 found this helpful

    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.

    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf433145.tip.html

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    April 6, 20100 found this helpful

    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

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    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?

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    May 6, 2014 Flag

    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.

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      February 8, 2005 Flag
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      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. . .

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      February 22, 2010 Flag
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      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

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      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      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

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      I use Windex or the equivalent. (04/16/2009)

      By mulberry204

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      April 13, 2009 Flag
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      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.

      By Jan

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      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      I only need my glasses for reading so I always have them dangling from my neck using an eyeglass cord. They can get really dirty sometimes when I am cooking. So I wash my wire-framed glasses in my sink before I wash my dishes. I fill the sink as usual with dish detergent and hot water. I emerge the glasses in the water, remove and gently wash the lenses and frame. Rinse and dry. Not only are the lenses clean but the frames, too. (01/19/2005)

      By mkymlp

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      Another neat trick is to apply a small blob of shaving cream (not the gel kind) into both sides of the lens and buff it in and dry. Keeps your glasses from fogging up with temperature changes. Same trick applies on the bathroom mirror.
      CJ(01/20/2005)

      By cjgeo

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      I have found the easiest way to get rid of face oil on glasses is to wet them, and scrub gently with a soft toothbrush and foaming facewash. Then rinse with hot water and dry. (07/17/2005)

      By Hilary

      Cleaning Eye Glasses and Faucets

      Rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning eye glasses because it removes skin oil and doesn't smear the lens.
      It is also wonderful for cleaning faucets. It makes them shiny and new-looking.

      By SusannL (09/01/2005)

      By ThriftyFun

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      DON'T use coffee filters, facial tissues, or any other similar products. They are made from wood and can scratch your lenses. Use plain or soapy water to clean and rinse thoroughly. Dry with a soft cotton cloth. Never dry polish. (02/25/2008)

      By R.S.

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      Hillary, I trust you're talking about those super-soft toothbrushes made for infants and for adults with extremely delicate gums (like chemotherapy patients). Seems to me that the ones the toothbrush industry is currently labeling "soft" would be way too harsh.

      I rinse loose dust off, then use a drop of LOC (or dish detergent would do fine) and rub gently between my thumb and fingertips. I dry them with a clean, soft cotton rag. (Yes, I still save old underwear for rags!)

      mkymlp, I love your idea of washing them with the dishes! (06/10/2008)

      By lieast

      Cleaning Eye Glasses

      This is a tip for anyone who has older glasses or perhaps scratch resistant glasses that have lost their scratch resistant coating. Put a drop or two of Rainx liquid on the surface of the lens and with a wet finger rub into the surface of the lens. This has a slight polishing effect and will make smaller scratches disappear (will not cure deep scratches). Repeat this process on both surfaces of both lenses.

      Then clean the glasses using a mild soap and warm water. The added benefit of this method is that the Rainex treatment will help to repel dust and moisture for a few weeks keeping the glasses cleaner over time. Also, the treatment will prevent condensation from forming on the lens for a few weeks. So if you constantly have problems of your glasses fogging up when you go out in the heat after being in the AC in your car this will prevent that. I used this trick when I worked at a restaurant and had to walk-in and out of a walk in refrigerator all day long.

      DO NOT USE RAINEX ON NEW GLASSES: it may damage the coatings, but if the coatings are already damaged this may prolong the life of your glasses. Also, if you have a problem with glasses slipping down off your face try putting a small amount of anti-perspiration on your nose, this prevents sweat from forming on your nose which will make the glasses slip. (09/09/2008)

      By Moish

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