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
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
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.
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?
Where can I buy commercial liquid eyeglass cleaning solution in large amounts?
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