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Cleaning Eyeglasses

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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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By 2 found this helpful
November 21, 2006

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.

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By Sharon from New York, NY

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By 4 found this helpful
February 21, 2017

I got a refresher course at my eye doctor's office this week. I've been doing it wrong. Here's what she recommended:

First, always run warm water over the your lens from the top of the glasses (so you are not sanding the dirt into the lens).

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Once you've rinsed them off and they are still wet, spray the lens with your eyeglass cleaning solution.

Wipe the lens with microfiber cloth only!

Make sure to wash the microfiber cloth after a few uses! Use only a gentle cleanser (without softener or it will cloud your lens).

If you could have a spare microfiber cloth, that would be even better to give them time to dry.

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By 3 found this helpful
February 23, 2012

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.

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Source: I received this top from my eye doctor.

By Ginger from Decatur, IL

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By 2 found this helpful
June 2, 2015

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 6, 2014

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, 20050 found this helpful

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.

Carefully lift up the wiper blade & hold the blade & rubber insert with one hand & with the other hand place a paper filter between your thumb & fingers. Then press the paper filter against the rubber insert while sliding on the rubber insert to remove the grease/residue.

Repeat this a couple of times until the paper filter removes this residue. Always use a clean piece of this filter until all of the black residue is removed. Great for inside of the front & rear windshield glass. Especially if someone smokes & leaves tobacco smoke film on glass. Very good as a cleaning rag on other surfaces as well. Use the White Circular Round Pleated Filters -NOT the Brown - Recycled ones. Gerry K

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Many eyeglasses have anti-reflective and protective coatings. When cleaning you need to make sure you use a cleaner that won't damage these coatings. This is a guide about cleaning coated eyeglass lenses.

Person cleaning eyeglass lenses with a cloth.

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June 23, 20040 found this helpful

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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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle works great and is very inexpensive.Wipe with soft cloth after spraying glasses.This works as well as more expensive glasses cleaner.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

I have the same type lenses as you and I always use a liquid hand soap on mine. First I put some on my hands and rub soap into a lather and then I wash the lenses and rinse under running water. I then wipe clean with a silky cloth that I purchased from an optical store. They come in two sizes. One to carry in your purse and a larger one to use at home. These work great and last a very long time. I think they are well worth the little extra cost.

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June 23, 20040 found this helpful

The Doc told me to use coffee filters to dry my glasses with they are lint free and do not scratch the glass or plastic lenses.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

The techs at Spare Pair told me to use mild dish soap, just make certain to completely rinse all soap off before drying. They suggested either paper towel or the new micro-fiber towels -those are washable and Costco has a dozen at $10 in the auto-accessories section.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

If your glasses have an anti-reflective coating on it (like mine do), don't use soap or liquid detergent on them because those things can cause the coating to peel off. I learned this the hard way, unfortunately! So now, I purchase the commercial lens cleaner (mine was from LensCrafters). It's not cheap, but it lasts nearly forever. My 10 oz. bottle is still 3/4 full, and I've had it for 8 months already. You can purchase a small spray bottle from the drugstore, and refill it from the bigger bottle. My feeling is that it's more frugal to take care of my expensive glasses with the proper cleaner than it is to be stingy on the cleaner and ruin the glasses.

Also, use a 100% cotton cloth (like an old bandana or handkerchief) to wipe the lenses after spraying them with the cleaning solution. The cotton cloth won't scratch them like paper or synthetic fabrics can.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

I run mine under hot water (both sides) and dry with a cotton handkerchief. Works great!!

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

For my husbands birthday I bought him a eyeglass cleaner from Sharper Image...its "GREAT" an it does a super job of cleaning his glasses. all you do is pop them into the machine an in just a few seconds they are cleaned just like when you buy them, they are also listed in their catalog and also on their website.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 23, 20040 found this helpful

Just purchased new glasses yesterday. I was told that it is VERY important to use a cloth that was not washed with fabric softerner or dryer sheets. The optian cautioned me not to use a washing machine at all because other clothes in the wash might have residual fabric softener on them. She recommended that I wash my cleaning cloth frequenly with just water in the sink. Let dry flat.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
June 29, 20040 found this helpful

I purchased my glasses from LensCrafters and they have often cleaned my glasses with plain ol' rubbing alchohol. Also one of the technicians there told my that an old cloth diaper works well on glasses.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 24, 20040 found this helpful

I just recently bought a pair of glasses and at $425, cleaning them can sure be an important question, so I asked and she told me that if my glasses are dirty, they have dirt particles on them. She told me to run water over them first to remove the particles before rubbing with a soft towel. Makes good sense to me! No matter what kind of fancy spray you are using, if you don't take a hands off approach and remove the particles first, you'll scratch them anyway. She also cautioned me not to use lens cleaners either because they are coming out with new plastics all the time and even they can put your lenses at risk. Mine are teflon coated of all things...seems teflon is getting into everything these days.

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November 6, 20050 found this helpful

I own an optical store. Don't EVER use harsh home-based cleaners such as alcohol or strong soaps on your lenses, it may strip the coatings (such as the tint, anti-reflection, anti-scratch) off. And don't use paper-based wipes (unless they are actual lens cleaning cloths) such as kleenex or paper towels; the fibers can be abrasive. Stick to soft cloths. When you buy your glasses, ask for a cleaning cloth; you really should be given one anyhow, but sometimes you have to ask! And using soap on some lenses will distort the clarity, esp, with anti-reflection coatings. It also shortens the coating life, causing 'crazing', which is minute cracks on the lens coat surface, which can cause vision distortion.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 27, 20060 found this helpful

I use Zeiss pre-moistened lens cloths. 50 in a box is $2.97 at Wal-Mart. Ea is individually pkg'ed so quite convenient....very nice for slipping in your purse or carry-on. Pre-moistened, non-abrasive lens cloths safely and quickly clean any lens especially those with anti-reflective multi-layer coatings. They clean effectively w/o leaving streaks or residue.

These might not be terribly thrifty or frugal but I also go for convenience and it is very much worth the price I pay for them. We are a family of 4 and 3 of us wear glasses! Often times I open one and clean both mine and my young son's. These are also sold at Sam's Club in a larger quantity for a little better deal.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 3, 20070 found this helpful

Be careful with rubbing alcohol as it can ruin your frames (especially if they are plastic).

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By 0 found this helpful
May 22, 2008

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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August 13, 2007

I am looking for tips for cleaning eyeglasses.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 14, 20070 found this helpful

I was told by my eye doctor that using a mild soap and rinsing them under the faucet is the best way to remove sand/dirt/debris from them so they don't scratch the lens. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 14, 20070 found this helpful

I clean mine with a drop of hand soap (which I smear around both sides of the lens with clean hands) and then rinse well, blotting dry with a terrycloth towel. Don't use anything that has paper fibers in it -- such as toilet paper or tissues -- because they will add fine scratches every time they are used.

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

The lens clenaing cloths that they sell at Target Optical work nicely. $5.00.

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

If your lenses are polycarbonate, soap may not rinse off completely. Try putting about 4 oz. of plain water in a container, add about 2 tbs. of white vinegar and dip your glasses in it. Then, wipe dry with a clean cloth. Microfiber is best if you have it. You can use this mixture over and over, but I replace mine weekly. Just keep it covered between uses.

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

Eye doctor told me to get a small spray bottle [WalMart-50¢] half fill it with water and add 3 or 4 drops of dish detergent [for washing dishes by hand]. Spritz lenses on both sides and wipe with a tissue that has no added 'lotion'. I found Viva paper towels [Big roll, Choose size] the softest and using the smallest size will clean my glasses several time a day.

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

I was told by my eye doctor not to use kleenex, paper towels or anything like that cause they have wood fibers in them and will scratch the lens...I just use plain water and wipe with a facecloth....my brother told me last wk that those little wet wipes (that come with fast food places) work great but haven't tried it yet. :0)

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 14, 20070 found this helpful

I keep a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol to spray on my lens and then wipe with an old cotton t shirt

It's amazing

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By 0 found this helpful
February 22, 2010

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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September 14, 2013

I have those alcohol prep pads, can these be used to clean glasses?

By Carol

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February 3, 2016

Does anyone know of a way to clean the cigarette film and better yet keep it off eyeglass lens? Thanks in advance.

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February 22, 20100 found this helpful


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, 20090 found this helpful

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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