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Cleaning Eyeglasses

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

Cleaning Prescription Glasses

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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" 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.

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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

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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Can I use ordinary diluted washing up liquid to clean my eye glasses? Someone said they wash their eye glasses in washing up liquid and water before they wash up the dishes, but my optician said no. Apparently you can use lotion free types which are OK, but what brands are these?

My glasses need cleaning several times a day for some reason. My last optician said probably my eye makeup is causing the problem, but why only in the last 3 years and not before? I've been wearing it for like 50 years and glasses for 27 yrs.

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful
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Any mild soap can be used with a soft cloth or microfibre. Regular dish soap works, but be sure to rinse well & be sure it doesn't have lotion in it. Also at Dollar Tree you can get a pack of special lense wipes that work well & Walmart & other stores carry a spritz bottle of lense cleaner that works a lot better than dish soap & you should not have a smeary residue to contend with. The special lens cleaners are fairly cheap and do an excellent job cleaning glasses lenses leaving them streak free and clear to see through.

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful
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I had one set of lenses that seemed to be dirty all the time. I finally went back to glass lenses because they seemed to stay cleaner longer. I think it is something they are adding to the lenses now that cause this problem.

I always clean my glasses with dish soap or even wipes I clean the computer monitor with. I don't find that it hurts them at all. But to be on the safe side you can go to Costco and buy a giant pack of lens wipes to use on your glasses. You can even get these in any market. I'd just look at the price and select the ones that aren't too expensive to use.

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June 23, 2004

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?



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Anjeena in New York

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By Jill (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 Pam (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 Robby (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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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 Kathy (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 JODI (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 Linda (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 Renee (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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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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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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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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September 14, 2013

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

By Carol

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January 15, 2017

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 page about cleaning coated eyeglass lenses.

Person cleaning eyeglass lenses with a cloth.

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February 22, 2010

I bought eye glasses at BJs/Sam's club. I like the glasses, but they are the most difficult to clean.

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April 13, 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.

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