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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
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 michl from Decatur, IL
I got a refresher course at my eye doctor's office this week. I've been doing it wrong. Here's what she recommended:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I run mine under hot water (both sides) and dry with a cotton handkerchief. Works great!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
I am looking for tips for cleaning eyeglasses.
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
Does anyone know of a way to clean the cigarette film and better yet keep it off eyeglass lens? Thanks in advance.
I have those alcohol prep pads, can these be used to clean glasses?
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.
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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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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 KS Granny
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)