Use Soapy Dish Water For Eyeglasses

This is so simple, inexpensive and effective. After I've finished washing up the breakfast things in hot soapy water, I dip my glasses into the washing up bowl and swirl them around, then dry them on the tea towel before drying any of the cereal bowls. My husband does the same.


We decided the optician's solution was far too expensive to warrant buying it regularly and find that this is an ideal substitute. I think if the washing up were to include many greasy things then I would wash my glasses first, making sure the water wasn't too hot and using the ordinary washing up liquid.

Our optician actually suggested this method and we've used it for many years.

By Anne Carter from UK

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November 22, 20112 found this helpful

I used to work in a nationwide chain type eyeglass store that had the eye doctors right there in the store. When I first started I saw that we sold small (less than 2 oz) bottles of lens cleaner for $4.00. This was in the mid 1970's, so I'd hate to think what that little bottle costs now.

Anyway, the first time someone came in to get their glasses cleaned, I took the glasses to the back room as I had been told by my boss. On the shelf they had a large bottle (quart size) of "lens cleaner". I was told to use that for cleaning the customers' glasses.


One day I came in and the bottle had run out so they were refilling it-----with windex! They told me that that was all that was in those tiny bottles too, was Windex with a fancy brand name.

Ever since then, I've used Windex (or any other glass cleaner) on my glasses. I wash them with warm soapy water too when they get extremely dirty (like after mowing the lawn! LOL), but I just had to pass this story on.

Don't let eyeglass stores, no matter how well known the store is, talk you into buying their expensive "special" lens cleaners. Go to the dollar store and pick up a bottle of window cleaner (if you don't already have some at home) and use that. It's countless times cheaper, and is exactly the same thing. No matter what the store people might say. Just be sure and use a very soft cloth. I use an old diaper or an old handkerchief.

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April 1, 20130 found this helpful

Be careful when doing this as it may ruin the special tint on your lenses.

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January 23, 20180 found this helpful

WARNING = yes, it works... but it destroys the anti-glare coat on your eyewear!

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

My optician adviced against using washing up liquid to clean my glasses but ive read lotion free types are ok, what ones are lotion free?

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December 9, 20180 found this helpful

You should use a micro fiber cloth instead of a tea towel for drying. A tea towel or parts of your clothing are more likely to scratch the lenses.

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