The Correct Way To Clean Eyeglasses

When our eyeglasses are smudged, we reach for the corner of our shirt to clean them. You probably know that is the wrong way to clean glasses, but you do it anyway. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, you just need soap and a cotton cloth to clean glasses the right way.

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The Wall Street Journal says that any old piece of cotton and regular kitchen soap is far better than those cleaning solutions you get at the optometrist:

The AOA recommends washing glasses every morning, paying special attention to the frames and earpieces, where hair product and makeup tend to rub off. Whatever you do, don't use the most handy form of water to clean your lenses. "Some people use spit, but don't," urges Dr. Geist. Though dirty glasses won't cause an eye infection, saliva "is not the best hygiene method, and it just won't work very well," she says. Soap, warm water and a dry cloth are all you need, once a day, to keep glasses optimally clean and functional.

You also shouldn't use anything with ammonia, bleach, vinegar (although it's great for drinking glasses), or window cleaner because those chemicals strip away the coatings on your glasses. Keeping your glasses in optimal shape is really easy when you do it right. That should be just enough to keep those fancy new computer glasses in optimal shape too.

The Best Way to Clean Your Glasses [Wall Street Journal]


    Using my shirt won't damage them though right? I can't be bothered to do it properly every day.

      Depends on the shirt. Rough fabric can cause lots of micro scratches that build up over time. Good cotton should be fine though.

      The best option is the microfibre cloths you get from wherever sells glasses, or lens cleaning solution with a tissue. Funnily enough, lens cleaning solution and a microfibre cloth don't work super well together, so best to use one or the other. Source: I sell these things

    Yea nah, I'll stick to the lense cleaning spray and microfibre cloth to get them spotless.

    I use these Uvex lens cleaning towlettes, my dad brings a bag full home from work every month so I pretty much have an unlimited supply. Don't know what I would do without them, they're great for cleaning everything glasses, phones, screens, peripherals and any other gadgets we have, they clean anything and leave no residue. It will suck once I can no longer get these, I might actually have to find some to buy. They do seem quite expensive though close to $170 for a box of 500 ( they have to be cheaper somewhere. It's a good thing that for now my dads work up around the mines has a good supply of these that you can help yourself to.

    An optometrist friend once told me that warm water, soap, and a plain facial tissue (to dry them) is the best thing, and is usually what the staff do when they are cleaning glasses for customers. He said that sometime even the lens cleaning spray will eventually begin to cause damage to coatings.

    Hmm, so all these years I've been cleaning my glasses in the shower with soap and water isn't because I'm too lazy to find lens cleaner, it's because I'm cleaning my glasses the right way!

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