It is very common that our eyeglasses get covered with the oil coming out of our hands and eyes creating a sticky layer of dirt that gives a blurred vision or infections like conjunctivitis (1). At times, it is so irritating that we need to grab the nearest thing in our reach to wipe the dust off. Most often, we end up using the corner of our shirt or the scarf to cleanse it and some people even use spit for this purpose. But these are not the correct ways of cleaning the glasses as the dust on the shirt can damage the glasses by putting scratches on it. Eyeglasses, if not cleaned properly, can damage the lenses. Taking a proper care can enhance their shelf-life. You don’t even need special sprays to keep your eyeglasses crystal clear, some easy homemade remedies can be followed, rather than buying expensive solutions, which can even cause irritation to your eyes. So, here are some really wonderful homemade eyeglass cleaner that you can use to keep your eyewear dirt-free.
1. Soap Solution
This is the simplest and the most effective method for eyeglass cleaning at home (2). You just have to rush to your washroom and use the soap kept in front of you. Prepare a soapy water mixture by adding a few drops of soap solution to a bowl of warm water. Rub it gently and wash the glasses again with normal water. Finish by wiping the glasses with a clean cotton cloth.
2. Baby Wash
To clean eyeglasses, a baby wash is very beneficial. Take two cups of distilled water in a bottle. Add 1/4 cup of baby wash in it. Mix well the solution by shaking it upside down. Apply 4-5 drops of this solution and rub the glasses gently. Finish by buffing the lenses with a soft cloth. Distilled water alone can also be used for this purpose (3).
3. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol works great while removing foreign debris accumulated on our glasses. You can use an alcohol spray directly for cleaning the glasses or make a homemade cleaner. Dilute a cup of isopropyl alcohol (90% purity) in a cup of water (4). Add a drop of dish soap to it. Put the prepared mixture in a spray bottle and shake well to reach a uniform consistency. A few drops of solution should be rubbed on the glasses every day and wiped off with a clean cotton cloth. It leaves no streaks behind and cleanses the glasses perfectly.
Note: Alcohol might not be suitable for cleaning coated glasses.
4. Citrus and Liquid Soap Glass Cleaner
You can make a homemade cleaner by combining citrus cleaner and some liquid soap. Potassium hydroxide is an important ingredient of liquid soaps (5) which makes them a great cleaning agent (6). Start by washing the glasses in warm water. Take a tablespoon of liquid dish wash and add it to a cup of citrus cleaner. Pour this mixture into a quart of water. Take a few drops of this solution and apply it gently on the glasses. Clean the glasses by rinsing with water. Wipe it with a soft cloth.
5. Microfiber Cloth
One who wears glasses should always keep a microfiber cloth with him/her. They can be easily purchased from an eye store. These cloths can clean 99% of the dirt (7). A good quality of microfiber cloth cleanses the dust on the glasses without damaging the lenses. Even the most effective cleaner fails, if you clean the glasses with sand paper. They can also be used for cleaning the lenses of cameras. Always wet your lenses with warm water and the clean with the microfiber cloth.
Cleaner for Coated lens
Plastic Lenses are high in demand and have outnumbered mirror glasses owing to their multiple benefits such as light weight and scratch free coatings. The glasses are also provided with UV coating and anti-reflection coating. Using soap solutions or rubbing alcohol on such lenses can strip off the coating. If you are wondering that how to clean plastic eyeglass frames, then we have got some remedies which can be useful.
6. Castile Soap
Castile soap has disinfecting properties (8). Put a quarter of a bar of castile soap in a pan and add water only that much so that it covers the soap. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Make sure that there are no lumps left in the solution. Then add a tablespoon of glycerin and half of a tsp of sassafras oil to the pan. Remove it from heat and let the mixture cool down. Apply a small amount of this solution on the cloth and clean your lenses with this rag. Use normal water to rinse off any dash of the cleaning mixture that remains on the glass.
7. White Vinegar
Vinegar works great for cleaning glasses and windows (9) along with the eyeglasses. Mix equal amounts both of distilled water and white vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray this solution on each lens and wipe it with a 100% clean cotton cloth. This is the best solution for cleaning plastic glasses.
8. Baking Soda
This homemade solution is helpful in cleaning the glass in a mild manner (10) and removing stubborn scratches from it. Make a thick paste by combining baking soda and water, and apply it on the glasses using a cotton rag in a circular way. Wash the glasses with cool water in order to remove the scratches. Rub it dry using a clean cotton cloth.
- Prefer to buy lenses with UV protection coating.
- Keep a soft microfiber cloth handy.
- The wiping clothes should be washed on a regular basis.
- Clean the glasses regularly.
- Never use ammonia, bleach or vinegar, which are used for cleaning mirrors or windows as the harmful chemicals in them remove the outer coating of the glasses.
- Do not use hot water as it reduces the lifespan of the product.
- Do not put pressure on lenses while cleaning.
- Never use toilet papers or towels to wipe dry as their fibers can scratch the lenses.
- People breathe on the glasses and wipe it with a napkin. This should be avoided as the rough fibers can damage the glasses.