How to Clean Eye Glasses

Yes, your shirt is convenient for cleaning glasses, but it certainly is not the most effective or safe method. Tissues, the second most common cleaning tool can be damaging and scratch the surface. To properly clean your eye glasses, there are a few simple steps. Cleaning your glasses each night will help keep the lenses clear and free of scratches and smudges.

You Will Need:

  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft bristled toothbrush
  • Soft cotton or microfiber cloth

Steps to Clean the Glasses:

  1. Start by rinsing the glasses under warm, running water.
  2. Apply a small amount of mild dish soap with a soft cloth moistened with water.
  3. Use a circular motion to clean the lenses.
  4. Rinse with clean water while wiping the lenses in a circular motion. This will remove all of the soap residue.
  5. Use the soft bristled toothbrush to clean the nose pads. Be careful not to brush the lenses or it may causes scratches.
  6. Rinse again with clean water.
  7. Dry with a soft cloth.
  8. Wear the glasses immediately to check if there are any remaining smudges or dirty areas that need to be removed.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Avoid using any cleaning products or soaps that contain ammonia. This can damage the surface of the lenses.
  • Never use tissues to clean eyeglasses. Tissues are made from wood and can scratch the glass surface.
  • Eyeglass cleaners are also available. These are great for quick cleanings. Simply spray the solution onto the lenses and wipe away with a soft, microfiber cloth.
  • Many frames have small screws holding them together. Check these frequently to ensure they are still tight and secure.


  1. John says:

    Cleaning fluid for eye glasses is very expensive so I make my own, and the way is:

    Put one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two tablespoons of clear Ivory dish-washing soap in a 16 oz. plastic pump bottle and fill it with filtered water or distilled water if you want. Spray it on glasses, both sides, clean with your fingers and rinse with tap water; dry with a soft clean cloth.

  2. Brenda says:

    Making your own solution for cleaning eye glasses is so unnecessary when you can get unlimited free cleaning solution refills at any Walmart which has a vision center. Just purchase the first cleaning solution bottle for about a dollar and you’ll never have to buy it again. I keep a bottle in my bathrooms both upstairs and down and one in my car. I can use the free spray cleaner generously on my delicate anti-reflective lens surfaces, which both helps me see better and prolongs the scratch-free life of my lenses.

  3. Patricia says:

    I have worn glasses for 25 years and I am now 30. My older brother too. We have always just rinsed the lenses under the faucet and rubbed them with some dish-washing liquid like Joy or whatever with just our fingers and then rinsed them off and dried them on our T shirts. No big deal. Works like a charm.

  4. Jill says:

    I find a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol and a T-shirt work perfect on my plastic lenses. Very affordable.

  5. Rose says:

    I work at an optical shop and dish-washing liquid will hurt poly. lenses and vinegar will cause high index lenses to warp. A solution of half rubbing alcohol and half distilled water will work on all lenses. It’s best to always rinse lenses off with lukewarm water first.

  6. Kathy says:

    I find that using a drop of dish soap and rubbing it on the glass lens and rinsing with hot water cleans them better than any cleaning solutions.

  7. Sandra says:

    My son got super glue on his eyeglasses, which have plastic lenses. Please help; how do you remove it? Thank you.

  8. Melanie says:

    Wrap a wet cloth around the eyeglasses so that the cloth presses against the glue. Allow the glasses to soak for several hours to soften the glue and hopefully you can wipe away the glue. You can also try rubbing alcohol.

    Source: – How to Remove Super Glue from Plastic and Vinyl

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