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Old 08-17-2000, 04:34 PM
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I am curious if anyone has any tried and true ways to clean your eyeglasses outside of spending extra money for the solutions that the eyewear store carries.

I use a microfiber cloth so as not to tempt any interuption of coatings as my usual way to clean the very visable goop (mascara flakes, oils from skin, etc.) but want a cheap and easy alternative to the solutions.

Is dish soap okay for your basic plastic lenses with UV and scratch resistant coatings? I don't want to disturb the coating and find that I have very small spots on my glasses that produce a little glare at night I would like to get rid of.
Old 08-17-2000, 04:47 PM
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I use soap and dry with a cloth towel. After a few years you get fine scratches, but by then my perscription has changed and I need new glasses anyway.
Old 08-17-2000, 04:58 PM
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I travel a good bit for work and always pick up the shoe polish mitt supplied in the hotel room. They are made of a very soft, virtually lint free cloth and make excellent eyeglass cleaners. I keep one in my car (I only use my glasses when driving). I have never used cleaning solution or liquid of any kind and have never had the cloth scratch a lens.
Old 08-17-2000, 05:13 PM
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I've had no problems using dish soap on coated glasses. It works pretty well. I can't overstate the importance of not using paper towels, tissues, etc, to clean coated lenses. I ruined my last pair (they had an anti-glare coating) by wiping them too often with tissue paper.
Old 08-17-2000, 05:23 PM
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Just FYI, the cloth I am using is really made for camara lenses but I purchased two of them years ago at an eyewear store. I wish I could find the other one, one for the purse the other for the home territory.

Since I just bought these glasses, and they aren't cheap, I will take very good care of these

Thank you though, I will go clean them now with some regular soap and water -- with a delicate touch of course.
Old 08-17-2000, 05:27 PM
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I run mine under the water then use a paper towel to dry them off. I have very small scratches on them but they might be from other things. plus I've had them for two mabe three years now. going to get new ones on Monday. I've always done this, but I don't think they have a coating to them.
Old 08-17-2000, 05:27 PM
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I agree with Doctor Jackson on this one, those little shoe shine cloths are great. Never found a scratch. I should add that I pretty much only wear my glasses at night though, so I usually just give them a quick rub of the cloth once a day.
Old 08-17-2000, 05:39 PM
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I use a dab or two of Dawn with very warm water. Sometimes I use a shammy, but usually just a paper towel. I have plastic lenses with UV coating (about three years old). No scratches or problems.
Old 08-17-2000, 06:02 PM
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Thanks Lib, that's exactly what I have. I just need to remember not to put so much of it on.

I have used it a lot on my old glasses but those were ugly, scratched and were intended as a back up only. I ended up wearing them for 4 years though. No scratch coating or anything.

I used to grab whatever happened to be handy to get the goop off. Tissue and paper towels are a bad idea though, there are wood fibers in them and they scratch plastic pretty easily.
Old 08-17-2000, 06:45 PM
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my shirt-tails do a perfect job
Old 08-17-2000, 08:24 PM
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From my experience cleaning extremely high grade optics back in the Air Force, I can give you the expert recommendation that an old t-shirt is without question the best cloth you can get. It is easily obtainable, it costs very little, and you can wear it till you need it.

It does need to be the right fabric type, though. A nice thick cotton does great. As far as cleaning solution? Water vapor from breath. If you keep the hairspray off of them, that will do nicely. When you take them to the optician's for a cleaning, have them tossed in the ultrasonic bath for a minute. That'll get the oils out of the frame. (worked in an optometrist's office, also)
Old 08-17-2000, 08:41 PM
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I wash mine in the shower with shampoo. That way I have plenty of water to rinse them with before and after using the shampoo. I dry them with clean towel or clean cotton underwear. That seems to work fine; no scratches and no spots. However, my plastic lenses always wear out after 3-4 years anyway (with scratches and spots) but that seems to happen regardless of what I pay for them, what kind of a coating they have, or how I clean them. I think if you want (daily use) glasses that will last longer than 3-4 years you've got to buy glass lenses.
Old 08-17-2000, 08:43 PM
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I use dish detergent and water to wash mine, and a coffee filter to dry them. The filters are mostly lint-free, cheap, and surprisingly absorbent. I have metal rims, which have an unfortunate tendency to form verdigris, probably because of the way I clean them. I simply remove the lenses and clean out the gunk every couple of months.
Old 08-18-2000, 01:01 AM
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I asked this to a few people and everyone seems to agree on one thing: never wipe it dry. Breathing on the lens is fine, since it's distilled water - as clean as anything gets.

Also, optical coatings can be damaged by heat. I wouldn't clean glasses in the shower or bath.
Old 08-18-2000, 09:26 AM
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Most of the time, I wipe my spec's with a handkerchief or tissue, usually after fogging them up with my breath.

When they get really grotty, I find that Amway's CrystalClear spray-on lens cleaner works very well indeed.

But the best overall clean is a dip in the ultrasonic bath at the optometrist's office.
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Old 08-18-2000, 10:12 AM
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Wait a gosh darned moment here.. you have to WASH your lenses? My doctor told me anytime they got really dirty that meant they were going bad and I needed to buy a new pair.. Damnit.

No wonder those doctors drive them fancy cars :-)

on a more serious note windex seems to work on them too .. and I use tissues.. paper towels/napkins tend to scratch up the lenses (in fact mine are pretty scratched up and they are only a year old..)

just my two centavos
Old 08-18-2000, 01:26 PM
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Any one who cannot spell "interruptions" or "visible" will never learn how to clean her eyeglasses.
Old 08-18-2000, 01:37 PM
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I have found these at Costco and find they work perfectly. They are a combination of the cloth and the solution and they are from Bausch and Lomb so I trust em. No scratches yet.
Old 08-19-2000, 03:26 PM
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Avoid using polyester cloth for cleaning your glasses. Polyester is much harder than glass or plastic, and it will leave micro-scratches in the surface.
Old 08-20-2000, 10:35 PM
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Try using a "medi-prep" swab.(used in hospitals mainly) These are swabs which have been impregnated with 2% Chlorhexidine. They dry without smearing and stay clean for ages!
BTW...these are Australian I think..don't know if u can get them!
Old 08-20-2000, 10:56 PM
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Wait, you mean I have to clean them?
Old 08-20-2000, 11:24 PM
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I wear my glasses in the shower (how else would I see to get into the bathtub?)(No, I can't find a bathtub without my glasses on, it's too small). I use Dial soap on my glasses. Every few days I scrub the frames and the grooves between frames and lenses with an old soft toothbrush. Do NOT use alcohol, or anything containing alcohol, on plastic frames. It causes them to "frost".
Old 08-21-2000, 09:29 AM
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Frosted Frames

I wondered why my frames are frosted.

I often use alcohol swabs. Doesn't that frost my *** (censored).
Old 08-21-2000, 09:47 AM
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How I clean my glasses

I find walking through a car wash very effective. However be sure to select NO WAX.

The next best way to preserve your glasses is to learn to look around the gunk. This way there will be no scratches, no micro-scratches, no frosting, (well there is a little frosting on my glasses right now from my birthday cake) or any other damage.
Old 08-21-2000, 09:54 AM
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Simple answer: just have the butler take care of it.
Old 08-21-2000, 10:21 AM
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The Final Solution

We can discuss what kind of solutions to use to clean your glasses ad infinitum. But I have the final solution. Have PRK done.
Old 08-21-2000, 10:29 AM
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Given the above stuff, I',m sure this is wrong, but an old chem prof once told me that newspaper is good for wiping glasses. He said the paper was not hard enough to scratch glass and the ink acted as a polishing agent. Just thought I'd throw that in.
Old 08-21-2000, 10:34 AM
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I just pull 'em off, lick all 4 surfaces, dry them with the inside of my shirt, and they're good to go. I try not to perform this action too soon after eating chunky peanut butter, though.
Old 08-21-2000, 01:05 PM
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My suggestion: wash them as you've been doing, but instead of figuring out what to use to dry them, give it one last rinse under very hot water. Then shake them a bit and whatever water doesn't shake off, will evaporate quite quickly. No need to use any kind of paper or cloth at all.
Old 08-21-2000, 02:01 PM
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I've found an all cotton cloth or Kimwipes EX-L work the best.
Old 10-21-2015, 08:50 PM
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this is what I've found to be the best for me.

small travel sized sprayer (you can find 1 from Walmart for $0.99 in the travel toiletry section)
3/4 water
1/4 alcohol
couple of drops dawn soap

shake well, then spritz and use a microfiber cloth. whatever you do, DO NOT dry your microfiber cloth with a fabric softener, instead, just air dry them by hanging them somewhere in your house.

for men, DO NOT squeeze to tightly with the microfiber on the glass surface. tada, if you keep it up, you can keep your glasses scratch free for a long time
Old 10-23-2015, 10:15 AM
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15 years later and we still get new advice. Nice.
Old 10-23-2015, 02:24 PM
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Run warm water over the lenses first to dislodge larger particles. Put a small amount of dish soap between your thumb and forefinger, coat the lenses, and swab them under the warm water stream. Rinse with more warm water. Shake off as much water as possible and blot dry with a cotton towel.
Old 10-23-2015, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mahaloth View Post
15 years later and we still get new advice. Nice.
Well, the OP, though long since banned, was seeking the best way to clean eyeglasses, not just a "reasonably good"'way. To me, that leaves the question open unto the vast reaches of eternity.
Old 10-23-2015, 04:57 PM
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Last week I sprayed a masonry sealant (siloxane) on our chimney. It was windy and some siloxane got on my glasses.

Soap and water wouldn't remove it. Alcohol didn't work, either.

Acetone did the job perfectly.
Old 10-23-2015, 10:06 PM
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Dishwashing liquid and a fine and/or microfiber cloth.


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