How to Clean Eyeglasses: It is impossible to focus on the task at hand with spots and streaks on all of your goals. But really, dirty glasses can also have a negative impact on your health. According to a 2018 study, bacteria can grow on the nose pads and ear clips of glasses. Leading to staph and other infections skin problems. This is why it is better to clean and disinfect your glasses regularly. By daily cleaning of your glasses and weekly frames, you will see more clearly and be less prone to bacterial infections. You do not know where to start? Take advice from Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning laboratory, on how to clean glasses without damaging them.
How to clean and disinfect glasses
The microfiber cloth provided in most glasses cases is just the beginning. Follow this three-step approach to remove stains, streaks or marks on your lenses and disinfect frames of different materials.
- Rinse the lenses with warm water to remove any debris or dirt from the surface. If you have polycarbonate lenses or lenses with coatings, use a specific spray for glasses like Koala Kleaner. If not, try a mild dish soap, such as Dawn Ultra Liquid Dish Soap, if your lenses are oily. Make sure to avoid any dish soap containing lotions or similar moisturizing ingredients.
- Carefully dry the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth or a cloth specially designed for the lenses.
- To kill germs on the ear and nose pieces, run a Clorox disinfectant wipe along the frame.
If you often find yourself with stained glasses on the go, put a pack of Care Touch Lens cleaning wipes in your car or purse. While these individually wrapped wipes don’t clean and disinfect as well as the three-step method, they are a solid option when you’re in a pinch.
How to Avoid Scratching Your Glasses While You Clean
We understand: Sometimes you don’t have lens cleaning wipes on hand or the ability to wash your lenses with dish soap. If you don’t use the right products, chances are you will damage your lenses and frames in the long run. Avoid using acetone-based products (think: nail polish remover) to clean the lenses or wipe the wet lenses with paper towels, handkerchiefs or your shirt fabric.