The How to, Best, and Cheap Way to Clean Your Glasses – And a Warning to Never Use Paper Products for Drying


It is amazing how many people ruin their glasses every year. Before they know it, the lenses are full of scratches and need to be replaced.

This page is as much about what not to do as well as do when it comes to cleaning glasses.

Many lenses are made of polycarbonate or other plastics. Kleenex, paper towels, and other paper products scratch plastic. For some reason, many optometrists do not automatically volunteer this information when giving you your new glasses.

How Do I Clean My Glasses?

  1. I run them under the faucet.
  2. Moisten my fingers and rub them on a non-abrasive soap bar.
  3. Lightly rub and soap the lenses, surrounding frames and nose pads.
  4. Run the lenses under the faucet again, lightly rubbing them with my thumb and fingers until all the soap residue is completely gone.
  5. Then rub them dry with a nice, clean, big, fluffy bath towel or equivalent.
And that’s all there is to it.

Did I mention...
  • Never use Kleenex or other tissues.
  • Never use paper towels.
  • Never use any paper-based products whatsoever.
Paper products do indeed scratch plastic.

Hopefully this page will save at least one person unnecessary grief, aggravation, and expense.

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