How to Clean Glasses

We want our spectacles to look clean and crisp in order to give an impressive visual. The lenses should also appear sparkling at any angle when on hands. A dirty or an unclean pair of eyeglasses may give an opposite effect to the person wearing it. We keep the glasses very neat, but there are times when it gets dirty and we don’t pay attention to it.

Wash your hands thoroughly

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Wipe the lenses with a microfiber cloth or lens cleaning tissue.
  • Apply a small amount of lens cleaner to the cloth and gently wipe the lenses. Do not use paper towels, which can leave lint on the lenses. Do not spray cleaners directly on the glasses; instead, spray them into a tissue or onto a soft cloth and then clean the glasses with that moistened surface.
  • Use a dry microfiber cloth or lens cleaning tissue to remove any remaining streaks from your lenses.

Rinse your lenses under a stream of lukewarm tap water

  • Cleaning your glasses is important, but it can be time consuming. Here are some tips on how to clean glasses quickly and easily:
  • Rinse your lenses under a stream of lukewarm tap water. Use a small amount of liquid detergent or eye drops to remove any dirt, grime or smudges. Rinse the lenses again and then dry them with a lint-free cloth or paper towel
  • If there’s no way around it, you can use a cotton ball saturated with rubbing alcohol to clean your glasses.
  • Rubbing alcohol will help remove stains and residue that has built up on the lenses over time. Be sure to rinse off any excess rubbing alcohol after cleaning so it doesn’t get into your eyes while wearing the glasses.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or face to avoid getting germs on

Dab a drop of mild dishwashing detergent onto the lenses

  • Cleaning your eyeglasses is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. If you have the right tools and materials, it’s even easier.
  • The first thing to do is make sure that your glasses are clean and dry. You can wash your eyeglasses with mild dishwashing detergent, but if they have any scratches or other imperfections, you should use rubbing alcohol instead.

Here’s how to clean glasses:

  • Dab a drop of mild dishwashing detergent onto the lenses.
  • Rub it in with a soft cloth or paper towel until they’re totally clean. You don’t need much soap — just enough to get them wet so it can break down any dirt or grime on the surface of your glasses.
  • Rinse them off with warm water, then wipe them dry with another soft cloth or paper towel.

Gently rub the lenses clean with your fingers

If you wear glasses, you know how important it is to keep them clean. But if you don’t wear contacts or have been wearing the same prescription for years, your eyes could be more sensitive than you realize. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to clean glasses.

  • Gently rub the lenses clean with your fingers. If there are smudges or dirt on the lenses, gently rub them off with a cloth or soft tissue. Do not use paper towels, tissues or toilet paper because these products can scratch your glasses.
  • If you’re using a microfiber cloth to wipe down your glasses, be sure to only use it in one direction otherwise you’ll scratch the lens coating and make things worse!
  • Don’t point your face into the sun while cleaning this can cause dangerous sun damage

Rinse the lenses thoroughly

  • Remove any fingerprints by wiping them with a microfiber cloth or lens cleaning pad.
  • Apply a small amount of dish soap to the cloth and gently rub around the lenses until they are free of dirt and smudges. Rinse well with clean water and dry them with a microfiber cloth or lens cleaning pad.
  • Clean between the frames and lenses by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or eyeglass cleaner. If you have stubborn dirt that won’t come off, try using an eyeglass cleaning kit to get rid of it.
  • Cleaning glasses on your own can be time-consuming and difficult, but it’s important to keep your lenses clean so you can see clearly all day long.

Using a specialized lens cleaning solution or detergent

If you have hard water deposits on your lenses, then you may want to try using a specialty lens cleaner such as Visine for Eyes or Clear Care Instant Lenses Solution by Bausch + Lomb. These solutions are designed specifically for eye care products and are safe for use on most lenses.

They contain ingredients like glycerin and sodium borate that work to dissolve minerals from hard water deposits while leaving no residue behind once they’re rinsed away with warm water (and sometimes soap).

Never clean your glasses with your shirt

  • Never clean your glasses with your shirt. The fabric can scratch or leave lint on the lenses, which can be dangerous if you need to drive or see clearly while performing another task that requires you to look through them.
  • Use a microfiber cloth instead. Microfiber cloths are soft, extremely absorbent, and don’t leave behind any fibers or lint on your glasses. They’re also easy to wash so you can use one for each pair of lenses.
  • Clean both sides of the lenses at once (or as soon as possible after cleaning one side). You don’t want dirt or other debris from one side getting onto the other side when you’re cleaning it later because it can cause scratches.


Although cleaning glasses regularly does not require a lot of effort, it does make it easier for you to keep your glasses free of dirt and other materials that can potentially damage the finish. Make sure to clean the frame with a microfiber cloth regularly. That way, you can avoid problems with the frame getting scratched or otherwise damaged.