I have been using graded eyeglasses ever since I was a teenager in order to correct my defective vision, a condition I inherited from my parents and from reading too much. Not being able to afford a laser eye treatment costing hundreds of dollars to get back my eyes to its 20/20 vision, I have been constantly wearing eyeglasses to be able to see from afar as well as to read even the small prints. Wearing eyeglasses all the time, however, creates the problem for me of having to clean my eyeglass lenses many times during the day due to their constant exposure to dust and other pollutants. Commercial or branded eyeglass cleaners are kind of expensive. But I found out that eyeglass cleaners actually contain basic ingredients that are easily found in your emergency kit or even in your kitchen. And so I resorted to making my own homemade eyeglass cleaner. Here is how you can do it, too.
- You will need the following: small plastic or glass containers with spray nozzle or dropper, rubbing alcohol, dishwashing detergent, and tap water.
- Prepare the containers. Clean the container thoroughly by washing it in warm, soapy water. Rinse well then dry completely before using.
- Mix the ingredients. Fill your plastic or glass container ¾ full with ordinary rubbing alcohol and ¼ tap water. Mix two drops of dishwashing detergent into the mixture of water and alcohol. Put back the cap or sprayer, and then shake the container gently without producing any bubbles. You now have a homemade eyeglass cleaner!
- Use the mixture to clean your eyeglasses. You can now use your eyeglass cleaner either by spraying the cleaning solution lightly or placing a few drops on each side of both lenses and then gently wiping the mixture off with a soft lint-free cotton or microfiber cloth, rubbing in circular motion until the solution dries up and the lenses become clear once again.
- Preventing scratches on your eyeglass lenses. Cleaning your eyeglasses, however, has its downside. And that is, cleaning your eyeglasses without scratching them, which they say is the only thing harder than finding your eyeglasses perched on top of your forehead. It is therefore important to know that any hard or coarse material that you use on your eyeglasses can cause deep scratches that may already be hard to erase. Knowing what kind of lens you have on your eyeglasses before cleaning them is also important in preventing scratches.
- A caution. There are several types of lenses that manufacturers use in making eyeglasses. There are simple plastic or trivex lenses as well as polycarbonate or glass lenses. There are also different classes of coated or tinted lenses. All of these lenses may need different kind of eyeglass cleaners other than what you have just learned to make. So consult your Optician should you happen to have specialty lenses for your eyeglasses.
Sometimes, we don’t have to look far when it comes to saving some money for everyday, ordinary expense. All we have to do is look at what we see through the dirty lens of our eyeglasses.