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The Best Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

Fingerprints. Nose smudges. Dirt. Mystery spots. All of these can drive you crazy when they appear in your line of sight, thanks to dirty eyeglasses. But before you try to wipe them away with your shirttail, let’s talk about the best way to clean your eyeglasses without making a bigger mess!

How to clean your eyeglasses

For those of us who wear eyeglasses, cleaning them effectively can be a daily challenge. And while we’ve probably all done it in a moment of desperation, using the hem of your shirt or jacket isn’t the way to go.

In fact, the best way to clean your eyeglasses is rather simple. All you need is warm soapy water and a lint-free or microfiber cloth.

First, wash your hands. Second, rinse your glasses in warm water—not too hot or too cold, but just right. Third, add a drop of regular dish soap to the lenses.

Next, gently rub the soap on both sides of the lenses. Don’t forget to wash the earpieces too. Then rinse off the soap. Finally, dry the lenses and frames with a microfiber or lint-free cloth.

What not to do

While those steps walk you through the best way to clean your eyeglasses each day, there are a few key things to avoid too.

For example, remember those shirttails we mentioned? While they are meant to be tucked in, they are not meant to clean your glasses.

You should also avoid other rough fabrics and items, such as paper towels, toilet paper and tissues. These items can all leave behind permanent scratches that can’t be removed with cleaning.

Another common mistake, picking up the glass cleaner. Typically, glass cleaners or other products with acetone, for instance, might end up removing the special coatings you paid for.


To summarize, the best way to clean your eyeglasses is with good old-fashioned gentle dish soap and a lint-free cloth. If it’s time to replace old, scratched lenses or look at all-new frames, start by making an appointment at your local Mississippi Eye Care. For more industry news and eye care tips, keep reading our blogs!