This post was originally published August, 2012 and was updated August, 2018.
How do you clean your eyeglasses? With just plain old water? With window cleaner? Or maybe you just breathe on them to steam them up a bit and then grab the corner of your shirt and start rubbing? All of these methods will work to some extent, but you can make your life a little easier (and your glasses a whole lot cleaner!) with a bottle of this homemade eyeglass cleaning solution.
I first decided to make my own eyeglass cleaner several years ago when I had some little spots on my lenses that weren’t coming off with just a quick rinse with water under the faucet. It turned out those spots were the mist from hairspray settling on my glasses. I needed something that would get rid of those stubborn spots and this homemade cleaner did the trick.
Let’s take a closer look:
How To Make Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner
The method I use to make my own eyeglass cleaner is to use a simple 50/50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol with a tiny squirt of dish soap added in too. I put my mixture in a small 2 oz mist bottle and don’t take the time to measure. I just fill my little bottle half way with rubbing alcohol, fill it the rest of the way with water, and finish up with a tiny squirt of dish soap. I then give it a gentle shake to mix things together and it’s done!
You can buy fancy eyeglass cleaners and pay anywhere from $5 to $20 a bottle. This homemade solution for cleaning eyeglasses can be made for just pennies and is certainly just as effective.
What About The Alcohol?
There have been some questions about the alcohol in this mixture and if it is safe for lenses.
I can only respond with my own personal experience using this mixture and it has not been a problem for me. I have been happily using it for several years and it’s done a fine job with no damage to my lenses. However, I do not have transition lenses or the anti-glare coating on my lenses. Also after about two or three years, I’ve been needing to get my prescription updated and so I don’t keep a pair of eyeglasses much longer than that at this point in my life anyway.
If you have concerns about using the alcohol with any of the special type of lenses, you could try using a little less alcohol in the mixture or try leaving the alcohol out and just using a mixture of mildly soapy water in your spray bottle.
Interestingly enough, I recently had to purchase a new pair of glasses and they gave me a little complimentary cleaning kit and various papers to take home with me. So I’m reading my papers and there was a note on there not to use alcohol. BUT – then I read the ingredients on the little free bottle of cleaner they gave me and it says “contains alcohol”. So go figure! They were saying one thing, but doing the opposite.
No wonder we can’t figure out what to do!
Again, I will just say that my experience with this cleaner has been positive. (In fact, I make it in larger batches and use it as a homemade glass and mirror cleaner for around the house too!) For me, the rubbing alcohol gives it the extra boost to really get the glasses clean, especially from the pesky hairspray residue that creates problems for me. It’s been a very simple and frugal way to make a homemade version of the store bought eyeglass cleaners.
Here’s how to do it:
Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner
- 1 oz Rubbing Alcohol (70% Isopropryl)
- 1 oz Water
- Tiny Squirt Dish Soap
- Small 2 oz Mist Bottle
- Pour the rubbing alcohol and the water into your bottle
- Add a tiny squirt of dish soap.
- Put the top on your bottle and give it a gentle shake to combine the ingredients.
- To use: squirt onto your lens and wipe off with a soft cloth.