I have had to wear glasses / contacts daily since the 5th grade. Close to 20 years later, I finally got the guts to do Lasik surgery – and let me just tell you, it ranks in my top 10 best life decisions. Even though I am not wearing corrective glasses regularly like I used to, as a SoCal native I still wear sunglasses every single day. And with that, the compulsive need to wipe any and all smudges from my lenses remains!
Instead of carrying single use lens wipes, I carry a small spray bottle of DIY eyeglass cleaner spray and a very small microfiber cloth. This combo is stored easily in my purse or the glove compartment in my car and eliminates any need for more wasteful, individually wrapped wipes
How to make your own eyeglass cleaner
This eyeglass lens cleaner is extremely simple to make and calls for inexpensive ingredients you are very likely to already have on hand!
- 3 parts Isopropyl Alcohol
- 1 part Water (distilled or filtered is preferred)
- 1-2 drops Dish Soap
- Small (2oz) Spray Bottle
- Small microfiber cloth (I store mine in my glasses case!)
Combine all of your ingredients in your small spray bottle.
Do not spray this directly on your lenses! Instead, spray on your microfiber cloth first, then use the damp cloth to wipe away smudges from your eyeglass lenses.
Use the rest of your bottle of isopropyl alcohol in recipes like:
Keeping Your Microfiber Clean
Whether you choose to use a microfiber cloth, or a square from an old, soft cotton t-shirt, you are going to want to use a clean cloth to wipe your glasses! Cotton cloths can be laundered the same way you would launder cotton clothing.
Microfiber should be laundered separately from other fabrics. Because microfiber is formulated to grab on to lint and dirt, if it is laundered with other linty fabrics, your microfiber will be full of lint after washing.
Additionally, if you choose to machine dry your microfiber, do so on a low or no heat setting. Microfiber is made from synthetic materials that you might melt/damage in a hot dryer.
Lastly, when drying in a dryer do not use dryer sheets or dryer balls. Both of these items will reduce static cling, which is what you want to do with clothes and towels. But with microfiber, you want to keep all of the static cling! That is what makes them such effective cleaning tools so save dryer sheets and dryer balls for all other laundry loads.526