Cleaning your safety glasses is just as important as wearing them since dirty, blurry, and damaged glasses can not only impair your vision but may potentially represent a greater risk to your eyes than protecting them.
However, it is not uncommon for eyeglass cleaners to be pricey or to run out in times of need!
Well, our today’s post will assist you in dealing with both scenarios.
In this post, I’ll show you how to produce some simple and efficient DIY Homemade Safety Glass Cleaner Solutions in seconds!
A simple mixture of household materials such as distilled water, dish soap, vinegar, mild shampoo, and so on will address the problem of dirty lenses!
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Why Should You Avoid Using Alcohol On Glasses
Many eyeglasses are now made with some kind of coating on the lenses.
Anti-scratch, anti-reflective, and anti-fog coatings are examples of these coatings.
Many eyeglasses are now made with some kind of coating on the lenses. Anti-scratch, anti-reflective, and anti-fog coatings are examples of these coatings.
The makers of these coatings typically do not advocate cleaning your eyeglasses with alcohol on a regular basis. Ammonia and several window-cleaning chemicals are also not recommended. They do, however, prescribe soap and water.
Making Your Homemade Alcohol-Free Eyeglass Cleaner
Although dish soap can be used, I find that a thinner cleaner is less messy and much simpler to rinse off. Some dish soaps include petroleum compounds, which are unnecessary for eyeglass cleaning.
This dish is as mild as they come. All eyeglass coatings should be safe. It is also simple to make.
We only need two fundamental ingredients:
- Distilled Water Additive-Free Baby Wash
- Use a baby shampoo that does not contain shea butter or cocoa butter. These moisturisers will leave your glasses with a foggy residue. That is not what we desire.
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber Cloth
- Storage Container (I try to re use jam and pickle jars)
Making Your Glasses Cleaner
2 cups pure water, measured and poured into the container of your choosing If you intend to employ a funnel, make certain that it is clean. There should be no grit or dirt in our eyeglass cleaning.
Fill the container with 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of the baby wash. This results in a 1 to 8 soap-to-water ratio.
Turn the bottle upside-down and back upright several times to mix the cleaner until you don’t see any baby wash whirling around in the water. This is preferable to shaking since it produces fewer bubbles. Once combined, you may fill your little bottles from the large bottle.
Yes, you may create this combination using tap water if you want to use it to wash your glasses in the sink.
However, if you want to utilize this at your workplace or on the move, I recommend using pure water. Impurities or silt may be present in tap water. Because there is no-rinse, I like to use clean water.
It is critical to label your bottles so that others know what is inside. We don’t want anyone mistaking our transparent cleanser for water and drinking it!
It’s a pretty safe combination, but it’s probably not very tasty.
Alternative Cleaner – Vinegar
If you don’t mind the smell of vinegar, you can use it on your glasses lenses as is. No need to mix with water or anything.
Simply add vinegar to a spray bottle. Wash your glasses with cool water, dry off with paper towel, spray the lenses with vinegar, wipe off with a microfiber cloth.
How To Use The Lense Cleaner
The Sink Method
This is the finest method for cleaning your eyeglasses since you may rinse away any grit or debris before wiping the lens. This aids in the prevention of tiny scratches.
To begin, thoroughly rinse the glasses to eliminate any impurities or particles. Then, using your finger, wipe the lenses with the cleaner. Finally, rinse them under running water and pat them dry with a clean microfiber towel.
This cleanser will be much simpler to rinse off than heavy dish soap
Method of Spraying and Wiping
This is when you spray the cleaner over the lenses and quickly wipe it away using a cleaning cloth. This approach works, but it might ultimately cause small scratches on the lens, giving it a foggy look. It may not matter whether you replace your glasses every two years or so.
I’ve discovered that having two cleaning cloths helps. One for cleaning and the other for drying and polishing. It is difficult to achieve a decent polish with a single towel.
How Much Does Your DIY Lense Cleaner Cost?
For around $2.50, you can create a bit more than a gallon of this cleanser.
I found the lowest store-bought eyeglass cleaning at $2.88 for an 8 oz bottle. This equates to $46.00 per gallon!
This came as a surprise to me, and I had to double-check my arithmetic.
I then went online and saw some of the “good stuff” for $275.00 per gallon!
$275.00 a gallon for a product that is essentially water, rubbing alcohol, and soap!