How to Properly Clean and Sanitize Your Eyeglasses

Medical experts cannot stress enough the dire importance of cleaning and sanitation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is a time when prudence and vigilance are required from everyone. That is why you should not overlook the importance of washing and decontaminating properly, especially when it comes to your eyeglasses. If you want to make sure your eyeglasses are free from pathogens, here are effective ways to clean and sanitize your eyeglasses.

Cleaning Your Frames

Recent studies show that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases is influenced directly by how well you practice hygiene and disinfection. The frames of your eyeglasses always get in contact with your hands, so it is best to pay extra attention to them. Use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water to remove the oil and dirt from the hinges and nose pads. Get into the area where the frame meets the lenses and remove as much grime as you can. Make sure you avoid touching your lenses with the bristles. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry your frames.

Cleaning Your Lenses

You should never use lens cleaners that have ammonia. Take note that your eyeglass lenses have several coatings that chemicals can damage easily. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly first before you start cleaning your glasses. This will prevent your lenses from getting scratched by the debris on your hands. Use a dishwashing liquid detergent and warm water. With your fingers, wash your lenses and then rinse them with cool water. Use a microfiber cloth to dry them completely. For quicker cleaning, use a lens cleaner and a microfiber cloth. You can also opt for pre-packed moist wipes to clean your lenses.


To decrease the number of pathogens on a specific surface to a safe level based on public health standards, you should sanitize. Most health experts maintain that using water and dishwashing liquid is a method potent enough to kill COVID-19 and other pathogens. It may be an extremely simple solution, but it is highly effective. The combination of water and dishwashing soap is also safe to use on every component of your eyeglasses.

You can make a homemade lens cleaner as well. Do this by filling a spray bottle with three parts rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of dishwashing soap. You then top the mixture off with regular tap water. Eye specialists advise that you can choose a 70 percent alcohol solution to clean your lenses. Just be careful not to let it touch your frames because it might remove the dyes of the frame. If your eyeglass cleaning solution has some alcohol, then you can use it to disinfect your eyeglasses as well.

Research establishes that COVID-19 can survive for up to three days on stainless steel and plastic, which are materials used to make certain types of eyewear. Cleaning your glasses with dishwashing soap and warm water can remove impurities and any pathogens effectively.

Here at Urban Optics, we can provide cleaning and sanitizing solutions that are safe for your glasses. If you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries, please contact us at 979-401-0800. You can also visit our clinic in College Station, Texas, for a walk-in consultation.

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