Wearing glasses can suck for a lot of reasons. Not only do you get called four eyes, but if anything happens to the lenses, you're effectively blind. You're rendered completely useless, and you know you would not survive in the wild on your own.
Even if you baby your glasses, they can still be prone to getting scratched. Even if you keep your glasses in a case when they're not on your face (which is easy to remember because it rhymes), those expensive pair of lenses you paid good money for can get all scuffed up. There's just no winning with glasses.
Because you're so dependent on your glasses to provide you with the gift of sight, scratches on your glasses can be the worst thing in the world. But fortunately, there are plenty of at-home tips you can try to get rid of those damn scratches for good! And no, you don't have to chuck out our old pair!
You clean your teeth with it, but did you know toothpaste can also be used to clean your glasses? Put a dab of toothpaste (the regular non-whitening, non-gel variety) on a cotton ball. Apply the cotton ball to your glasses lenses for about ten seconds and voila! Cleaner, scratch-free glasses!
Baking soda + your glasses = a recipe for cleaner lenses! First, clean your glasses with a microfiber cloth. Then, make a paste by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of water. Apply the paste to your lenses using a slight pressure, then rinse.
Dish soap can be used to clear up scratches from your glasses. Just run your glasses under water and rub with dish soap. As a bonus, this will get off any grease from your eyewear. You know, just in case you dunked them in bacon fat.
White vinegar is an excellent natural, non-toxic cleaner (despite the vinegar-y smell). You can use it to clean virtually any item around the house — including your glasses. Mix white vinegar and baking soda to create a cleanser for your glasses. Use this mix to buff your glasses.
Baby shampoo promises no more tears and no more scratches. Put a drop of baby shampoo on a microfiber cloth, and use it to buff your glasses. As a bonus, the gentle baby shampoo can remove any build up your lenses have accumulated. Plus it will leave them smoother than a baby's behind!
Rubbing alcohol can be combined with a gentle abrasive to clean glasses. Apply to a microfiber rag or mix it with baking soda, then give your glasses a good buff. But don't drink it! Rubbing alcohol is not regular alcohol. We're adults. We should know that by now.
No, your glasses are not brass. Yes, you can clean them with brass polish. Just make sure the polish does not contain acetone. Acetone can harm the coating on the lenses. So read the label before you pour it all over your expensive eyewear!
This sounds weird. We know. But hear us out. Put half a teaspoon of car wax on a microfiber cloth. Buff the glasses with the car wax. Rinse, and you're done! Bonus: any leftover wax can be used on your Camaro.
While there are so many different things you can chose from to clean your glasses —more, even, than you ever thought possible — there are several items you absolutely shout not use to clean your lenses. Don't use anything that contains anti-bacterial agents. Don't use hand creams. Also, some household cleaners, perfumes, hairspray and anything with acetone (like nail polish remover) can hurt the coating on your lenses. Which totally defeats the point of cleaning them.
Now that your glasses are clean and clear and under control, get out there and see the world! Go look at things you wouldn't normally be able to see without the aid of lenses! Your beautiful, shiny, scratch-free lenses!