How to Disinfect Your Eyewear

Amanda Schafer

Cleaning Your Eyewear

Have you been sanitizing your hands, but not your glasses? Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Your eyeglasses and sunglasses act as a barrier between you and others, so plenty of germs will get on them throughout the day. Even if you’re trying to avoid touching your face, you are bound to adjust or take off your glasses at some point. While doing that, you’re spreading the germs from your glasses onto your hands. Regularly cleaning your glasses is important to preventing poor eye health, spreading germs, and scratching your lenses.

Steps to Disinfect Your Eyewear

  1. Wash Your Hands
    Use lotion-free soap to thoroughly clean your hands.
  2. Rinse Your Glasses
    Use warm water to rinse your glasses and free them of any debris.
  3. Apply Soap
    Rub your glasses frame and lenses with a drop of lotion-free dishwashing soap.
  4. Rinse Again
    Wash your glasses under warm water to get rid of any soap.
  5. Dry Your Glasses
    With a clean lint-free towel or microfiber cloth, completely dry your glasses frame and lenses.

Soap and water is the most effective way to disinfect your eyewear. If you’re on the go and in need of a touch up, use an individually packaged moistened lens cleaning wipe. Rubbing your glasses on your shirt throughout the day is not how you should be cleaning your glasses! Using clothing to wipe your glasses will potentially scratch the lenses because of the material of the clothing. Using paper products, like paper towels, can also damage your lenses and leave lint. Use an eyeglass case when your glasses are not being worn to prevent any scratches or smudges and protect them from dust and debris.

Amanda Schafer

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda works hard at balancing her passion for writing and marketing. She is a Pittsburgh native that just recently moved to Columbus and enjoys doing just about anything outdoors from going on hikes to taking her dog for walks around the city.

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