In this tech-heavy age, it’s more important than ever to protect your peepers. But as prescription glasses wearers can attest, any glasses get dirty at the drop of a hat. The same goes for your protective blue light glasses. But cleaning blue light glasses is far easier than you might think.
Dish Soap & Warm Water
A great way to get rid of the oils, dirt, makeup, and bacteria that might be lingering on your lenses is to clean them using a mild, non-moisturizing dish soap and warm water.
Materials You’ll Need
- Mild dish soap
- Warm water
- Microfiber cloth
- Rinse the glasses under warm water.
- Put a dab of dish soap on the inside of each lens.
- Dab a little bit on your thumb, and using your middle finger and thumb, gently rub circles into each of the lenses. Make sure you cover the entire lens so you don’t miss any spots.
- Rinse the lenses under warm water to remove all the excess soap.
- Dry with a microfiber cloth.
You can also use this cleaning method on prescription glasses that have a blue light-blocking coating on them.
Lens Cleaner & Microfiber Cloth
Arguably easier, but sometimes less effective, is cleaning your glasses with a lens cleaner and microfiber cloth. You might’ve gotten a small microfiber cloth in the packaging when you bought your glasses, and this is what it was made for!
Just take that lens cleaner and spritz it across the front and back of the lenses. Then, using the same circular motion with the middle finger and thumb, rub the cleaner into the lenses. Polish any streaks away with an unused part of the cloth.
Cleaning Methods That’ll Damage Your Blue Light Glasses
It’s pretty hard to mess up cleaning your blue light-blocking glasses, but there are three major things you can do that’ll wreck them.
Using Moisturizing Dish Soap
Moisturizing dish soap might be great for your hands, but it’ll leave streaks galore on your lenses. No matter how much you clean them, they’ll always be hazy. So, do yourself a favor and stick with the non-moisturizing dish soap.
Using Boiling Water
Although using boiling water to cleanse your glasses might sound like a good idea, the heat can strip away the coating and damage (or even melt) the frames. If the water is steaming, you probably shouldn’t put it on your glasses.
Using Automotive or Home Glass Cleaners
Professional window cleaners aren't designed to be put on coated lenses, and they can eat away at the coating or discolor the frames.
4 Tips to Keep Your Blue Light-Blocking Glasses Clean
Besides not dunking your head directly in the mud, here are a few ways to keep your blue light-blocking glasses clean for longer.
- Wash them frequently. If you’re only wearing them every so often, it’s easy to put up with the smudges for weeks on end. But this will only make them harder to clean.
- Store them in a proper case. Prevent dirt and scratches by storing your blue light-blocking glasses in a proper eyeglass case when you’re not using them.
- Wash any microfiber cloths often. Typically, your glasses won’t be dirty enough to leave actual streaks behind on the cleaning cloths. But that doesn’t mean they’re not just as dirty. Wash them every week, and they’ll do a much better job cleaning your lenses.
- Clean them before you put them away. It’s just a good habit to start practicing. It’ll leave you with crisp and clear glasses whenever you need them.
Get That Squeegeed Shine
Blue light-blocking glasses only work well if they’re properly cleaned. But what’s common knowledge for prescription glasses wearers might be new for those blessed with 20/20 vision. Thankfully, it’s incredibly easy to keep your blue light glasses clean.