Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses – Household Solutions

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Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses > Contact Lenses

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. To clean soft contact lenses, mix one-quarter teaspoon Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and your regular disinfectant solution to make a paste in the cupped palm your hand. Dip each contact lens in the paste and gently rub with your finger. Rinse thoroughly.

Close-Up Classic Red Gel Toothpaste. To clean hard contact lenses, use a dab of Close-Up Classic Red Gel Toothpaste and rinse thoroughly. Close-Up does not contain any grit and works wonderfully.

Glad Flexible Straws, Johnson & Johnson Cotton Balls, and Scotch Transparent Tape. To rescue a contact lens accidentally dropped down the drain of the sink, use Scotch Trans parent Tape to make a long stick from two or three Glad Flexible Straws and attach a cotton ball at one end. Insert the end of the stick with the cotton ball down the drain and fish for the contact lens, which will stick to the cotton.

L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose. If you lose a contact lens in the carpeting, cut off the toe from a clean, used pair of L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose, use it to cover the end of a vacuum cleaner hose attachment, and secure it in place with a few rubber bands. Vacuum an inch above the carpet, frequently checking the panty hose to see if you’ve sucked up the contact lens.

Lemon Joy. In a pinch, you can use a drop of Lemon Joy and water to clean hard or gas permeable contact lenses.

Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses > Defogging

Bioré Facial Cleansing Cloths. To prevent a pair of eyeglasses from fogging up, wipe both sides of the lenses clean with a Bioré Facial Cleansing Cloth.

Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste. Polish both sides of the lenses of eyeglasses with a dab of Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste. Colgate Toothpaste prevents the lenses from fogging up.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Rub a small drop of Dawn Dish- washing Liquid on both sides of the eyeglass lenses and then wipe them clean. The thin film of soap left behind prevents the lenses from fogging up.

Gillette Foamy. Keep eyeglasses from fogging up by rubbing a small dab of Gillette Foamy shaving cream over both sides of the eyeglass lenses and then wiping them clean. The residual film of condensed soap prevents the lenses from fogging up.

Pledge. Spraying both sides of the eyeglass lenses with Pledge furniture polish and then wiping them clean prevents the lenses from fogging up.

SPAM. To prevent a pair of eyeglasses from fogging up, wipe the lenses with a piece of SPAM luncheon meat and buff clean. The oils in the SPAM stop the glasses from fogging.

Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses > Eyeglasses

Bounce. To clean a pair of eyeglasses, wipe the lenses with a clean, used sheet of Bounce. The mildly abrasive dryer sheets clean the lenses without scratching.

Coca-Cola. To clean grime from a pair of eyeglasses, pour Coca-Cola over the eyeglasses and rinse clean with water. The phosphoric acid cleans the grunge from the eyewear.

Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste. Polish the lenses of eyeglasses with a dab of Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste. Colgate Toothpaste—a mild abrasive strong enough to clean teeth without harming the enamel—gently cleans glasses and removes scuff marks from the lenses.

Heinz White Vinegar. Use a drop of Heinz White Vinegar to clean glass lenses on eyeglasses. (Do not use vinegar on plastic lenses because the acetic acid may etch into them.)

Huggies Baby Wipes. To clean eyeglasses with plastic lenses, wipe clean with a Huggies Baby Wipe.

Lysol Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner. To clean stubborn grease and grime from a pair of eyeglasses, spray the eyewear with Lysol Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner, wait five minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.

Mr. Coffee Filters. Mr. Coffee Filters, made from 100 percent virgin paper, do an excellent job cleaning eyeglass lenses with out leaving behind any lint.

Pledge. To clean eyeglasses, spray Pledge on a soft, clean cloth and wipe clean. The Pledge also prevents the glasses from fogging up.

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer. Put a dab of Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer on a tissue and polish the lenses of your eye glasses, simultaneously cleaning them and sanitizing them.

Smirnoff Vodka. To clean a pair of eyeglasses, put a drop of Smirnoff Vodka on each lens and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Stayfree Maxi Pads. In a pinch, you can wipe the lenses of a pair of eyeglasses clean with an unused Stayfree Maxi Pad.

Tampax Tampons. To clean grime from the lenses of a pair of eyeglasses, rub the glass with an unused Tampax Tampon. The cotton absorbs the grease, without leaving behind any lint.

Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses > Repairing

Band-Aid Bandages. If your eyeglasses break, use a Band-Aid Bandage to adhere them back together temporarily.

Forster Toothpicks. To temporarily replace the lost screw from the hinge of your eyeglasses, slip a Forster Toothpick through the screw hole until you can get the glasses fixed properly.

Maybelline Express Finish Clear Nail Polish. To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Express Finish Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Oral-B Dental Floss. If the screw from the hinge of your eye glasses is lost, tie a piece of Oral-B Dental Floss through the screw holes for a temporary repair until you can get the glasses fixed properly.

Scotch Transparent Tape. To temporarily hold a cracked lens in place, use a small piece of Scotch Transparent Tape.

Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum. If a lens in your eyeglasses is loose, use a small piece of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum (well-chewed so all the sugar is gone) in the corner of the lens to hold it in place. In a pinch, you can also use a well-chewed piece of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum to hold together a pair of eyeglasses broken at the nose bridge.

Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses > Scratches

ChapStick. To clean a scuff mark from an eyeglass lens, rub a little ChapStick lip balm over the mark and buff clean.

Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste. To clean a scuff mark from the lenses of eyeglasses, rub a dab of Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste over the mark and buff well.

Jif Peanut Butter. To clean a scuff mark from eyeglasses, rub a dab of Jif Peanut Butter (creamy, not chunky) on the lens and wipe clean. The oils in the peanut butter clean any stray marks.

Pledge. To clean a scuff mark from eyeglasses, spray a small amount of Pledge furniture polish on the lens and buff clean.

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer. To clean a scuff mark from eyeglasses, put a few drops of Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, the soapless, antibacterial hand sanitizer, on the lens and buff clean