I have been shortsighted since my teen years and have had a love-hate relationship with glasses. As I have grown older though, I have begun to actually get quite fond my spectacles ‘cos they hide my eye bags and delay the need for me to invest in Botox, while at the same time, allowing me to accessorize my outfits according to my mood. 

If you wear glasses, you know there is really nothing quite as frustrating as smeared lenses. Oh wait, I spoke/typed too soon – there is: it’s when you try to wipe away the smears only to make it worse!

spectaclesMy solution to this blood pressure raising problem is to give my spectacles a bath with a tiny bit of dish soap several times a day. The dish soap cuts through the grease without scratching the lenses. Just be sure to use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe them dry, because kitchen towel and tissue can and will scratch your lenses.

However, when you are out and about, like I am being a writer and all that, its handy to have a bottle of lens cleaning solution in your bag. Instead of buying the commercial stuff that is highly over-priced, I opt for a more zero waste option of making my own cleaning solution, which I can also then use to clean other things like mirrors, windows, TV screens etc, pretty much anything that’s got glass in it.

What you will need 

  • 40% Water (filtered)
  • 60% Isopropyl Alcohol 70%
  • A Spray Bottle

Add the water and alcohol into the spray bottle, shake the mixture and spritz away to your heart’s content. Once again, be sure to use a microfibre cloth to prevent scratching your lenses. If you are stuck and really need to clean your lenses, a soft 3-ply facial tissue does the job.