Unless you live in a world of marshmallows and pillows, you will most likely encounter a scratch on your eyeglasses. This problem is widespread. No matter how hard you try to take care of your glasses, they do endure some wear and tear.
Dust particles and dirt are the main culprits that cause scuffs and scratches on your glasses. It can also happen if you do not clean your lenses with the proper material or habitually do not store them in their protective case.
More often than not, you probably set them on the countertop or table when they should be put in their case. And for most, it’s hard to resist the urge to reach for your shirttails to clean the lenses. But the fine dirt particles in your shirttails are enough to scratch your glasses. Plus, this habit is very unhygienic for your eyes.
Another mistake that people often make is using window cleaner and other such products to clean their glasses. You must understand that there’s a difference between the window glass and corrective lenses.
Just like your skin, your glasses need some TLC from time to time. Keeping your eyeglasses and other eyewear clean is important for your eyes. And if you have a little scratch on a lens, you don’t need to throw your glasses away.
Here are three ways by which you can remove scratches from glasses using just 1 ingredient. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult.
Note: Use these methods to remove minor scratches only. If there are major scratches, you’ll probably need to have the lens replaced.
Method 1: Toothpaste
Brightening your smile is just one of the things your toothpaste can do. It’s time to broaden your outlook on this household commodity.
Non-abrasive, non-gel toothpaste can also help remove scratches from glasses. It works by filling up the gaps in the scratches and polishing the surface of the lenses. In case the scratches are deep, you may need to repeat the process 2 to 3 times.
You can also use toothpaste to clean and shine your home.
Single-Step Method: Rub toothpaste on the scratches & wipe it off
- Use a clean microfiber cloth to remove any dust particles from the surface of the lenses.
- Dab a bit of toothpaste on the lenses.
- Rub it on the scratches using circular motions for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the toothpaste from the lenses using a microfiber cloth.
- You can also rinse the lenses with cold water and wipe them dry.
Method 2: Baking Soda
Baking soda, a versatile household ingredient, is used in a lot of home remedies for a variety of purposes. It can be used to clean your entire house, from the dirty tile floors to the crusted showerhead in the bathroom.
You can also use baking soda to remove scuffs and scratches from your glasses. While the white powder is an extremely mild abrasive, it can easily dislodge particles and buff away scuffs and scratches on your lenses.
Step 1. Prepare a baking soda solution
- Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a bowl.
- Add enough water to make a thick paste.
- Stir it well.
Step 2. Rub the paste on the scratches & wipe it off
- Clean the lenses with a cotton ball first.
- Apply the paste on the scratches.
- Gently rub the paste on the lenses using circular motions for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Wipe off the paste using a microfiber cloth.
Method 3: Sunscreen
You might have to see it to believe it, but you can just use your sunscreen to remove scratches from glasses. Sunscreen with an SPF of 45 is perfect for the job. It has fine aluminum powder in its composition, which effectively buffs out scratches on your glasses.
Note: Using sunscreen is only recommended for plastic lenses.
Single-Step Method: Rub the sunscreen on the lenses & wipe it off
- Put a blob of sunscreen on the lenses.
- Rub it all over the surface using circular motions.
- Wipe off the sunscreen using a microfiber cloth.
- Repeat these steps if the scratches are stubborn.
- Baby oil can also be used as a gentle polish to remove scratches from glasses. Just apply a small dollop to the lenses, rub it around and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
- Brass and silver polish or furniture spray can also be used to remove scratches from your eyeglasses.
- A paste made of powdered mustard and vinegar in 1:1 ratio also works well. Rub it on your lenses using circular motions. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, then dry the lenses using a microfiber cloth.
- Refrain from touching the lenses of your glasses when not cleaning them, as this leaves unpleasant fingerprints on your lenses.