It’s frustrating, isn’t it? You spend tons of money on your glasses — whether they’re for the sun, for reading, or for overall sight — and expect them to last you years. But within a few days, you develop a scratch, and then another and then another.

It’s seemingly endless. Even if its a minor scratch at first, it can obstruct your vision at crucial moments and end up causing larger issues.

Luckily, we’ve laid out a few of our favorite hacks to get your glasses back to like-brand-new-shape. Check out a few of our tips and tricks below:

Baby Wash
Try using a dab of delicate baby wash with a gentle cloth on the lenses of your glasses. Using something like a microfiber cloth to buff out scratches will help rid your glasses of the pesky dings. This kind of chemical-free, gentle soap won’t leave gross buildup on your lenses, either.

Dish Soap and Glass Cleaner
Want an even cheaper solution? Run to your kitchen and grab a carton of your favorite dish soap as well as a streak-free, lemon cleaner. Mix the two together in a small bowl and use a cloth to buff the stains, dirt, and grime off the lenses of your glasses.

Rubbing Alcohol
Everyone has rubbing alcohol in their cabinets, but most people aren’t aware it’s one of the best glasses cleaners around. If you combine rubbing alcohol with an abrasive — but gentle — substance like baking soda and use a paper towel or microfiber rag, you’ll be able to take care of scratches, dirt, and dust in a jiffy.

Brass Polish
You may not have brass polish lying around the house, but as a glasses owner, it might be worth invest in some. Using brass polish on your lenses and frames can help to remove tiny, shallow scratches, as well as scrub away nasty stuck-on dirt. One of the biggest things you should watch out for though (with this and with any product) is that your mixture does not contain acetone. This can stain your glasses permanently.

Car Wax
Take a soft cloth and your favorite car wax and go to town on your lenses! Using this formula can help to remove gross buildup on your glasses as well as remove very shallow scratches on the lenses. Just make sure to rinse with water afterward to avoid any buildup.

Soap and Water
After this, you’ll never have an excuse for dirty, scratched-up

glasses again. Mix a little hand soap and warm water together, dab a microfiber cloth into the mix, and get to cleaning up. Want to take it a step further? Add baking soda to the mixture for a gentle scrub.

Toothpaste Buffer
Of all the household items you can put on your lenses to buff out scratches, we bet you never thought to include toothpaste. The only caveat with this trick? You have to use a non-abrasive toothpaste on your glasses — if you don’t, you risk scratching your lenses further. To make sure you’re not buying abrasive toothpaste, avoid anything that includes whitening or plaque removal agents. Check the Radioactive Dentin Abrasiveness level, too. Anything that’s listed below 70 or 80 is a good choice for your lenses!

Baking Soda
As we’ve mentioned before, baking soda can be a great gentle, but abrasive, element to add to your eyeglass cleaning concoctions. It’s easy to use, most people have it in their cupboards, and it only requires warm water to make a helpful, cleansing paste. Scrub the mix onto your glasses with a microfiber rag, rinse your lenses, sit back, and watch your glasses glow like new.

Glass Etching Cream
This might seem like an obvious choice, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know that glass etching cream can help rid your lenses of pesky scratches.

Metal Polish
Like with the other recommendations we’ve offered, go with a low-abrasive or non-abrasive metal polish. With this polish, it might take some time to get the scratches out, but be patient! Rub it on your lenses and buff out carefully with cotton balls, then give your glasses a good rinse with warm water and rubbing alcohol to clean off any buildup from the polish.


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