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How to Clean Blue Light Glasses in 7 Easy Steps

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Cleaning Eyeglass

Blue light filters can be helpful for people who spend a great deal of time using the computer1 or watching television. They help filter out the blue light emanating from the screens and monitor, which may reduce fatigue and eye strain. However, since these glasses don’t correct your vision, they’re often flimsy and not as durable as a standard pair of glasses, which causes many people to worry that they might damage them when cleaning off fingerprints and smudges. If you’d like to know the best way to keep your blue light glasses clean, keep reading as we provide you with a step-by-step guide.


Before starting any project, it’s best to prepare all your materials so you don’t have to stop midway through to make adjustments or get supplies. Fortunately, cleaning your blue light filtering sunglasses will not require many materials. Water and a drop of Dawn dish detergent are good for most people and are inexpensive. You can also use a commercial lens cleaner. Either way, you will need at least one clean microfiber cloth.

Tools and Supplies

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  • Water
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Commercial lens cleaner
  • One or two clean microfiber cloths
  • Soft bristle toothbrush

Soap and Water Method

1. Wash and Dry Your Hands

The first step to cleaning your blue light glasses is washing and drying your hands. This will help remove any oils that might transfer to the lens and make your job harder.

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2. Rinse the Glasses With Clean Water

The next step is to carefully hold the blue light glasses by the frames, rinsing them with warm water. Warm water will help break up oils better than cold water, but if it’s too hot, it can bend the plastic frame, especially if it is a flimsy pair.

3. Add a Small Amount of Soap

Once you rinse the frames, add a small drop of Dawn dish soap to each lens. This soap does a great job of breaking up oils and grease to help get your lenses clean and free of smudges.

4. Rub in a Circular Motion

Use your fingers to rub in a circular motion to create a lather that covers the entire lens front and back. You can also lather up the frame to get the area clean.

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5. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Sometimes, dirt builds up in the hinges where the arms fold. If this has happened, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently remove any grime.

6. Rinse With Warm Water

Once you are finished scrubbing the frame, you can rinse the glasses under warm water to remove the soap.

7. Dry

Dry the glasses by rubbing them gently with a clean microfiber cloth.

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Lens Cleaner Method

Spray on Cleaning Solution

If you intend to use a commercial lens cleaner, the best option is to follow the instructions on the package. Most require you to spray the product onto both sides of the lenses.

Wipe Clean With a Microfiber Cloth

Wipe the lenses dry with a clean microfiber cloth to remove the cleaning solution, dirt, and smudges.

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Tips for Keeping the Lenses Clean

  • Keep your blue filter glasses in a storage container when you’re not using them.
  • Only wear your blue light glasses when sitting in front of a television or monitor.
  • Make it a point to never to touch the lenses while wearing the glasses.
  • Never use your clothes to clean your glasses.
  • Never put saliva or even hot breath on the lenses; it can damage the sensitive coating.
  • Never use any detergent besides Dawn soap or commercial lens cleaner

Summing Up

The steps outlined here will help you keep your blue light glasses’ lenses smudge free without damaging them so you can get back to your work or games. We prefer the soap-and-water method because it’s inexpensive and convenient.

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About the Author Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who contributes to a wide range of blogs covering information on computer programming, pets, birding, tools, fitness, guitars, and optics. Outside of writing, Ed is often found working in the garden or performing DIY projects in the house. Ed is also a musician, spending his time composing music for independent films or helping people repair their guitars.