Whether you have vision problems or wear glasses just because it's trendy, you probably have a few pairs in the bottom of your drawer because they are too scratched, and you can't see anymore.
When you think about the price of these accessories in general, it's really frustrating! Not everyone can afford to visit their optometrist too often!
If you are looking for ways to resuscitate your damaged glasses, you should know that there are solutions. Before you go buy others or throw your beautiful damaged glasses, try these homemade recipes!
Carefully follow the instructions below, using common household items. Since some lenses have a special coating, think about the best methods for your glasses.
1. Furniture polish
Your favorite lemon-scented furniture spray acts as a compound to fill in scratches. Among the internet community, Pledge seems to be the clear winner. Spray a little onto a soft rag, and buff out the scuffs and scratches.
2. Baking soda
Versatile product, baking soda can come to the rescue for minor or major scratches. Make a thick paste with baking soda and water and rub it on your lenses in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
3. The sunscreen
You can't see through your lenses? Try to use sunscreen with a SPF of 45 to get rid of the worn-off coating. Using a soft cloth, apply some sunscreen on both sides of the lenses and polish until the coating comes off. Note that this will take time and this method is only recommended for plastic lenses.
4. The toothpaste
The toothpaste can be used as a buffing agent for minor scratches. Choose one that’s non-abrasive and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals for whitening or coloring. A basic toothpaste! With a cotton ball or a soft cloth, rub the toothpaste on the lens in a circular motion, for about 10 seconds, then rinse with cold water. You may need to start again for deeper scratches.
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5. The car wax
Like furniture spray, car wax serves as a compound that can buff out marks. People who have tried it swear by Turtle wax and soft wool buffers. Polish away in a small circles for scratch removal on plastic lenses. You may need to repeat this method after a few weeks.
6. The glass etching cream
Use only on plastic or polycarbonate lenses. Etching cream operates by removing scratched coating from lenses. Hold the glasses by the frame and apply a small dollop on the lens, being careful not to get any on the frame. Rub for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
7. Dry mustard and vinegar
Make a dough with powdered mustard and vinegar. Apply it with a cotton ball in a circular motion and rinse. Mustard is an eye irritant, so rinse thoroughly and keep your fingers away from your face.
8. The metal polish
With a clean cloth, gently rub liquid metal polish on the lenses to get rid of scratches. Then wipe them with rubbing alcohol. This technique works best for small, superficial scratches and it’s suggested for mirrored sunglasses.
9. Baby oil
Some people use baby oil as a gentle polish for scratches or scuffs. Rub a small drop on the lens until the scratch disappears.
To clean your glasses, use white vinegar or a mild dish soap to dissolve debris.