It seems that my glasses always need cleaning. It doesn’t matter if I just spent time wiping them, within seconds they are smudged, scratched or dirty.
I love the lens wipes sold by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, but I am hesitant to spend the extra cash for individually packaged wipes. So when I found out that Dollar Tree had began to carry their own brand, I grabbed a package to give them a try.
Dollar Tree’s Spectacle Wipes make a few claims. They claim you can remove a wipe and reseal the package, thereby keeping them fresh and clean for your next use. They also claim that you can clean your glasses without smearing.
The wipes are billed perfect for use on all lens types. That includes coated lenses and sunglasses. The claim goes on to include computer screens, CDs, DVDs, and mobile phones.
Are those claims factual? Let’s take a look:
Dollar Tree’s Spectacle Wipes come in a single package with a small slit opening in the center. The label also serves as a pull back seal to supposedly keep the wipes damp, clean and fresh.
While it is easy to open the package by pulling back the label, it is virtually impossible to get the wipes out of the slit provided. Even my friend, who has longer nails than mine, struggled with freeing a wipe from its prison. She ended up pulling out two at a time. Since the extra wipe could not be returned to the package, it was wasted.
The label does close back down over the slit as promise. However, with the seal broken, the closure is no longer airtight and the wipes left inside the package don’t last long. Therefore, for ease of packaging, Dollar Tree’s Spectacle Wipes only get 2 stars.
If you can free a wipe from the package, they do allow you to clean your glasses quickly and easily. The process is relatively smear free, although I can’t say it was completely smudge free. So for that claim, this product only gets 4 stars.
I tried a wipe on my reading glasses, my sunglasses, and my specially coated sunglasses. It worked well on all three surfaces; winning it 5 stars.
I also used a wipe on my computer screen. It worked well there as well, for another 5 stars.
I was not impressed with the packaging of these Spectacle Wipes for marketing purposes. Not only was the delivery system flawed, the package itself left a lot to be desired. While it was small, measuring only 7 Â½” by 3 Â½” by 1/8″, it was still a little large to carry in a pocket or small purse.
The coloring was also rather blah, done in shades of blue and gray with black and white lettering. Additionally, there was little information about the wipes provided on the packaging. All of that, combined with the reseal difficulty earned only 2 stars here.
There are 20 wipes in each package. The cost is $1 per package or $.5 per wipe. That wouldn’t be a bad deal but for the fact that anywhere from one-third to one-half of the wipes will likely be wasted. That makes Dollar Tree’s Spectacle Wipes no better a bargain than Wal-Mart’s or Sam’s Lens Wipes. They only earn 2 stars here.
That is a total of 20 stars in six categories for an average rating of 3.2 stars. That is only slightly above average.
Each wipe measures 8.5″ by 6″. Ingredients in each wipe include deionized pure water; 8% of ethyl alcohol and 2% sodium lauroyl sarcosinate and isopropyl alcohol. They also contain .5% of triethanolamine and citric acid; .3% of chloride and .2% of kathon-4.
Dollar Tree’s Spectacle Wipes are made in China and distributed by Greenbriar International, Inc. of Chesapeake, Virginia.