The main way I clean my filthy glasses is to lick them and then wipe them on my shirt. This effectively smears the gunk on my glasses and causes me to gag at the smell of my own breath all day. Rinsing them off in water is a better bet, but then I don’t wipe them off completely and am left with water droplets, and again, smears, that cause my vision to look all weird outside my glasses (so I lick them and start the whole process all over again).
Being the cheap person that I am, I decided to make my own glasses cleaner. I already have a glasses cleaner cloth, so I was halfway there. I have an empty spray bottle (I tend to collect them) so I was well on my way to having what I needed to make my own glasses cleaner, and finally be able to see clearly without issues.
Having plastic frames and super cheap plastic lenses (the ones Wal-Mart sells for like $20, typically durable and cheap for kids’ eye wear), I was concerned about rubbing alcohol or harsh soaps that may or may not damage my frames or eat through my lenses. So what did I do? Turned to my tried-and-true miracle cleaning tool for nearly everything- vinegar and water.
For a glasses spray I dilute the vinegar down to 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water. I can easily spray my lenses with the cheap homemade spray and then wipe them off with the glasses towel I have (using paper towels or harsh cloths and towels can damage or scratch the lenses), and voila! Clean glasses! Yes, they stink like vinegar for about 3 minutes, but as always, once the vinegar fades there is no smell whatsoever, and all the sweat, grease, food stains, smears, and who knows what is off my glasses and frames in 2 quick spritzes.
Simply take any empty, clean spray bottle and fill it with 1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water and shake to mix. Spray 1 spritz per lens and wipe completely off with a glasses cleaner towel (or a soft cloth). Clean specs in no time, without the cost of a glasses cleaner at the store! Vinegar not only cleans the glasses, but kills bacteria that stores on the nose pieces and frames, making your lenses super clean.
You can buy a spray bottle at any dollar store in a variety of sizes, or just make sure an old spray bottle in your home is cleaned out so you can turn it into a glasses spray. I even sprayed hair spray on my lenses to test out the strength of the vinegar and water glasses cleaner, and the spots washed right off without smearing. Yay!