Many people are wearing glasses as part of a fashion statement, but for some, it is not an option. Life without good vision can be hard, and glasses aren’t always the most elegant solution. They can fog up, slide down your nose, and cause you all sorts of grief. If you happen to be part of the “four-eyes” club, then you know these struggles all too well.
Thankfully, there are so many ways to make life easier for people that wear glasses – either out of necessity or fashion. Plus, most of them won’t cost you a dime!
Here are 42 life hacks that will really help people who wear glasses.
Buy some eyeshadow primer from your local drugstore (yes, you too, boys!) and dab a little on the bridge of your nose where your glasses sit. Not only does the primer prevent your eyeshadow from smudging or fading, but it helps your glasses stay on too. Slipping is a problem of the past.
Nothing is worse than stepping into a warm home after being outside in the cold weather because glasses for right up and you can’t see a thing! Prevent your glasses from fogging up with one simple trick. Rub a bar of soap on the lenses of your glasses, wipe it off with a small soft cloth. Just like magic — the glasses won’t fog anymore!
Taking your glasses off for a shower can leave you blind and squinting to read labels. Make life easier by placing a rubber band around your shampoo bottle so you can easily identify which bottle is which. No more accidentally putting body wash on your head and shampoo for shaving cream.
We already know how awesome duct tape is. Use glow in the dark duct tape to find your eyeglass case at night. Stick a strip of tape onto your case and it will emit a faint glow for you to find it in the middle of the night. Your life will be so much easier.
Stay away from harsh chemicals and make your own lens cleaner at home. Take a small spray bottle and mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water and 3 drops of dish soap; give it a good shake, and you’re ready to go! Make sure to use a soft cloth, like microfiber, to wipe your lens.
Toothpaste can be used for so many things—including revitalizing your glasses. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste to remove tiny scratches from your eyeglasses. Squeeze some toothpaste on the lenses and buff in a circular motion with a soft cloth. Rinse off the toothpaste, and they’ll be as good as new.
Notice that your glasses aren’t sitting on your face quite right? Place your glasses on a flat table to gauge the straightness and symmetry of the sides. Adjust until the glasses sit flat, with both sides resting on the table. Voila! Problem solved.
Listening to music with headphones while wearing glasses can become quite uncomfortable after a while—even painful. With this hack ,you can listen to music without a problem. Stuff more sponge inside the headphones and enjoy your tunes.
Maybe it’s not the nose piece that’s causing your glasses to slip, but the side pieces instead. There’s a hack for that. Prevent your glasses from sliding down your nose again by tying hair ties around the back of each arm. The ties will be behind your ears, so no one will even notice them.
Speaking of microfiber cloths. If you wear glasses, they should pretty much be your best friend. These cloths are the best way to clean your glasses, so keep plenty of them handy. You never know when you will need to clean your glasses again.
Clean your glasses with shaving cream whenever they get dirty. The soap leaves a protective film on the glass that prevents it from fogging. If there’s any residue left on the lenses, be sure to wipe it off completely using a soft microfiber cloth.
Dirty cloths won’t clean your glasses very well and if you clean your glasses often (which you should!) microfiber cloths can get dirty fairly quickly. Place the dirty cloths in a bowl of warm water. Add in some mild detergent and hand wash each thoroughly.
If you are far-sighted (have trouble seeing things up close), you can have your phone come to the resuce. Use your camera to magnify the world around you. If you are short-sighted, you will be able to find your glasses easily.
Ordinary clothing is often filled with dust, making it more likely that you will scratch your glasses than clean them. So, although it’s tempting to clean your glasses with your shirt or pants—don’t. Stick to soft, clean cloths instead.
Never use ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner to clean your glasses. Those chemicals will strip away the protective coatings on your lenses and they’ll be rendered pretty much useless after they get scratched up. Stick with the homemade or chemical-free solutions.
Aside from the tips we’ve already mentioned, there are lots of ways to keep your glasses from slipping down your nose. Use a wax, such as beeswax, to stop your glasses from sliding down. Apply the wax to the pads or bridge of your glasses.
This fun hack is similar to the one with duct tape, but this time we’re using glow-in-the-dark puffy paint! Place a small strip of glow in the dark paint on your glasses case so that you can easily find it at night.
This is only a temporary fix, but it will help a lot if you forgot your glasses for the day. Curl your pointer finger into a tight loop, like a little window for your eye. Whatever you’re trying to look at should appear much clearer. Don’t believe us? Check out this YouTube video.
Just like anything we use often, it’s best to perform regular maintenance on our belongings and possessions. Glasses are expected to get a little wear and tear over time. Little adjustments will help to ensure that your glasses always fit the shape of your face.
If your glasses keep sliding down, use both of your thumbs to push the nose pads together at the same time. Push them in until they are fitted to both sides of your nose.
Ever been overwhelmed by the hundreds of styles of glasses in an optometrist’s office? There are tons of styles out there, so be sure that you know which one is your favorite. Here is a chart for your convenience. It will help you pick out which one is best for your face.
If your glasses feel too tight, spread the nose pads open with your thumbs. Be sure not to let these pads cut off circulation in your nose.
When one lens is higher than the other, you just look off. When one lens is higher, bend the opposite temple arm down at its most adjustable point. If it is lower, bend the other temple arm up.
If one arm bends farther out than the other, your glasses probably won’t fit very comfortably. Use the hinges to get the arms even again. You will even look more polished.
Mix together dish soap and water, then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Now you have a cheap and easy cleaner for your glasses.
Waxes are great for preventing your glasses from sliding down your nose. Nerdwax is a popular product with great reviews. It will help your glasses to stay in place, making you look more polished.
Buying glasses from large corporations can be expensive, but plenty of online stores offer similar products at much cheaper prices. Save your money for something you really want.
Car wax can actually polish the scratches out of glasses. Apply half a tablespoon of car wax to a microfiber cloth and give the lenses a gentle scrub using circular motions. Buff out the remaining wax using a clean and dry portion of the cloth.
Combine a few drops of dish soap into a small bowl of window cleaner and mix together. Use a soft cloth to scrub your lenses with the cleaning mixture. Rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Since baby washes and shampoos are generally chemical-free, they are perfect for buffing out scratches. Just use a couple of drops with some warm water and scrub with your fingers or a soft cloth. This will also help prevent future buildup on the lenses.
This is a great trick for taking care of scratches. Create a paste of baking soda and water in a small bowl. Cover the entire lens with the paste and buff gently. Simply rinse with water, and you’re good to go.
White vinegar can be used to clean lots of things in the household – including your eyeglasses. Mix some baking soda and vinegar together and wait for the foaming to subside, use a soft cloth to buff out scratches with the mixture.
Brass polish could be the answer to removing stuck on debris and shallow scratches. Make sure to check the label though, if the product contains acetone, it could have the opposite effect and ruin your lenses.
Dab some plain old toothpaste (no gel or whitening) on a cotton ball and massage it into the scratched lenses for 10-15 seconds. Rinse and repeat if scratches remain.
Rubbing alcohol is an excellent ingredient for removing scratches – it just needs some help with a gentle abrasive like a microfiber cloth or a little bit of baking soda. It’s also a great way to give them a good clean even when there aren’t scratches to buff out.
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol or baking soda around, a simple solution of soap and water could help. You’ll need to have a microfiber cloth to help the scratches get polished out.
You can make your own cleaning solution from citrus and liquid soap. Mix together a tablespoon of liquid dish soap and a cup of citrus cleaner. Pour it into a quart of warm water, then spray a few times whenever you need to clean your glasses.
There’s a product for just about everything, including getting scratches out of glasses. If none of these DIY solutions are appealing to you, get your own scratch kit.