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Everything I Use to Keep My Glasses Spick-and-Span

Best Cleaning Accessories for Glasses 2018
The smartest way to get cleaner glasses. Photo: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

It’s now spring, which means it’s also the season of cleaning and organization. There’s something particularly alarming about emerging from the winter doldrums to find that your home is a dusty, cluttered mess. To help you (and us) with sprucing up and restoring order, we’re talking to professionals and experts this week all about the best tricks and tools.

My life has gotten seriously better this year, and here’s why: I decided to finally take my eye doctor’s advice to wear my glasses as much as possible. Wearing glasses that often, though, also means my spectacles are often getting greasy, smudged, and streaked. After purchasing (and discarding) multiple spray cleaners, polishing cloths, storage systems, and gadgets, I’ve finally hit on the perfect arsenal for keeping my grimy glasses crystal clear (and right where I can find them) all day long.

My eyelashes are constantly brushing up against the lenses of my glasses, causing them to get filthy within an hour of putting them on. After a lot of trial and error, I can report with 100 percent certainty that the very best eyeglass cleaner currently on the market is made by Shield, and is available in a handy two-pack that includes a mini-bottle perfect for stashing in your purse or tote bag.

It cuts through oil like crazy and leaves zero streaks — even on lenses with hard-to-clean anti-reflective coatings. While most lens cleaners tend to just smear around the oil, this stuff cuts right through it (and removes it) while still being gentle enough not to scratch the lenses. And even if your glasses don’t get smeared and greasy like mine, you should still be cleaning them every few days — lenses, frames, and all. That cloudy, impossible-to-get-off film that gets on plastic or acetate frames? It’s actually the frames breaking down from body oils, hairspray, and environmental grime. This helps mitigate it.

Using the right lens cleaner is only hal