How to Get Rid of Green Stuff on Glasses

Remove green film that accumulates on glass frames with common household cleaners.
Remove green film that accumulates on glass frames with common household cleaners. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When air and moisture cause metal eyeglass frames to oxidize, an unsightly green film can accumulate on the frames, lenses and nose pads. If the green film covers the nose pad, your best bet is to have it replaced. If you can't afford a new pair of frames, remove what oxidation left behind with a few tools and general household cleaners.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Cotton swab
  • Toothbrush
  • Spray bottle
  • Pre-moistened alcohol wipes

Fill a bowl with warm water. Add three to four drops of mild liquid detergent and 1 tsp. of baking soda. Swirl together until the mixture becomes soapy.

Dip a microfiber cloth into the bowl. Wipe the entire eyeglass frame and nose piece with the cloth. Dampen the tip of a cotton swab and wipe inside and around the lenses to clean hard-to-reach places.

Moisten a tough-bristled toothbrush with the mixture and gently scrub the nose pad if the green film cannot be removed solely with the cloth.

Soak the glasses in the soap mixture overnight to remove grime and accumulated facial oils.

Rinse eyeglasses in warm water. Gently dry them with a soft towel or a special eyeglass-cleaning cloth. Refrain from using paper towels or tissues, which can leave fibers on the lenses.

Repeat the soaking regime weekly to prevent more green film buildup on the frames. Clean the nose pads with pre-moistened alcohol pads when needed.

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