DIY

How To Clean Your Sunglasses Using Nothing But Lip Balm

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Lip balm is the unofficial MVP of summer beauty products, hands down. It’s useful for so much more than soothing chapped lips, from moisturizing skin to taming flyaways.

Oh, and did I mention it can also be used to restore your sunglasses’ shine? Yes, really.

This life hack is simple: Just take your favorite sunglasses — the ones that have gotten super grimy after months of sweaty summertime use — and rub a plain, waxy lip balm directly onto each side of the lens. Wipe it around with a clean cloth. When you’re done, your lenses will not only be clean and free of the aforementioned grime but also protected from future gunk, with the lip balm serving as a protective barrier.

(Bonus: It prevents your lenses from fogging up, too!)

Sound too good to be true? It’s not: Dr. Nita Landry demonstrated the nifty trick on a recent segment of The Doctors.

It’s “like waxing your car,” her co-host Dr. Andrew Gordon observed. “I wonder if this would work on my Bentley.”

Honestly, it might! Lip balm has been proven to clean other surfaces, including computer screens. Unfortunately for Dr. Andrew, though, no lip balm is large enough to clean an entire Bentley cost-effectively. Womp womp.

Try this hack on your own sunglasses and let us know how it works out!

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