I wear eyeglasses everyday. I have to use them to read and I spend a majority of my time reading, so I usually wear them all day long. Long ago, even before my zero-wasting efforts, I decided I wasn’t going to continually buy the solution needed to clean smudges and particles from glasses. With my first pair of glassss, I received a free bottle of cleaner. I have been using that bottle to refill ever since!
My recipe is simple: 1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol.
Originally I tried a recipe that contained the above, plus a drop of liquid soap. I used Dr. Bronner Castile soap in the solution. It left a film on my glasses, so I stopped putting soap in. I don’t find the soap necessary; the alcohol-water solution gets the job done.
I am lucky that my spray bottle continues to work after years of use. It isn’t sustainable to continually buy low-quality spray bottles that will just break after a few months of use. Look around your house and see if you have any small spray bottles you could put to use for this purpose. If you don’t already have a bottle, you can find small atomizer bottles online like those pictured above. Get one that is made of sustainable and recyclable materials (glass, for instance) and that is durable so you don’t have to replace it.
Another waste issue is the alcohol bottle. Really, the only way to reduce waste from the rubbing alcohol is to buy the largest bottle and make sure it’s recyclable.