How to [Easily] Clean Your Camera Lens [in 8 Steps]

How to [Easily] Clean a Camera Lens [in 8 Steps]

Want to learn the proper way to clean a camera lens? If you’re tired of your photos looking blurry or having to spend hours trying to clean them up yourself, then read this guide. This will help you take care of those problems and make sure that your camera stays working at its best.

How to Keep a Camera Lens Clean

A camera lens is one of the most important pieces of equipment for a photographer, and it is important to keep it clean. There are a few simple steps that can be taken to clean a camera lens.

First, it is important to use a soft, lint-free cloth to polish the lens after every use. A microfiber cloth is ideal for this purpose and you should always have one in your camera bag. Never use a paper towel or anything else that could scratch your lens.

Second, if there are any smudges or fingerprints on the lens, they can be removed with a Lens Pen. These pens have a soft brush on one end and a cleaning pad on the other, and they are safe to use on lenses.

Third, if the lens is very dirty, it can be cleaned with a Lens Cleaning Solution. This should be done carefully, as too much solution can damage the lens coating. Once the solution has been applied, the lens should be wiped with a microfiber cloth until it is dry.

By following these simple steps after every use, you can keep your camera lens clean and free from damage.

  1. Remove the lens from the camera.
  2. Wipe the lens clean with a soft, dry cloth.
  3. Blower the lens to clean it .
  4. Use a cleaning fluid or water to moisten the cloth and swab the lens.
  5. Check the rear lens if you need to clean off any dust.
  6. If so, use a brush to remove any dust particles.
  7. Close the front and back lens cover.
  8. If you live in an area with high humidity, you can store your lenses in a dry cabinet or humidity cabinet to avoid fungus.

How to clean your lens with Lens Cleaning Fluid

If you have a really dirty lens, use Lens Cleaning Fluid, first remove any dust or dirt from the lens with a soft, dry cloth. Then, apply a few drops of the fluid to a clean, soft cloth and gently swab the lens in a circular motion. Be sure to avoid getting any fluid on the camera body or other parts of the lens.

If you want to know how to clean with lens cleaning fluid, start by applying the cleaning fluid to cleaning tissues or microfiber cloths. You can either use a lens cleaning cloth or a clean cotton handkerchief when cleaning the surface of your lenses.

Can You Use Hand Sanitizer to Clean Camera Lens?

No you can’t use hand sanitizer to clean your camera lens. Just be sure to use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to avoid scratching the lens.

  1. It might seem like a harmless way to clean your lens, but the texture and components in hand sanitizer can actually damage the glass.
  2. Hand sanitizers can smudge and ruined lenses: The texture and components in hand sanitizer can leave residue on your lens.
  3. Use an approved cleaner: Use an approved cleaner from a cleaning kit instead of using hand sanitizer to clean your lenses.

Clean a camera lens with a Soft-Bristled Brush

lens blower wit brush

A soft-bristled brush is the best tool for cleaning your camera lens. A can of compressed air can also be used to blow away any dust particles that may be on the lens. Your first step should always be to remove any dust or dirt on the front lens with either of these. Be sure to brush in a circular motion to avoid scratching the lens. If there are smudges or streaks on your lens glass, use a cleaning solution and a clean, soft lens cleaning tissue starting from the edge of the lens.

Clean a camera lens with an Air Blower

lens blower

To clean your DSLR camera lens with an air blower, hold the air blower about 6 inches away from the lens and give it a few short blasts of air to remove any particles. Finally, use a lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any smudges or fingerprints.

1. Squeeze the air blower bulb to produce a puff of air.

2. Aim the nozzle of the air blower at the lens of the camera.

3. Hold the camera steady while blasting the air onto the lens.

Can You Repair a Scratched Camera Lens?

Some apparent scratches are repairable. Dip a microfiber cloth into a cleaning solution. Gently rub the scratch until it disappears. You can also apply a little Vaseline to a microfiber cloth and gently rub the scratch in circular motions.

As a last resort, If the scratch is still visible, you could try applying a little toothpaste to a microfiber cloth and gently rubbing the scratch in circular motions. This can however make things worse, so only use this as a last resort with cheap lenses!

Can You Use Windex to Clean a Camera Lens?

A camera lens can be cleaned in several ways, depending on the amount of dirt and grime. For a simple cleaning, a blower can be used to remove dust and dirt from the surface of the lens. If the lens is more dirty, a lens cleaning solution can be sprayed on the lens and wiped off with a microfiber cloth. Windex is often used, but it’s possible that this might damage your lens coating which helps with issues like lens flare, and reflections.

What can I use to clean lens fungus?

If there is fungus on the lens, exposure to UV light may kill it. For stubborn fungus, mix white vinegar and water and clean it away with a soft cloth. If the fungus is inside the lens, take it to a camera repair centre to have the lens cleaned thoroughly.

How to Clean a Camera Lens Without Lens Cleaner

  1. Wet the microfiber cloth with distilled, warm water and wring it out.
  2. Place the damp cloth on the camera lens.
  3. Squeeze the cloth to create a mist on the lens surface.
  4. Breathe onto the lens to fog it up.
  5. Wipe the lens in circular strokes, starting from the center and working your way outward.
  6. Take your time while cleaning the lens, and be sure to cover all areas of the lens surface.
  7. Finish by drying off the lens element with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
  8. Store the lens in a lens bag or case.

With Microfiber Cloth and Lens Wipes

To clean your camera lens with a microfiber cloth, simply wipe the lens with the cloth in a circular motion. For best results, use a dry microfiber cloth. If the lens is particularly dirty, you can dampen the cloth with water or Lens Cleaning Solution.

To clean your camera lens with lens wipes, simply wipe the lens with a dampened wipe in a circular motion. For best results, use a Lens Cleaning Solution designed for camera lenses.

How Often Should You Clean a Camera Lens?

You should clean your camera lens every time you notice dust, smudges, lint, or water spots on the front element of the lens. To clean the lens, remove the lens cap and use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe the surface of the lens. If there are stubborn spots that won’t come off with a dry cloth, you can use a slightly dampened cloth. Once you’ve cleaned the front and rear elements of the lens, mount the lens back onto the camera body and check both elements again for any spots that may have been missed.

It’s also important to check the lens regularly during active rain, on a windy day, or in any other conditions that may introduce smudges or foreign objects onto the surface of the lens. In these situations, it’s best to perform a quick camera-lens cleaning as needed to prevent any dirt or debris from getting onto your sensor or affecting your images.

Best way to clean a dirty camera & Lenes

  1. Start by removing the lens cap and any other attachments.
  2. With a soft, clean cloth, gently wipe away any fingerprints, smudges, or dirt on the lens surface.
  3. For more stubborn grime, breathe on the lens to slightly fog it up and then wipe with the cloth again.
  4. Never use spit or anything else wet to clean your lens! Water droplets can easily damage delicate lens coatings.
  5. If you need to use a cleaning solution, choose one designed specifically for camera lenses and apply it to a microfiber cloth, ever directly on the lens itself. Gently wipe in a circular motion until the solution is gone and the spot is removed.
  6. To clean inside your camera body and remove dust from your sensor (the digital equivalent of film), you’ll need a blower brush or compressed air canister . Get a sensor cleaning kit if the sensor has stubborn dust or grime.
  7. With the camera body open, hold it upside down so that any dust will fall out instead of going deeper into the camera.
  8. Get a sensor cleaning kit if the sensor has stubborn dust or grime.


By following these easy steps, you can clean your camera lens quickly and easily. By keeping your lens clean, you’ll ensure that your photos always look their best.

wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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