Removing salt spray on sunglasses can be a real pain in the butt

Salt spray on sunglasses is the bane of every small boat angler.

As a professional fishing guide for 30 years, I have had to remove salt spray from sunglasses maybe 30 times a day.

Modern fishing shirts and polyester jumpers just seem to smear it.

The cleaning cloths provided soon get wet and salty with the end result being more smears.

Even towels don’t work unless you wash them off first with freshwater. Which is often in short supply on a boat or kayak.

In short, it smears, it dries, you can’t see your sounder. It’s simply annoying in every way.

Salt spray on sunglasses is the bane of every small boat angler

Salt spray on sunglasses is the bane of every small boat angler. Does this picture look familiar to you? If so read on…

But after many years of trial and error, I discovered a simple, cheap, easy and EFFECTIVE way to remove salt spray from sunglasses.

The answer is….

Soft toilet paper.

Seriously I have tried everything and this really works.

Not the Chuck Norris type stuff you get in public toilets (that don’t take S#!% from anyone).

Good old Sorbent or any other soft version.

You know… the one your wife prefers to use on her underparts.

A perfect balance of softness and strength will remove salt spray on sunglasses with no smears and no freshwater required!

Take a look at the video for a demo on exactly how to use it.


Now I realise that sunglasses manufacturers usually state that using paper-based products is a no no on your sunnies.

But I have never had an issue in the many years since I first discovered it.

And I've been on the water every day for 30 years as a charter guide.

In my opinion, soft toilet paper is the only way to remove salt spray from sunglasses.

Unless you want to use a ton of freshwater or put up with dried smears.

Just be wary of one thing...

Don't use toilet paper once the salt has dried without wetting the lens first.

Otherwise, you may scratch the lenses as dried salt is very abrasive.

The advantage of the dunny paper is you don't need freshwater to wet the lens.

Because toilet paper will dry them smear-free and clear as a bell (maybe just a few bits of fluff that will blow off) even after dunking in saltwater.

Go on try it!

I would love to hear the result in the comments below.

You can also use it to clean salt spray off your sounder screen.


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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Paul Merriman

    Reply Reply August 9, 2019

    Been using dunny paper about five years now keeps glasses crystal clear

  • John de speville

    Reply Reply August 8, 2019

    The best way to clean sea spray on sunglasses is with saliva.Just lick the glasses several time and let it dry.We have been doing this for over 40 years in Mauritius

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