Do 3D-Glasses Need a Clean-Up?

With regard to the reusable 3D glasses, it is necessary to clean it up after uses. However, nothing is truly sterile in the world.


3D movie glasses makes you feel like you can reach out and touch the action, but you may be making contact of a different kind when you wear them-with the germs of those who wore or handled the glasses before you.

Through most cinemas say the glasses are cleaned in between users, good housekeeping tested glasses at seven theaters in the New York-New Jersey Connecticut area and found that not one of them was sterile.

“We’re always looking for things that might be of interest to our readers,” says Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances and cleaning products at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. “Given the popularity of 3D movies like ‘Avatar’, we thought this something we should look into.”

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested seven pairs of movie theater 3D glasses, both wrapped in plastic and unwrapped, and found a number of germs, including those causing conjunctivitis, skin infections, food poisoning, sepsis and pneumonia.

“We expected to find general bacteria–nothing is sterile, but staph is not something to take lightly.” Forte says.

“We are not saying that these glasses will make you sick, but kids touch the glasses, touch their eyes and mouths—the potential is there,” she adds.

This study causes the argument of many people. The person who worked in a theater argued ” we clean and sanitize our 3D glasses in an industrial dishwasher after every show. It seems to me that this study screams to the heavens ’3D glasses are going to make you sick’ and doesn’t put the proper emphasis on the fact that NOTHING IS TRULY STERILE.”

“I never really worried about it. The arms of the seats are just as bad, worse because they have been there for years and I hardly think they ever get cleaned” said by one audience.

“No matter how clean the 3D glasses are! It is worthwhile to clean the glasses yourself if you are concerned about germs or if you have a weakened immune system to begin with, says Trait Tech, home of 3D glasses of China. For a child, it is more perfect to purchase a new 3D glass when going to watch the movies.

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