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Tap water in cities many times has chlorine in it. Well water would not.
Yes, this is tap water
I used it often to wash or rinse my eyeglasses, sometimes with soap, sometimes not
Chlorine dissolved in city tap water will not cause the glass of glasses, or the plastic in glasses if that is what you have, to emit any type of gas or irritating/harmful compounds.
You can continue to wash your glasses with water without worry. This is true even if you use any sort of household soap.
This will not cause any harm to your eyes at all.
Is there anything else you would like to discuss at this point or have all your questions been answered to your satisfaction?
Soap itself doesn't cause vapors either?
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In contact with glass, or by itself alone as a chemical
That is correct. All soaps will not cause any issues with glasses or by themselves.
OK. I'd been feeling eye irritation and didn't know what it was
Soap has a very low vapor pressure by it's nature....and gives off no toxic fumes. Of course, some soaps can irritate the eyes if you get it in them...but just rinsing it off will take care of this issue.
Last question (and unfortunately really unrelated): What about stink bugs
There are many of them
And they get on household surfaces
And I think that may have been it - indirect contact with eyeglasses by these insects
(touching a surface a stink bug touched)
Stink bugs, if they get in your eye can be irritating but just because they walk on your glasses would not be a problem
You should be OK touching a surface a stink bug touched. If the bug was killed on that surface I would just wash with soap and water to remove their chemical but it won't hurt you or your eyes.
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