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Removing Cloudy Film on Glass

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Apple shaped and stemmed glass dishes after cleaning.

Mineral deposits and detergents can build up on glass and result in an ugly white film. This is a guide about removing cloudy film on glass.


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Tip: Removing the Cloudy Film from Old Windows

To clean old windows that have a cloudy film, use Easy Off oven cleaner or any other that has LYE in it. Wet the window pane with wet cloth and spray oven cleaner over area. Leave set a minute or so and wipe off. If the film is not entirely off then repeat or leave on a little longer. I got this tip from a professional window washer. He also stated that a fine steel wool and straight ammonia will also remove the cloudiness from window panes if it isn't inside a double insulated window.

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Here are questions related to Removing Cloudy Film on Glass.

Question: White Film on Glass Bowl

I have a small, old glass bowl that was my mother's. I would like to know how to clean the whitish film from it. I have tried using vinegar and hot water with no success and wonder if anyone can help me. Perhaps a baking soda mixture may do the trick? Thanks for any help you may be able to give to me.

By fanceefree


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By Janene [1]05/12/2009

Use LemiShine from Walmart. Works in dishwasher. Great stuff. Got the film off all of my dishes/glasses so now I use it all the time. Look for it with the dishwasher detergents.

Question: Cleaning Cloudy Aquarium Glass

I got a really great deal on a 40 gallon aqaurium setup. I have noticed the tank glass is cloudy, and need some solutions to properly clean the glass. I have tried vinegar and warm water without success. I would really appreciate any help.


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By Cassie [20]03/24/2011

The aquarium that I got from my sister had the cloudy look and rings in it and I took just plain baking soda and scrubbed the glass real good and it cleaned right up and rinsed real good to be sure I got all of the baking soda out.

Question: Removing Cloudy Film on Glass Bowls

I bought some clear bowls from the thrift store. They are really nice, however they have this film on them like they have been sitting in the cupboard for years. I have washed them in the dishwasher, used CLR on them, soaked them in hot vinegar and I still have a film although it seems to be getting better. Does anyone have another suggestion? I really like these bowls, but I guess I always have the alternative of throwing them away. Help!

By AnnMarie G.

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By Susan Mickelson [6]03/26/2012

I have used denture cleaning tablets to clean up glass vases/glasses and such. If the bowls are glass, try this. If they are etched, maybe a glass polishing and good washing would improve them. Good luck. I have many "treasures" from thrift stores. Love them!

Question: Cloudy Stain on Glass Table

Our new clear glass table top, has a cloudy stain on it after we had dinner on it one day. The problem is this stain is unremovable, I've tried a razor, lighter fluid, nailpolish remover and nothing has budged it. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before, or do you have any solutions?


By helene

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By DEBY [18]01/12/2010

Try CLR, it is unbelievable stuff, just do the whole glass then rinse well.

Question: Cloudy Film on Glassware

I have tried soaking clear glass dishes and tumblers with vinegar and water, and that took off a little, but there is still more on them. Any ideas?

By Judith