How do I clean cloudy crystal glasses that had been put through a dishwasher?
By Carolyn from Sydney, Australia
I had the same problem for years. I asked the dishwasher repairman, he said my water temp was set too high, so I lowered that to 120. Didn't fix my problem tho. So I started trying different brands of dishwasher detergent. After many many tries, I finally stumbled on one that leaves my glasses sparkling! And believe it or not it's not even a real expensive brand either! I'll give you everything on the label:
Palmolive Gel Dishwaher Detergent ECO+ Phosphate Free. Lemon Splash scent. It has a picture of lemon slices splashing in water.
I've been using it for almost a year now and every one of my glasses are still sparkling clear. I don't remember if I got it at Wal Mart or at Dollar General. I think it was Dollar General.
It also does a great job of getting my dirtiest dishes clean. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has the problem of cloudy glassware.
Here's another fix (might not be available in Australia). A new company in Florida sells a product called CitriClean. More info or buy on line at www.CitriClean.net
Here's another fix. A new company in Florida sells a product called CitriClean. More info or buy on line at www.CitriClean.net
You add it to your detergent. It works great and you can get about 2 weeks of treatment for $10. And you use a lot less detergent.
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What can I do to get the cloudy look off my glasses from washing them in the dishwasher? Thank you.
By micheller1 from Brookhaven, MS
Using too much dishwashing detergent scratches the glass, and there is no cure for it. It never takes as much detergent for this and laundry too, as the containers recommend. They're in the business of selling the stuff, after all. Then they sell you the blue stuff to make dishes sparkle. (The same goes for dog food, by the way. Feed what the package instructions indicate and get a fat dog.) (09/26/2009)
Add 1 cup of white vinegar along with your detergent. (09/27/2009)
Sometimes the cloudiness is permanent. I can eventually get cloudiness and sort of a carnival glass look on clear glass. I hate to, but I will hand wash glass items that I care about. It is something to do with the softened water (we have a water softener) and the strong dishwasher detergent will cause that over time. (09/29/2009)
I have a fairly new dishwasher, and I am having a lot of trouble with glasses being streaky and "foggy". I've tried cheap soap and expensive soap, and nothing seems to work. I've also tried "short" washes and "heavy washes" and nothing seems to work. I've resorted to washing them by hand which seems like I'm defeating the purpose of having a dishwasher.
By regrab from Brookfield, WI
You probably have hard water in your area and that's probably the reason why your glasses are cloudy. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle and see if that takes care of the problem. (07/09/2009)
That happens to mine in the dishwasher and the sink, I was told to add a tablespoon of baking soda to soften the water, worked great for me. Good luck. (07/10/2009)
Be sure your water is hot enough. (07/10/2009)
Does anyone know how to get clear glasses after using a dishwasher? They always end up cloudy. I've tried vinegar with poor results.
Diane from PA
Try some Jet Dry in your dishwasher. Check your "Use and Care" manual to find the dispenser. (04/25/2008)
Use white vinegar in the dispenser for, not the one for detergent, the other one. (04/25/2008)
Lately I have been using the Jet Dry "baskets" in my dishwasher. This is after I got all the white residue off with a calcium remover. I use the "Works Disinfecting Toilet Bowl" cleaner. It is the best calcium and rust remover I have ever used and it is pretty cheap. (04/25/2008)
If they are cloudy from hard water, the vinegar should work. However, sometimes it is the type of soap you are using. Switch to a different kind, and see if that helps. I have found that I have had to use a different soap in every different place that I have lived. Also, some glassware is worse than others for this, so sometimes it is the type of glassware plus the type of soap. (04/25/2008)
Hopefully your cloudy glasses are just a result of water spotting. However, it's possible that your glasses have "etching" which happens frequently to clear glass in dishwashers. I learned the hard way that there is no remedy, as the glass itself is permanently damaged. I now wash all glasses and clear glass dishes by hand. (04/26/2008)
I fought with cloudy glasses and soap build up for over 8 years. Then I discovered Lemi-Shine. My glasses actually sparkle now and there is no soap build-up. I fill pre-wash cup 1/2 full of detergent and the wash cup 1/2 full of Lemi-Shine. That's what directions say to do and it works great. (08/06/2008)