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How Do You Clean Hazy Antique Bottles?

I have many antique bottles and they are no longer clear. What is the best time to clean them?

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November 14, 20210 found this helpful

You can try putting rice in them and a small amount of water. Shake gently to clean. If that doesnt work, they may be permanently etched.

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November 14, 20211 found this helpful

I've always had great results with using denture cleaning tablets. Just follow instructions on product box.

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November 14, 20210 found this helpful

You might try soaking the bottles in water with some dish detergent overnight. You can also use vinegar. If there's still cloudiness, you can also use a small amount of salt/water and cover the opening of the bottle, then shake well. Here are some other great tips for cleaning antique bottles:

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November 16, 20210 found this helpful

Distilled Vinegar is good and more natural for cleaning and dissolving deposits and other stains, without harming the piece.If you like cleaners ,CLR cleaner also does a really good job.

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November 20, 20210 found this helpful

Soak in vinegar! I do this pretty regularly and it really works. I would soak them for at least 30 mins.

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November 25, 20210 found this helpful

Soak it in room temperature water and dishwashing liquid. Make sure to place a towel into the sink, or container, to cushion the glass. The temperature of the water is extremely important since water that is much hotter or colder than the bottle itself can cause it to crack. Allow the bottle to soak for a few hours or overnight if possible. Rinse the bottle with room temperature water. For many old bottles this will remove the dirt and grim that has built up over the years.

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If there is a white crusty material caused by the minerals in the liquid, then use commercial products that remove mineral buildups and lime scales.

To clean old bottle with glass that is cloudy with white stains:
Leave it in vinegar and water overnight, rinse with water and dry with a microfiber towel.
Vaseline or petroleum jelly can sometimes remove light calcium build-up. Let it sit for 4-5 days before removing.
Fill with lukewarm water and drop in a denture cleaner tablet.
Or dab a little Pearl Drops Toothpaste on your index finger and lightly rub. Wash with water.
Or spray on Dow Tub and Tile cleaner, let sit, then rinse.

Only use bottle brushes that have soft bristles.
Never try to clean an old bottle with hydrofluoric acid.
Fill the bottle with a solution of 1 part bleach to 7 parts water and allow it to set for at least 12 hours.

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Or fill the bottle with water and add a false teeth cleaner such as Polident.
Or fill the bottle with water or vinegar, add fine grained sand or rice or laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergent.
Then shake the bottle to get the inside clean.

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November 26, 20210 found this helpful

Youll need:
Dishwashing Soap
Vinegar
Salt
Water

Rinse out any dirt or other debris out of the bottles that will easily come out with water.
Fill the bottles with vinegar. If the bottles have a lot of calcium buildup, water spots, or just plain something you cant get off on the outside as well, completely submerge the bottles in a bowl or bucket filled with vinegar.

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Soak the bottles for at least an hour in the vinegar to really loosen up any calcium buildup or whatever else thats in the bottles.

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