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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!

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By AnnMarie G.

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March 24, 20120 found this helpful

I checked the thrifty fun archives, and found a post that recommended using Easy Off or a similar oven cleaner to remove the film. The post also said you could use fine steel wool and straight ammonia. Hope this helps.

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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

I saw this post for oven cleaner along with ammonia/steel wool and wonder if anyone tried it.
I have a residue on exterior window panes that although it looks fairly clear, when you wipe it with a paper towel it's rough feeling. At an angle, you can see minute water stains.

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I tried Barkeeper's Friend and it didn't do anything. These panes are from the 80's could it be some type of low E film on them?

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March 26, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

You may have small scratches that cannot be removed. You can still use them, but they are not going to be crystal clear.

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