Cleaning Stains From Glass Vases

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Cleaning stains on glass vases can be challenging, especially if they are inside the vase. This is a page about cleaning stains from glass vases.
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If a bottle brush can't fit into the opening of a narrow-necked vase, try this hint my mother used: Put several broken eggshells into the vase and then add a bit of water. Place your hand over the opening and shake the vase until you can see that the dust and film has come off. Rinse well.

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March 2, 2005

Unsightly stains in glass vases respond to soaking in a strong solution of hot vinegar. Finish by washing in hot soapy water.

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November 12, 2008

My crystal vases and crystal glasses that were left with water for more than a couple of days have mineral deposit rings where the water level was. I tried vinegar, but that did not work. Does anybody know how to clean these rings, possibly without using harsh chemicals?

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful
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I've used CLR in my crystal vases and it's removed all the discoloration and film.

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By Tonya (Guest Post)
November 12, 20080 found this helpful
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I soak mine in an orange cleaner found at the dollar tree. It comes in a clear spray bottle with red writing and lists various items that it can be used on.

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After soaking, I scrub lightly with a very gentle steel wool pad. It works wonders compared to every thing else I have tried! Very little scrubbing involved.

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By Geo (Guest Post)
November 13, 20080 found this helpful
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Have heard that a tablet used for cleaning false teeth can be put in a vase (with water) - soak overnight.

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September 3, 2011

What is the best way to clean a cloudy glass bud vase?

By Judy

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September 4, 20110 found this helpful

I have hard water, and I use vinegar for everything, fill let sit over night.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

I get a box of generic brand denture tabs, and keep at home. Use the tabs in your vases, thermoses, etc. Just fill with warm water, add a tablet or two, and let sit overnight.

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Then rinse out in the AM, and scrub with a baby bottle scrubber if available.
the overnight tablet is usually enough. Best of luck to you!

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Wash your glass bud vase with Cascade, dishwasher soap. If that doesn't work, try using Lime A-way. It will get rid of the hard water deposits.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Take a broken-up denture cleansing tablet and drop down into vase, fill with hot water and let sit overnight. If a little scrubbing is needed after the overnight soak, use a small child's toothbrush fits down into the vase for further cleaning.

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September 17, 20110 found this helpful

I put my vases in the dishwasher all the time.

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April 8, 2015

How do you clean yellow discoloration in a cut glass bowl?

By Larry G.

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful

Fill it with white vinegar for 24 hours.

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful

Put window cleaner in with grains of uncooked rice. Shake the container gently and the rice will act as scrubbers

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February 2, 2015

I have a very plain clear glass serving bowl, very sturdy. It needs to be cleaned, as it has that 'older foggy' look. What is the best solution to soak this in?

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By Marian from Seattle, WA

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September 5, 20150 found this helpful

I just read to clean with baking soda and vinegar. The solution fizzes like alka seltzer. I havent tried yet but am going to do it right now. This cleans out stuggish drains so it will probably work on glass too.

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September 5, 20150 found this helpful

Use baking soda and vinegar

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February 3, 2010

How can you remove mineral and oxidization stains from precious art glass pieces that have been used as flower vases at some time in their life?

By jayded from Australia

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February 6, 20100 found this helpful

Please don't try to clean it without knowing exactly what it is. Please try to find an antique evaluator if you have even a hint if the item has sentimental value. Some old glass has reactive material and will not take kindly to acid material like vinegar. If it is pieced together do not soak it. I work for an art museum but am not a curator.

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It depends on what type of material and how important/nostalgic it is to you and even the shape. If you must experiment try using mild soap and water on a soft cloth, which you may need to do multiple times. Beware of brushes. If you are okay with experimenting try a calcium/lime/rust remover product on a limited area, not soaking it. I have used these even in a coffeemaker.

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Try denture cleaning tabs if it looks like it is safe to hold water.

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March 16, 2013

How do you get water stains out of glass vases?

By Doris

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April 8, 20130 found this helpful

Gently scour with an S.O.S. pad and rinse. This works on burnt on food, also on glass baking dishes.

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June 22, 2016

This is a page about cleaning mineral deposits from vases. Stubborn mineral stains can be a challenge to remove from glass.

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