Tips For Cleaning Glassware

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May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Keeping It Crystal Clear

According to The Soap and Detergent Association, hand washing is the best method for cleaning fine glassware. Hand washing is more gentle to the glassware, uses cooler water temperatures and the detergent used is less alkaline. However, even with gentle hand washing some precautions are in order. To avoid scratching the glassware, hands should be free of all jewelry including rings, watches and bracelets. Because their hard surface may cut the glass, diamonds are a particular hazard. Prior to washing, dust each piece of glassware using a soft all-cotton cloth such as a baby diaper. Avoid linen or paper towels - their rough fibers can cause scratches.


To hand wash, pad the sides and bottom of the sink with a cotton towel, then fill it with tepid water and a small amount of liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Swing the faucet head out of the way so there's no chance of accidentally knocking the glassware against it. Using both hands, immerse the glassware in the water one piece at a time. Avoid holding the piece by handles or delicate ornamentation. Gently rub the piece clean with a small cotton cloth. For stubborn dirt, scrub gently with a soft toothbrush. Then, rinse twice. For the first rinse, fill the sink with tepid water plus a capful of ammonia or white vinegar. This solution adds sparkle and helps remove grease and many stains including red wine, lipstick and potpourri. The final rinse - a long, gentle shower using the sink's spray attachment - will remove any residue from the ammonia or vinegar solution.


Cloudy glass, also called "sick" glass, is a natural side effect of aging. To minimize this problem, fill the vessel with water then add denture tablets and let stand until the clouds disappear.

It's better to hand dry fine glassware. Side effects of air drying can include unsightly watermarks and, particularly where the water is hard, the possibility of corrosion. Be sure to dry each piece thoroughly with a clean cotton cloth.

This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from the Soap and Detergent Association.

Source: MSU Extension

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May 3, 20050 found this helpful

To stop your drinking glasses looking smeary and dull wash them thoroughly. I know this sounds obvious but many people only swish their glasses around and plunge them up and down in hot water. You can get glasses sparkling clean in even warm water by rubbing all surfaces, inside and out, with your washing cloth. Then air dry or dry with a lint free tea towel.




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By guest (Guest Post)
June 22, 20050 found this helpful

After washing thoroughly with a bleach-free detergent, rinse with a mixture of hot water/vinegar in 50/50 proportions.

Bleach and vinegar create a toxic gas, which is why I say "bleach-free". Vinegar is a fabulous residue remover, and I use it for my windows and mirrors wich keeps them looking like brand new all the time.

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By valpat1954 (at) AOL (dot) com (Guest Post)
August 26, 20070 found this helpful

To remove hard water deposits from inside glass vases, my mother use to use vinegar and water, and then I believe she added a bit of baking soda.
Does this sound right to any of you? I remember that it had a instant chemical reaction, and if the glass was too thin the reaction could actually crack the vessel.


I'd like to clean a glass bud vase, but I don't want any unpleasant "surprises".
Would appreciate suggestions.

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