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Removing Film from Mason Jars

How can I get the film off old Mason jars? They have been in my father-in-laws cellar for several years. I have tried soaking them in Lime Away for a week. I scrubbed them with Comet. I even soaked them in soapy water. They still have a film on them. Any suggestions would be great.

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August 31, 20090 found this helpful

They probably have what is called "etching". It's usually caused by washing in the dishwasher - usually from soft water & too much detergent. This will not come off. So you either have to live with it or buy new jars. Sorry.

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August 31, 20090 found this helpful

I would try soaking them in a mixture of borax and hot water.

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Or try soaking them in soapy water with a little ammonia. Leave the house while they soak. If they are etched, this will not help. By soapy water, I mean regular dish detergent, preferably Dawn. It gets out/off a lot of stuff other soaps won't.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

If the film is on the inside, try denture cleaning tabs.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

You might try Barkeepers Friend, don't know if it'll work or not, but it's worth a try. Also, there is a product at the auto store to clean headlights - but it's probably made for plastic.

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Depending on the emotional value, it'd probably be cheaper to buy new jars.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

I'd try vinegar if you haven't already. But the denture cleaner, as one mentioned, seems like a possibility too.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Soak or scrub with acetone. Outside. If that doesn't remove it nothing will.

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