How to Get your Cloudy Glasses Sparkling Clean
It’s the weekend and you just enjoyed hosting a lavish dinner with friends. You then proceed to wash your expensive glasses and for some strange reason they still look foggy and unclear. You try running them through the dishwasher to no avail.
Before you throw your glasses (either out or at the wall lol), consider this. Over time, hard water embeds itself on the glass, giving it a cloudy look and at the same time can deposit minerals onto anything in your dishwasher. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to remove the cloudiness from your glasses.
The acetic acid component of vinegar is strong enough to dissolve hard to remove lime scale deposits left by hard water. Simply soak your glasses in white vinegar for about five to ten minutes then rinse with water.
If hard water still persists after soaking your glass in vinegar, grab a box of baking soda. Gently apply a generous amount then rinse with water. For optimal results, dry them with a microfiber cloth.
Just like your handy paper towels (or even better yet, Wowables), newspaper is a great way to remove the fog from your glassware. It is super absorbent and most of all it's cheap and recyclable. Wash your glasses, just like you normally do and then dry with a newspaper. Your glassware will look fabulous once and for all.
Aside from curing stomach aches, antacids are also capable of cleaning delicate and antique glassware that you don’t want to load in a dishwasher. Simply fill the glassware with water and drop one or two tablets of antacid in and wait a few minutes. Finally, rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth. Voila! Your glass is now shiny and clear!
Following these techniques will not only clean your glasses, but will also help prevent future buildup. However, if your glassware is still cloudy despite numerous attempts using the techniques above, then you might have etching on your glassware, which results from a variety of factors like soft water, too much dishwasher detergent, or presence of phosphates in your soap.
Unfortunately, these etchings are permanent and cannot be removed. Proper cleaning is the key to prevent these from happening. Always remember to wash the delicate glassware by hand and use a mild soap to keep your glasses sparkling clean.