With holiday entertaining likely coming up, you want everything to shine — especially your dishes. But what about those wine glasses (any glasses, really) that tend to get cloudy every time you wash them? You know they’re clean, but they never seem to look that way. What guest wants to drink out of that? Well, here are some tips for keeping those glasses crystal clear.
1. Just Say No to the Dishwasher
Yes, it’s tempting because it’s so easy. But if you don’t want your glasses to get cloudy, it’s time to stop putting them in the dishwasher.
2. But Say Yes to the Sink
Instead of running your favorite glassware through the dishwasher, wash by hand — the old-fashioned way. Believe it or not, your grandparents washed all their dishes this way. You know…where you fill the sink with a little water and mild dish soap, and wash things with a dish rag or sponge, then rinse? Once they’re clean, dry your glasses right away with a lint-free towel to avoid ugly spots.
3. Banish Hard Water
The cloudy film that often builds up on your wine glasses or goblets is usually due to hard water. If your glasses are already cloudy, washing them the right way may not be enough. In this case, you’ll need to remove the hard water buildup by swabbing the glasses with acetone (nail polish remover). Then, gently scrub with your usual dish soap. You can also try soaking the glassware in plain white vinegar. The sooner you work to remove that buildup, the easier it will be to remove.