Glassware, much like the other flatware and dinnerware is one of the fundamentals that distinguish a room from kitchen. So, just like everything else they also become dirty from time to time. Have you ever noticed after a cycle in your dishwasher the glassware looks dirtier than when it went in? This might be the perfect case of a ‘cloudy glass’. Where most of the plates and dinnerware can be easily cleaned and taken care of, glassware might need some extra care when it comes down to cleaning and handling.
What is a ‘Cloudy Glass?’
So, you brought those perfect glassware that goes along with your dinnerware and in turn found out that they lost their bling after a few days of use. Now, this is a common case we all come across in your daily life and we call it the ‘Cloudy Glass’. There are two main reasons on why your glass looks cloudy. Etching could the first cause. Etching isn’t a process that happens overnight. This is when parts of the glass are worn down and is mostly caused of the regular use of being washed and handled. If this is the case, it would be a bit difficult to bring back your glassware’s bling.
Second- could be caused due to the hard water deposits. Hard waters are really known for their high level of natural minerals which gradually gets deposited on your plates and glassware. Soap can’t be of much help if this is the case as they don’t lather much in hard water.
Since you now k now the reasons behind the cloudiness of your glassware, now it’s time to know how to deal with it! We won’t be encouraging you to spend your money on all those fancy schmancy whitening formulas and pastes or other cleaning products. Here are some tips to use natural stuffs that you can find easily in your kitchen to bring back your glassware’s bling…..
#1. Hand Washing is Vital
This is a bit of common sense. Fine stemware isn’t meant for dishwashers. Washing glassware in dishwashers often increases the chance of braking, cracking or even chipping as a result of vigorous treatment that goes inside the washer. Hand washing is the best method you should opt for your glassware at least for your most expensive sets.
When hand washing, don’t be in a rush. Handle items one at a time and with immense care to ensure that don’t slip out and break. As for wine glasses, it would be better if you grab them by bowl other that it’s stem. As the stem is too delicate a little pressure might be just needed to shatter your romantic date dinner dreams. Always use a sponge with handle and a soft foam brush to wash the inside of the glass. Keep and account on the pressure you are applying on the glass.
#2. Stick with the ‘Hot’
Hot water is always considered effective in killing bacteria. Use hot or luke warm water rather than the normal cold water to clean your glassware. Hot water breaks down greasy residues effectively than the cold water and will help in lifting dirt away easier.
#3. A Skimp of Detergent
You won’t require a handful of detergent to clean your glassware. This is not economical and healthy for your glassware. Use only a minimal amount of detergent or dishwasher solution to clean up your glassware. Mild and unscented dish soap has to be used as they won’t leave the scent in the glass.
#4. Rinse it Soon
This might be the best remedy you can practice to avoid the ‘cloudy glass’ symptom. This prevents liquids to get sticky inside the glass and leave stains. Red wine, tea and coffees are some of the beverages that are known to leave back stains if they are kept unattended for a few hours. If you are ever planning top throw your glassware in to the dishwasher make sure you rinse them with hot water.
#5. Natural Cleaners
- Lemon: The traditional lemon method! Lemon has been used for several purposes from old times. This is usually a common remedy to treat stained dishes and bowls. Same method can be used for cleaning your glassware too. Wash your glass in hot water and scrub it with lemon slices. The citric acid in lemon removes the cloudy water deposits and slashes the odors present in the glass too. Rinse after the use of lemon as they might leave the pulp behind.
- White Vinegar: For most of you who may not now, white vinegar is a form of weak acetic acid which is not harmful at all to be used for cleaning various surfaces around home. Pick a clean and dry dishtowel. Add a few drops of white vinegar to it, maybe a few teaspoons and wipe the glass. You will be astonished to know what a few drops of vinegar has done to keep your glass sparkling again.
- Baking Soda: Most of you might have already heard of this from your mom or grand mom or someone else. Yes, baking sodas can be used to remove hard water deposits. Add one or two teaspoons of baking soda to a tub of hot water. Soak your glasses in for 30 minutes or more. Take them out and wash them with mild detergent.
If you find this isn’t comfortable you can try this method too. Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush or sponge and gently scrub the glass. After this soak the glass in a mild diluted white vinegar solution. Rinse and store it away.
This article is getting more weirder right? Ha-ha! Spread some of your white toothpaste both in and out of the glass and scrub it gently with a toothbrush. As toothpaste is a mild abrasive it removes that cloudy deposits easily without damaging the crystal. Rinse the glass in hot water to remove the toothpaste.
#7. A Little Steam for Stemware
Your stemware is more delicate and therefore you might need to find more professional and delicate methods to clean them up. That’s why we introduce you to steam cleaning. Hold the glass over a plot of boiling water and let the steam rise up into the glass. We promise your glass can hold the steam and that too a boiling point of water. But, be careful enough not to burn your hand. Afterwards just wipe the glass with a dry linen cloth.
Storing your glass after all this cleaning is the next important thing that you need to look upon. What’ the point in cleaning if you are forced to clean them again even after storing them away. Most glassware must be stored in closed cupboards where it is easily accessible in your kitchen. The glasses with delicate rims must be stored upright. We would suggest you to get a rack especially for storing your stemware. The main thing to keep a note on is before storing your glassware away, make sure they have been dried properly from rim to brim.