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Cleaning Cloudy Glasses

Martha Stewart Living, November 1997

To keep your glasses from developing a hazy film, don't wash them in the dishwasher. Instead, wash them by hand with a mild soap, rinse thoroughly, and dry immediately. If you are trying to clean a cloudy film that already exists, note that hard water is probably the culprit. To remove the buildup caused by calcium and magnesium ions in hard water, start by swabbing the glass with acetone (nail polish remover), and then scrub gently with a mild detergent. Soaking the glasses in plain white distilled vinegar is another effective home remedy. But take action right away -- the longer you wait, the harder it is to wash away unsightly film.

Comments (7)

  • wobbe 27 Feb, 2014

    White vinegar also makes your crystal shine like never before!

  • Izzygwam 15 Jun, 2009

    Thanks for great idea.

  • Izzygwam 15 Jun, 2009

    Gret idea for tough job.

  • justinmarwa7 16 Jul, 2008

    thanx alot for this idea...i really need it!!

  • justinmarwa7 16 Jul, 2008

    thanx alot for this idea...i really need it!!

  • janiceannratliff 17 Apr, 2008

    I have also used efferdent tablets to clean the milky film. Will try acetone for those hard to remove stains from now on! Great tip Martha!!!

  • ktwjax1 12 Jan, 2008

    I thought I woul dhave to search for this, but here it is! Thank you!