Goodbye Fogginess: How to Clean Cloudy Drinking Glasses

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Say goodbye to vessels that always look dirty — even when they’re not! Read on to learn how to clean cloudy drinking glasses here.

How well do you take care of your glassware? Even when you take meticulous care of them, do you still notice a foggy appearance? Foggy glasses are a problem that many learn to ignore.

However, it’s easy to notice the problem when you have important guests over. Most people dispose of their drinking glasses when they become cloudy. Did you know that you can clean the cloudy appearance and save money?

Below, we’ll teach you how to clean cloudy drinking glasses. 

What Makes Glasses Cloudy?

Did you know that the average adult should drink more than 8 glasses of water daily? The amount of water you need depends on many factors

However, when you go to get a glass, you’ll notice that it’s not as clear as it had once been. It’s fine if you don’t mind the cloudy glass. What happens if you have guests over, though?

There are a few possible causes for cloudy glasses. The first one is when minerals in hard water leave that cloudy residue behind. The mineral deposits water cling onto the glassware and build up.

Also, hard water is less effective than soft water in rinsing the dish soap and dirty water out of the glass. The second is due to corrosion from soft water. Having a scratched surface is the third possibility.  

Etching may be another problem, but this has no fix. Things like boiling water, water that’s too soft, or too much detergent can cause etching.

Over-cleaning your drinking glasses before placing them in the dishwasher is also another cause of etching.

How to Avoid Foggy Glassware

Before you jump into learning how to clean cloudy drinking glasses, let’s talk about how you avoid the problem in the first place. The number one culprit of foggy glassware is hard water—by that, we mean dishwater with too much detergent.

Fix the problem by putting less dishwasher detergent. Experiment with water temperature, too. Avoid scalding or hot water for cleaning your glassware.

Stop putting your glasses in the dishwasher. Wash them by hand with mild soap and rinse well. Make sure to dry them up right away to prevent water buildup.

If you want to use your dishwasher to clean your glasses, get dishwasher-safe drinking glasses.

When you clean them with a dishwasher, open the door once the cycle finishes. This lets the steam escape. Opening the door also lets your glasses cool before you remove them from the dishwasher.

Identify What’s Causing the Cloudiness

If you remember, there are various reasons why your glasses look cloudy. For etching and scratching, there’s not much you can do to fix it. For water buildup and mineral buildup, we have different methods.

Let’s talk about identifying which is the culprit of the cloudiness first. Take a small rag or dish towel soaked in a small amount of white vinegar. Wipe half of the glass with the towel and compare it with the untouched half.

If it clears up, then the cloudy appearance came from hard water buildup. If there’s no difference, you’re looking at etching caused by soft water. As we said above, etching from soft water corrosion is unfixable.

How to Clean Cloudy Drinking Glasses

If you’ve identified that your cloudy drinking glasses are a result of hard water buildup, proceed. For this cleaning process, you need vinegar and a clean rag. Also, clean your sink and put the stopper in.

Fill the sink with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Make sure that the water and vinegar solution is high enough to cover a glass placed on its side. If you can’t use your sink, take a bucket as an alternative container.

Next, soak the cloudy drinking glasses in the distilled vinegar solution. Let them soak for 15-30 minutes. The thicker the buildup in your glassware, the longer you’ll have to keep it in the solution.

While you wait, put your feet up and read removal tricks for water spots on glass. When time’s up, take one of the glasses out of the solution. Rinse it in warm water and check if some cloudiness remains.

If you see there’s still some on the glass, place it back in the solution for another 30 minutes. After the second half-hour of soaking, check the glass again. If it’s all good and clear, take the rest of the glasses from the solution.

Rinse each one with warm water. Take a clean dishcloth or rag and dry the glasses. If you see that hard water deposits remain, scrub them off with the rag. 

As easy as that and as quick as an hour or less, you have clear drinking glasses again.

Alternative Cleaning Methods

You can find calcium and magnesium ions in hard water. These ions are one cause of buildup, which cause fogginess. To remove them, swab the glass with a cloth dipped in acetone or nail polish remover. 

Afterward, give it a gentle scrub. As you do, use a mild detergent. In the same way, dry it with a dishcloth.

This method takes time and effort since you have to clean each glass one at a time. Use this method if you need to clean a handful of drinking glasses only. Otherwise, use the water and vinegar soaking method.

While the next is not an alternative, it’s something you can do if stubborn spots persist. Take some baking soda and rub off the cloudy bits with it. Wash and dry the glass before you use it.

Give Your Glassware Some Love

Cloudy glasses aren’t a big deal to most people. However, there’s no harm in keeping your drinking glasses clear and spotless. Plus, it’s the small details that make a special family dinner even more extraordinary.

That’s it for our guide on how to clean cloudy drinking glasses. We hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you want to learn more, feel free to check out our other informative guides.

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