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Best way to get water spots off wine glasses?

Asked by melanie81 (792points) January 18th, 2010

2 years of Santa Barbara hard water has really made them look bad….usually I wouldn’t care, but I’m having friends over tonight and plan on using them!

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stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I don’t have really hard water, I just wipe the spots off with tissue paper.

lbinva78's avatar

I’ve heard that vinegar helps remove mineral deposits from glass.

phil196662's avatar

Cascade! Used in a dishwasher has a water softener in it to keep it from happening, Use just a little in the wash and then rinse several times and put in the drainer.

Scooby's avatar

Tissue paper here too but if the spots are really stubborn I wash my glasses in a mild bleach & detergent wash, rinse thoroughly with cold watrer then buff to shine with said tissue paper!! :-/ works for me!!

Chikipi's avatar

Boil water over the stove and use the steam from it. Wipe with a dark colored cloth that doesn’t leave lint behind.

shego's avatar

I just hand wash my wine glasses then hand dry them right after.

gemiwing's avatar

I put a little vinegar on a paper towel and buff them. It takes a few minutes but they really do shine.

melanie81's avatar

The vinegar worked! I just mixed ¾c hot water with ¼c vinegar and dipped a paper towel in it to clean the glasses. Then I rinsed the glasses with warm water and hand-dried them with a dry paper towel.

@Chikipi When I was a waitress, we used to use hot water from the coffee spicket on the side – filled up a coffee mug with that and hovered the wine glasses over to get the spots off with our cloths. Worked great as well!

sakura's avatar

vinegar on newspaper is supposed to work even better!

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Best thing to do is to not get the spots in the first place. Use a good drying agent like Jet in your dishwasher. A rinse agent allows the water to sheet off and carry the minerals that spot the glasses off. or get a little water softener for your dishwasher

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

A Hammer !! j/k

lbinva78's avatar

Oh, I forgot about this stuff because I haven’t had a dishwasher in years. If you are using a dishwasher on a regular basis for your glassware, it works wonders! I think the brand name may have changed to Finish Glass Magic, but I’d be willing to bet that it works the same.

melanie81's avatar

hey guys, I don’t have a dishwasher so unfortunately I can’t try any of the stuff you’re talking about!!

sakura's avatar

after you have washed your glasses with soapy water rinse them in as hot water as you can stand and leave to drain on a cloth this should stop any water marks, also try the newspaper and vineger trick is does work!!

melanie81's avatar

@sakura awesome – I will definitely try the newspaper/vinegar thing next time!

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