Do your glasses come out of the dishwasher and still look increadibly dirty? You might see that they have a layer of cloudy film on them which may not have even been there before. Your first guess would naturally be to assume that the cloudy film comes from your dish detergent, and while a cheap dish detergent can leave film on glasses, it wouldn't leave too much. The cloudy residue is usually caused by hard water and the deposits that come from the minerals in the water. Hard water is filtered through limestone which causes the water to have calcium and magnesium in it. The water evaporates but it can leave behind the residue of the minerals in the water which is what you're seeing when you see hard water deposits or build up. The thing about these hard water deposits is not only do they make your items look dirty and old, they are also really difficult to remove. If you've ever had them in your shower or around your faucets you know how tough they can be to remove. But luckily there are some simple life hacks that make cleaning cloudy glassware much easier. These are 5 of the cleaning tips that Wrapped In Rust kindly shared with us to get rid of those cloudy marks.
1. This tip has you create a bath in your sink for the cloudy glassware. Just fill your kitchen sink to the half way point with hot water. Then add in 3 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 cups of white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup of baking soda. Then simply place your glassware in the bath and let them soak in it for a while. At least 5 - 10 minutes should do. Once they're done soaking you can rinse the glasses with some hot water and then dry with a clean, dry cloth. Your glasses should be spot free and clear.
2. A similar tip to the one above has. You place your glasses in a sink full of hot water and wash them with a mild dish soap. Then, rinse them with a mixture of water and white vinegar to remove the spots and dry with a clean cloth. You can place a towel at the bottom of the sink too which will prevent chipping or breaking.
3. Instead of using the sink, just place. Your glasses on the counter top on a dish towel. Then fill them up with water and pop an Alkaseltzer into each one. The tablet will fizz and the citric acid in it will help to eat away any of the hard water stains on the inside of the glass. Once you've let it fizz for several minutes, then rinse them off and dry them well so no water marks appear.
4. The next cleaning tip came from Martha Stewart who knows what she's doing in the kitchen. She says that sometimes these cloudy marks are due to tiny little scratches on the glass. You can check if your glasses have these scratches by rubbing some plain vinegar on them. If the stains go away, it's because of the hard water most likely, but if they remain, it's because they are scratches which are permanent.
5. Last but not least, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottom of your dishwasher before you run your dishes through. The baking soda will help to keep the hard water deposits at bay and will also clean out your dishwasher at the same time.
Try out these simple life hacks and see just how sparkling clean you can get your glasswear.***
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