Discovering a cloudy or milky film on your crystal glass is frustrating, to say the least.
How did it get this way? How do you clean it? There are three possible causes.
And, yes, the cloudy or milky film can usually be removed.
With one exception: etched glassware.
When crystal glass appears iridescent when held up to the light, or has a frosted appearance, that's etching. And the damage, unfortunately, is permanent.
Before cleaning your glassware, be sure to remove your rings, and turn the faucet aside so you'll avoid chipping the glass during the crystal cleaning process.
After all, you really don't need to add a chipped glass problem to your to-do list today.
Soak your glasses in a sink full of undiluted white vinegar for 30 minutes.
Rinse the vinegar away under cool, running water. Buff dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
If any cloudiness remains, wash the glasses again, this time in a sinkful of warm water with a healthy amount of dishwashing detergent. (Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the strong detergent for this one.)
Thoroughly rinse the detergent solution from the glass under cool, running water. Dry with a lint-free cloth.
You can help prevent future etched glassware by:
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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.