Finding clouding or a milky film on crystal glassware is frustrating, to say the least.
How did it get this way? How do you clean it?
There are three possible causes for cloudy crystal. And, yes, the milky film can usually be removed.
The only exception is if the glassware is etched, usually the result of surface scarring caused by acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances in the dishwasher detergent.
Etched glass appears iridescent when held up to the light, or has a frosted appearance. This type of damage is permanent.
When the surface of your glassware clouds or has a milky appearance, there are three possible causes:
Before cleaning, be sure to remove your rings, and to turn the faucet aside so you'll avoid chipping the glass during the cleaning process.
After all, you really don't need to add a chipped glass problem to your to-do list today.
Soak your crystal 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 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, again under cool, running water. Dry with a lint-free cloth.
You can help keep future glassware from becoming etched 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.