I love to entertain. Friends, family… food, drink, merriment… It makes me a happy girl. However, a few nights ago we had friends over and I found myself embarrassed when a few of our guests asked for a glass of water. Our water glasses looked like complete crap. I don’t know if it is hard water, our dishwasher detergent, or what, but our glasses always look like they are cloudy or have a film on them. They are clean, but always looked dirty.
Not any more! Our glasses look like new again. Clear and sparkling with no cloudy, filmy schmutz.
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The icky looking glass had just come from the dishwasher and was actually clean. All of my glasses looked like that. Embarrassing, right? (No kid, you actually may not have a glass of water….)
I have tried different dish-washing detergents, rinsing agents and tried all of the little pods and pellets. I’ve cleaned the dishwasher with vinegar…. I even went through a period where I decided to hand wash all the glasses. (It was a short period, but a period just the same.)
So last week, I came across this genius tip from Kim at Sand & Sisal, one of my favorite blogs. She was sharing how to remove silverware marks from white dishes. I only have white dishes because they go with everything. (I actually have a set of Mikasa’s French Countryside dishes that I’ve had since 1990!) They recently started looking a bit scraped up and had silverware marks on them. Inspired by the tutorial on Sand & Sisal, I immediately purchased a can of Bar Keepers Friend, followed Kim’s instructions and was delighted to see my 26 year old plates look as good as new again.
Then it dawned on me.
Could Sand & Sisal’s same technique that saved my white dishes help save my crappy looking glasses?! YES!!
For the glasses, I used a softer sponge than what was recommended for the plates, but I otherwise I followed the same instructions for the dishes. Amazing!
Note: after scrubbing both the plates and the glasses, I rinsed everything and then went ahead and ran it all through the dishwasher to ensure I got all of the residue off. Everything came out looking as good as new. (Which goes to show you that the problem wasn’t my dishwasher detergent… we probably have hard water and I imagine I will need to scrub everything with Bar Keepers Friend every few months to keep it looking polished.)
Those glasses you were thinking of replacing? Try this instead!
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