How To Clean Your Wine Decanters: A Complete Guide

How To Clean Your Wine Decanters

A wine decanter is a device used to transfer wine from its original container, such as a carafe, into a smaller container to aerate the wine and allow it to breathe. Decanting was traditionally done by the host or servant in a dining party. Today, it is often done when wines are sampled before being purchased.

Wine decanters come in many different sizes and shapes, but typically are cylindrical with wide mouths. The materials that can be found today include glass, crystal, silver, stainless steel and plastic. Here are some tips on how to clean them

Methods to clean your wine decanter

Wash it Clean it with warm soapy water, then rinse it with a solution of one tablespoon of salt in a gallon of water. Rub gently and all sides of the decanter with a clean cloth. Let it dry completely. Vinegar Wash it with distilled vinegar in a glass spray bottle.

Spray it with one tablespoon of baking soda in a sealed spray bottle. Allow it to sit for 24 hours before using it. Shake it before use. Soap Let it soak for 10 minutes in warm water. Rinse well with warm water. Let it dry. Pour Soap Add warm water to a plastic bottle and shake well. Use it on the glass and it will get to the all the soap in the bottom.

How to store wine decanters

How to clean a wine decanter Wine decanters can be stored in the sink to be cleaned or they can be stored in the refrigerator to be cleaned. Some decanters can be cleaned by soaking in a mixture of water and a commercial dishwashing liquid.

For decanters that are stored in the refrigerator, it may be necessary to store the decanter inside a drawer or cabinet to keep it cool. Alternatively, it is often possible to wrap it in aluminum foil, so it can be left to dry. The top of the decanter must be cleaned as well.

It is easier to wash the decanter from the bottom to the top, rather than from top to bottom. The best way to clean a decanter is to be sure to thoroughly wash the entire inside, especially the thin glass walls, which can be damaged from too much wine.

How to care for wine decanters

Be sure to clean the vessel before placing it back in service. Decanting often results in sediment settling to the bottom of the vessel. Liquids such as wine or distilled alcohol are full of compounds called silica and will not remove itself from the glass decanter.

To keep wine decanters clean, fill them half full with water and shake it out before decanting. Do not store the decanter with wine in it for more than 12 hours or it will begin to smell musty. For wine decanters with enclosed lids, be sure to rinse the lids and seal each one before putting them back on the vessel. Once you have cleaned the vessel, it is important to seal the interior of the vessel to protect the wine from oxidation.


I hope you found this article interesting, if not useful. The process of decanting wine involves careful preparation. I hope you got something out of it and were able to pass on some of your own helpful hints. If you found this article helpful, please let me know by clicking any of the little hearts below.

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