From red wine glasses to white wine glasses and champagne flutes, cloudiness can happen to any type of glass. A quick and easy way to remove cloudiness from wine glasses is with some vinegar and salt, but that’s not all!
There are several other methods that you can use to remove cloudiness, as well as prevent it from happening in the future. Take a look at these top 9 ways you can easily remove cloudiness from your wine glasses!
If you didn’t realize it already, getting rid of cloudiness from wine glasses is really simple! All you need to do is soak them in hot water.
The steam will lift off any organic deposits that are causing your glass to become hazy. If a glass isn’t too stained, it can usually be salvaged after just 30 minutes of soaking. For heavily stained wine glasses, leaving them in warm water for a couple hours can work wonders!
One of the most common reasons that wine turns cloudy is because it’s not served at an appropriate temperature. Before serving, let your white wine chill down to somewhere between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are drinking a red wine, just keep it in its regular fridge and pull it out 30 minutes before you plan on serving it. The best time to drink red is when it’s between 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit and white wines taste their best when they’re between 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another thing that can cause cloudiness is if your glasses are dirty; make sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and soap before filling them with any beverage to avoid any clumps or residue in your glass.
3) Rub with baking soda
Baking soda is a tried-and-true household staple for a reason. It cuts through cloudiness, and does so without damaging glasses. For best results, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water until you have a paste.
Spread it on both sides of a glass (or multiple glasses). Then, rinse with cold water and dry with clean dish towel. The cloudiness should be gone! This one works well for drinking glasses, but we do recommend wrapping stemware in paper towels if you don’t want to get your cloths dirty.
4) Scratch and remove label
Wiping down a glass with rubbing alcohol should make it look crystal clear. First, gently rub off any remaining label glue with an old toothbrush or washcloth, then fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water and add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
Submerge your glasses in the sudsy water and let them soak for 10 minutes to remove leftover sticky bits. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly, then turn them upside down on clean towels until they’re dry. A little elbow grease will make that smudge disappear—no stain remover necessary!
5) Use Ammonia or Hydrogen Peroxide
Rubbing an alum block (available at most supermarkets and drugstores) across your glasses can help remove cloudiness by breaking down tartrates. If you don’t have an alum block on hand, try rubbing with baking soda or lemon juice to produce similar results.
Be sure to rub in small circles—too much pressure will cause your glass to crack. Run hot water: Running hot water over your wine glasses is one of the simplest ways to remove sediment from inside them and will prevent future build-up from forming.
Just be sure not to let your glass get too hot—you don’t want it cracking as a result of a temperature change!
6) Dab with Salt Solution
If you’re looking for a fast and simple way to remove cloudiness from wine glasses, grab your salt! All you need is a bowl of warm water, your wine glass, and some table salt. Pour 1/4 cup of salt into your bowl of warm water and place it on a flat surface.
Use one hand to hold the stem of your wine glass securely in place while using another hand to dip into your bowl. Hold for 15 seconds and then rinse with cold water until no residue remains. Removing that nasty white film will help improve both taste and appearance for winemakers everywhere!
7) Rub with an Alum Block
The most common way to remove cloudiness from wine glasses is with an alum block. Rubbing your glass with an alum block will help make them clear and sparkling again. You should rub it vigorously with a dry, clean cloth until all cloudiness is gone. For maximum effect, heat up your glass in hot water prior to use.
8) Use Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is a great cleaning agent that works on multiple surfaces without harming them. To remove cloudiness from your wine glasses, put some isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle, and then spray it onto each glass.
Next, rub with a damp microfiber cloth to clean off all residue. Then rinse and dry normally. Alternatively, you can use plain water instead of alcohol for quick cleaning of smaller objects like wine glasses or drinking glasses. Repeat as necessary to get rid of cloudiness completely!
9) Heat in Microwave
If your wine glasses are simply looking dull and cloudy, try cleaning them with a gentle cleaning solution or by soaking them in water with baking soda. The process might be easier if you put your wine glasses in a microwave first to heat up the glass, then soak it while warm.
This softens any stains and residue that may have been built up on your glasses. Be sure to follow up with an all-purpose cleaner afterward to polish and shine! (Try these tips for removing hard water stains from other glassware as well.)
You can never remove all cloudiness from wine glasses, but if your wine glasses have a hint of discoloration, you can improve their appearance. And to do that, you’ll need: Denture cleaning tablets and hot water.
These little tabs contain bleach and sodium hypochlorite—the same stuff dentists use in their cleaning solutions.
Fill your glass with warm water, add a tablet (per gallon), and let it sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and drying. Remember: This treatment is only temporary so make sure to get brand new wine glasses eventually!