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How to Remove Film from Drinking Glasses
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How to Remove Film from Drinking Glasses
I have drinking glasses with an uneven film. It's most often on the lower part of the glass. Nothing I have tried removes it, including vinegar and scrubbing. Any ideas how to remove the film?
Baking Soda Removes Film
Try a little baking soda. It will remove stains and most discoloration. It's great for removing grease from the stove as well.
Clean Your Glasses Like Your Dentures
I had that problem with glass vases. I used a denture cleaning tablet and got rid of the cloudiness. On some cheap glass, this process doesn't work well.
Clean with Mr. Clean®
I have found that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers® (and the off brands seem to work identically) clean this film as well as coffee and tea stains. All it takes is a swipe and a little water for clean glasses and many other items. I don't know what is in these sponges, but they really are magic.
Make Glasses Sparkle!
Scrub with plain cheap toothpaste and an old toothbrush. Rinse and dry. They come out sparkling.
A Little Bleach Removes Film
I have used a little bleach when trying to remove dirt, film, or any other tough stains on/from glass. I fill the glass with water and then add a cap full or two, let it sit for a while, and then wash in dish detergent. They become good as new! This has worked for me many times.
Clean Dishwasher, Clean Drinking Glasses
My solution to the film in glasses is from personal experience. I ended up buying a product to clean my dishwasher. I followed the instructions and cleaned my dishwasher twice. After that, I started using a spot agent. My other tip is to change detergent often, which seems to help with buildup.
Your Drinking Glasses May Be Etched
I do hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might not be able to remove the film. The glassware might be etched. If you want to know for sure, try putting a film of oil on the glass. Rub it on with a paper towel (or your finger). If the film seems to disappear, it's etched and you can't fix it.
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Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Did the Trick
I just did this to my glasses with stains, and they came out sparkling clean. I mixed some lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste. It foamed up. Then I rubbed where the film was located. I let it sit for a few minutes and then I rinsed it off. I finished by drying them with a paper towel.
Get a Friend to Help
I have found I can use Bar Keepers Friend® and water. Sometimes it's necessary to soak items for several hours. I just used this on a flower vase that had a very bad buildup. The oxalic acid in the powder does a great job. You can also use this combination to clean burned-on food from your stainless steel pans.
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