Expert Explains: How to Make Your Wine Glasses Shine Like Crystals

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.30 - 2023 9:27 AM CET

How to Make Your Wine Glasses Shine Like Crystals.

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As we prepare for festive gatherings, ensuring that our wine glasses sparkle like crystals can add a touch of elegance to any celebration.

Whether you're hosting a New Year's party or a formal dinner, the clarity and shine of your glassware can make a significant difference. But how do you achieve that perfect gleam, especially if your glasses have become cloudy over time?

The Culprit: Dishwasher Detergents and Hard Water

Cloudiness in glassware is often caused by calcium deposits from hard water, particularly when glasses are washed in a dishwasher. While it's not harmful, this cloudiness can be stubborn to remove, especially if the glasses are not hand-washed.

Ditching the Dishwasher for Hand Washing

According to, John Cutts, founder of, shares a simple yet effective method to get your wine glasses shining. He advises against using a dishwasher for cleaning wine glasses, as the detergent and hot water can cause them to crack or become cloudy. Instead, he recommends hand washing the glasses and soaking them in a solution of white vinegar and hot water.

The Polishing Technique

After soaking, take the time to polish the glasses with a piece of newspaper. Newspaper is a dense material, making it an effective option for cleaning both window glass and wine glasses. Its soft fibers are tightly packed and won't scratch the material it's used on. For hard-to-reach areas of the glass stem, swirling uncooked rice around with some warm water can gently scrub these spots.

A Reminder for Glassware Care

This expert advice serves as a reminder of the importance of proper care and maintenance of our glassware. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your wine glasses not only look immaculate but also enhance the overall experience of your festive gatherings.