How Do You Clean Cloudy Drinking Glasses?

Remove a cloudy film from glassware by soaking the glasses in vinegar, handwashing them with a mild detergent, and drying them with a towel. Remove the film as soon it appears to prevent more minerals from building up on the glass. Store the glasses upside-down in closed cupboards.

  1. Soak the glasses in vinegar

    Fill the sink with hot water, and pour in vinegar. Immerse the glasses in the solution, and then let them soak to remove the film. If the vinegar does not remove the film, the glasses may require replacement due to permanent etching from dishwasher detergent.

  2. Wash the glasses by hand

    Remove the glasses from the vinegar water. Drain the sink, and then fill it with hot water and dish detergent. Wash each glass by hand. Rinse the glasses in the hottest water possible to speed the process.

  3. Dry the glasses with a lint-free towel

    Use a lint-free towel to dry the glasses. Towel-drying prevents the formation of water spots on the glass due to all the minerals dissolved in hot water. Store the glassware upside-down on level shelves. Line the shelves with open matting, and protect the glasses from smoke and grease by keeping the cupboards closed.