Have you ever opened your dishwasher after a cycle and noticed that your glassware looks dirtier than when it went in? You’ve got a classic case of ‘cloudy glass’. Luckily for you, it’s not serious, and with a little attention it should clear up in no time. Cleaning cloudy glass certainly isn’t difficult or time consuming, but you do need to know the best techniques and products to see the best results.
Why Do I Have Cloudy Glass?
There are two main reasons why you might find that your glasses look cloudy when they’ve been in the dishwasher. First – etching. Etching is when parts of the glass are worn down, and this can happen due to regular use, being washed, being handled… anything. However, you tend to know when it’s etching. Etching doesn’t happen overnight, so you’ll slowly start to notice small areas of your glassware that are beginning to look a bit dull quite gradually. Unfortunately, etching is a problem that can’t be fixed easily.
However, if your glasses are clouding quickly, then it’s unlikely to be etching – it’s much more likely to be hard water deposits. Hard water contains a high level of natural minerals which can sometimes deposit themselves on your dishes. Soap cannot foam as well in hard water, so these deposits aren’t always cleaned off completely, leaving your glasses looking a little dull and lifeless.
How to Clean Cloudy Glass with Natural Products
The good news is that if your cloudy glasses are the result of hard water, then they’re very easy to clean, and you don’t need to spend your life savings on specialist glass cleaning products, either. There are two natural cleaning products you’ve probably already got in your home that will work wonders and brighten your glassware up to leave it looking sparkling and new.
We’re not interested in any fancy whitening pastes, tartar control concoctions, or colourful gels – what you’ll need is basic white toothpaste. Spread some onto your glasses (inside and out) then use an old clean toothbrush (or any old brush with stiff bristles) to scrub away at the toothpaste, smearing it all across the glass.