How to Remove Etching From Drinking Glasses

After years of use, glassware can become etched by minerals in water, alcohol and dishwasher detergents, becoming cloudy. This is also a common problem in vases and decanters where standing water or liquids can etch the glass, creating a dingy appearance. With minimal effort and almost no expense, your glassware will again brighten your dining experience and add elegance to your home.

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Glassware restored to it's original brilliance.
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Brush gently after soaking for 1 1/2 hours.

Step 1

Fill the item with very hot water and drop in a denture cleaning tablet. Gently stir while tablet dissolves and let stand for an hour and a half. (If you are cleaning several items at a time, fill a container large enough to accommodate them with hot water and add one denture tablet for every 8 ounces of water. Immerse all items in this solution.) Then scrub the etched side with a bottle brush, toothbrush or chopstick with a rag wrapped around the end and rinse thoroughly to remove all chemicals.

Step 2

Wet your fingers and dip in a baking soda. Rub the soda into the etched areas of the glass until the etching is removed. You may add a small amount (dab) of toothpaste (not gel) if you wish. This works well on light etching.

Step 3

Use a strong cleaner like Goof Off (not orange scented) or Goo Gone and rub glass using a clean rag. Do not dilute with water. Rub until etching is removed.

Step 4

Use a metal polish like Simichrome, Wenol or Flix and a clean rag to polish the light etching off. Use cotton swabs like Q-tips or cotton wrapped chopsticks to reach into small areas you cannot reach with your hand.

Step 5

Use acetone (nail polish remover) on a clean rag to rub etching off of glass.

Step 6

Soak the glassware in white distilled vinegar for one hour to remove etching.

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Handwash and dry.

Step 7

Hand wash your glass items after removing the etching using hot water and a non-detergent liquid dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately to eliminate water spots.