How to Clean Cloudy Glasses From the Dishwasher

Dishwashers cause glasses to become cloudy due to hard water. Sometimes the glasses actually become etched in the dishwasher, which means that pieces of the glassware are wearing away. Etching occurs most frequently in areas with extremely soft water. If the dishwasher causes the glasses to appear cloudy, they need to be cleaned by hand. Clean the cloudy glasses as soon as possible because they will become harder to clean if you ignore the problem.

Keep your drinking glasses crystal clear by washing them manually.

Step 1

Fill the kitchen sink with distilled vinegar. You will need enough vinegar to cover the glasses completely.

Step 2

Allow the glasses to soak for 30 minutes to one hour. Drain the vinegar from the sink.

Step 3

Fill the kitchen sink with hot water. Place the cloudy glassware into the water.

Step 4

Add 1/2 cup of dishwasher powder to the hot water.

Step 5

Allow the glasses to soak in the water for up to four hours.

Step 6

Scrub on the glasses with a scouring pad or sponge to remove the cloudiness.

Step 7

Rinse the glasses under warm water.

Step 8

Dry the glasses with a lint-free towel. Allowing the glasses to air-dry will cause spots to form.

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.