How to Remove Soap Scum From Drinking Glasses

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • 2 Soft cloths or dishtowels


Reduce the amount of soap you use in the dishwasher or dishwater. Dry your dishes by hand immediately after washing them to prevent buildup. Do not use the dry cycle on the dishwasher if you have hard water. Instead, hand dry the dishes most susceptible to visible soap scum spots.

Soap Scum occurs when soap bonds with hard water particles. It can create a cloudy or smudged appearance in your drinking glasses. A water softening system can be installed in your home to prevent soap scum. Some dishwashers have a special soap scum prevention cycle, but it may not always work if you use too much detergent. Soap scum is more of an eyesore than a danger, so a simple cleaning to remove the dull appearance is all that is necessary.


Step 1

Apply a small amount of white vinegar to a clean cloth.

Step 2

Rub away the soap scum film or spots on the glasses.

Step 3

Rinse the vinegar from the glasses.

Step 4

Dry the glasses with a clean dry cloth immediately after rinsing to prevent any hard water deposits from adhering to the glass.



Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding has been writing since 2009, with work on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. A U.S. Marine captain, he has military, operations and leadership experience. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Central Arkansas, is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Development Dimensions International Targeted Selection Interviewer. He is completing an MBA at the University of Iowa.