Cleaning that funky, cloudy glassware

By: Badbadivy Feb 13, 2007

Anybody that has hard water can attest that cloudy glassware can be a major pain. I've always used the standard advice to soak them in warm vinegar, and it works, but not for very long and it always comes back worse. Check out my funky glass:


 Now, who would want to drink out of that?


Yep, that's pretty heinous. I was thinking of getting rid of those glasses and just buying some new when my mother gave me a great tip. Use white toothpaste to scrub the glasses. It will remove the deposits and apparently, help aid in keeping them from coming back. So I tested this theory out.


First, get some cheap dollar store white toothpaste. The cheaper, the better. Then scrub the toothpaste all over the glass like so:


 Use an old toothbrush, unless you don't mind brushing your teeth with a completely funky toothbrush.


 Rinse thoroughly and voila! Your drinking glasses are like new again:

 Much, much better, yo!


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This is brilliant - thanks so much!

CLR will take the lime and scale off but you might be dealing with a scratch haze and a good polishing compund works great...

Maybe I am doing something incorrectly- I have this product too - do you soak glasses in it?

CLR works even better...

It is not working for me - any other products?

Soft scrub or even polishing compound works even better...

3 words, "Bar Keepers Friend"! I had cloudy glasses that just came out of our dishwasher when our water softener broke down. I searched around and found the toothpaste idea here. Didn't work very well for me. Then I remembered how well "Bar Keepers Friend" works on Stainless Steel. I tried it and it worked! I even tried it on an old 'Ball" glass we have had that was cloudy! The trick I found is to be very gentle and keep your sponge wet!

Didn't work at all. Tried three times same glass. ??????
Thank you SO much! I have tried vinegar, rinse aids, etc. to no avail - this worked like a charm. So happy to have my glasses back!
Didn't work for me. I used a sample tube from the dentist, something Colgate Enamel, so maybe the toothpaste is too formulated? Sigh. After the warm water + vinegar effort didn't last, I was hoping for something this simple.

I thought my glasses were junk...this worked so well I went through the cupboards and shined up a bunch of old glassware...THANK YOU !!!!!!!!

I cant believe how easy it was.. I have used white toothpaste to clean brass before and it works great but never thought to try it on this...

thanks again :)


Worked like a charm on a crystal vase that I thought I'd have to throw away. Thanks! :)


I LIKE this idea! I also learned today that toothpaste is great for cleaning the old stains off your glass baking dishes!


You can also use toothpaste and a q-tip to clean scratches off the glass face of your watch. = ) 

amazing have used vinager, lemon juice and this is so fast and easy!!

worked like a charm on a very old vase! thanks so much!

Didn't work.  Tried it.  Didn't work.

An even easier way to get rid of hard water spots on just about anything is to just soak them in a solution of Vineger and Water mixture.  Will clear those spots off really great. Saves on any scrubbing!

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