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Dear Dr. Vinny,
How do you clean wineglasses to a spot-free, clear shine?
—Tom, Blaine, Wash.
I tend to put my wineglasses in my dishwasher these days (leaving plenty of space around them), but they often come out with at least a few spots. I’ve also heard that multiple dishwashings will start to turn glasses cloudy. If you wash them by hand, use little to no soap, and lots of hot water. Pre-soaking in a solution of water and white vinegar may help keep glasses sparkly, but be sure to rinse them thoroughly afterward. If wine has stained your glasses, I treat those with baking soda, which won’t leave any scratches.
For spot-free glasses, the trick is in the drying. Either linen towels or polishing microfiber cloths specifically for wineglasses usually do the trick. And don't use any smelly soap, fabric softener or dryer sheets, which might linger on the cloths and leave streaks on the glasses.
And here's a safety tip: Never hold the stem in one hand and twist the bowl with the other. Wineglasses don’t like to be twisted at their weak point.