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How to get glassware clean without a dishwasher

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You might not be able to use a dishwasher, but that doesn't mean your glassware has to be dirty. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can keep your glasses clean without a dishwasher at all! Here's how:

Start with hot water.

The first step in getting your glassware clean is to use hot water. Hot water is better than cold water for a number of reasons:

  • It makes it easier to remove grease and stains from dishes
  • It improves the cleaning capabilities of dish soap
  • It helps to remove bacteria from dishes that could cause illness if ingested (or if they touch your mouth)
  • Hot water also helps to remove minerals and other deposits left behind by hard tap water, which can build up in your dishes over time

Use soap.

The first step to cleaning non-dishwasher safe glassware is to use soap. But don't worry, you don't need to go out and buy a fancy dishwashing liquid—all you need is the kind of soap that's used for hand-washing dishes.

If your glasses have been coated with grease or food, you may want to give them an initial rinse with hot water before getting started on this step. To make sure your glasses are clean without scratching them, use only enough soap as necessary—too much and you'll risk leaving behind residue or causing streaks!

Or use baking soda and vinegar.

You can also use baking soda and vinegar to get your glassware clean. Mix 1 part baking soda with 2 parts water, then apply it to the glass using a sponge. Let the glass soak for several minutes before washing in hot water. You may have to repeat this process if you haven't used your dishwasher in awhile or if the stain is particularly bad, but it's worth giving this method a shot first!

Or soak the glasses in vinegar or baking soda overnight.

If you don't have a dishwasher, but you do have vinegar and baking soda on hand, try this: Fill the glass with water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Then add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, which works as a natural disinfectant. Let them sit overnight or for at least an hour before rinsing thoroughly in warm water. This method can also be used to clean your coffee pot if it gets stained from coffee residue.

You may find that some stains are more difficult to remove than others. If so, don't be afraid to use something stronger than baking soda or vinegar—just make sure whatever product you're using is safe for glassware!

Choose the right sponge or brush.

To get glassware clean without a dishwasher, you'll need to use a sponge with a soft side and a scrubby side. You can buy sponges with this feature at your local grocery store, or you can find them in bulk on Amazon.

If you'd rather use brushes than sponges (or if your kitchen doesn't allow for such luxuries), opt for brushes with stiff bristles that won't damage fragile surfaces like crystal glasses and coffee mugs. In fact, most experts recommend using nylon-bristled brushes when cleaning delicate glassware because they won't scratch delicate surfaces like those made of borosilicate glass.

Keep them upright.

  • This will help water to drain out of the glasses, preventing water marks and keeping your glassware sparkling clean.
  • Use a draining rack or dish towel to keep the glasses upright as you wash them by hand.

Wrap your glassware in newspaper before you stack it away.

Newspapers are inexpensive and can be recycled, so they're an eco-friendly choice. Plus, they're absorbent and more economical than paper towels.

To clean your glassware:

  • Wrap each piece of glassware in newspaper before you stack it away to dry. Use a single layer of newspaper for small glasses or stemware; use two layers if the pieces are larger or heavier.
  • Leave the wrapped glassware out in a dry place for several hours (or overnight) so that any remaining moisture can evaporate completely

You can make sure your glassware is always clean, even if it's not in the dishwasher!

  • Use hot water.
  • Use soap and/or baking soda to get rid of the grime on your glassware before you wash it in the dishwasher, or use an all-purpose cleaner after washing them by hand.
  • Clean your sponge or brush regularly to make sure they're not carrying any bacteria back onto the glasses and dishes (we like this one).
  • Keep them upright so they don't fall over, which can cause scratches or chips in the glassware's surface—and try wrapping each piece separately before storing it away to help prevent breakage while they're stacked neatly together in a cabinet!

It’s easy to keep your glassware clean and sparkling with these tips. With just a little bit of extra effort, your dirty dishes can stay out of the sink for good!

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