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:
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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To clean your glassware:
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!