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wisekaren's picture

We always put our cheap wine glasses in the dishwasher, but we wash the Spiegelau glasses by hand. And guess what, we can't get them perfectly clean! There's a rosy glow at the bottom that I can't get out, and I can just barely get my hand in there anyhow. And then we leave them to air dry and they get spotty and yucky. So please, someone, provide step-by-step instructions for hand-washing wine glasses! TIA

Karen

shoechick's picture

(post #54260, reply #1 of 75)

No help on washing, but what I do make sure we do is rinse them ASAP, or at least add a bit of water to the bottom so they don't sit around with red wine in them that will stain.

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54260, reply #4 of 75)

Second that. I know it is a PIA to rinse that same (evening..?) but it works. I also let them soak in a mild soapy solution overnight if I am not going to clean up right away.

The high lead content crystal glass that was made 50+ years ago seems prone to this sort of staining.

Cheers,

Peter

 

wisekaren's picture

(post #54260, reply #11 of 75)

These are new glasses (lower lead content?), so I hope I can get the stains out! I do wash them right away, or at the very least, leave a little water in 'em.

Karen

SallyBR's picture

(post #54260, reply #68 of 75)

WHAAAAT? You consider going to sleep and leaving DISHES unwashed?????\


Ah, the humanity!


 

 

assibams's picture

(post #54260, reply #69 of 75)

Well, to be precise he did not say that he was going to SLEEP (ducking and hiding in the corner)

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Geoffchef's picture

(post #54260, reply #2 of 75)

After many errors, I have found success in this endeavour! Some of this may seem obvious, but the steps I follow are: The hottest water I can stand to wash in, a small amount of good soap - I use Melaleuca, do the glasses first, fresh dishcloth - washed and dried without fabric softener, rinse with full hot, drain upside down for a few minutes and then polish with a clean towel, also washed and dried without fabric softener.


This, I have discovered, seems to be a little known fact. Despite those Fleecy ads on TV, where they show you the lovely, fat, puffy towels; you should never use any fabric softener, liquid or dryer sheet, on towels or dishcloths; it destroys the absorbency.

 

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dixie1's picture

(post #54260, reply #3 of 75)

I agree - no fabric softener in my kitchen towels or dishcloths at all. I have some 'Miracle cloths' that don't even get washed in the same load as other kitchen cloths/towels.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #54260, reply #5 of 75)

The advertising seems almost unethical, doesn't it?

 

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MER02's picture

(post #54260, reply #7 of 75)

absolutely misleading advertizing. all they focus on is towels that bounce up and down as if they were on a trampoline while someone was jumping.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #54260, reply #9 of 75)

if you want really soft towels, try washing them using real soap in the washer, rather than detergent. I buy Dr Bronner's liquid castille soap (I like lavender, but there's also peppermint, almond, aloe, tea tree and eucalyptus) for the baby's clothes and use it for towels and sheets as well.
It's more expensive, but you only need 1/4 cup for a load.

~RuthAnn

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Gretchen's picture

(post #54260, reply #12 of 75)

I use a brush to get down into our glasses to rinse the wine out--that my DH has left in. Wash in soapy water, dry upside down on a towel.  Works pretty well.

Gretchen

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nob's picture

(post #54260, reply #13 of 75)

I agree, rinsing the glasses right after use helps.  I bought this weird-looking thing to wash my Riedel tasting glasses; it's a brush that looks like it's made from some kind of extruded foam and it's on a very flexible handle so you can bend the handle and the brush part to suit the curve of different glasses.  I imagine you could find one at most wine 'boutiques'.

Fledge's picture

(post #54260, reply #15 of 75)

Hi again nob,


I use that and it works well.


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Curtsey,
Fledge


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nob's picture

(post #54260, reply #26 of 75)

Thank you for your welcome.  I actually came here initially to use the homebuildng board and saw 'cooking' and then, of course, got hopelessly enmeshed in the topics of discussion.

MER02's picture

(post #54260, reply #14 of 75)

KW,

I would never have guessed that I could use Dr Bronners in the wash. I guess I have seen too many sitcoms where the machines bubbled over and on to the floor. I will try that on my next wash and I will report back to you. Thanks!

Maybe I will try that on the sheets today--IF and when I find the Dr Bronners. The whole house is in boxes! Makes for a very interesting adventure everyday. :) I love the scents that this company uses in their products, but I buy peppemint every time. lol.

I am very excited about this idea. :) A nice change of pace.

Fledge's picture

(post #54260, reply #16 of 75)

I have not heard of the Dr......where can I find him?

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Jean's picture

(post #54260, reply #17 of 75)

http://www.drbronner.com/soaps.html

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Fledge's picture

(post #54260, reply #18 of 75)

Poop, not exactly a wally world item, is it?

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Wolvie's picture

(post #54260, reply #39 of 75)

I don't think the prices are that bad. I just ordered some. With testimonials from KW and Mer, it's bound to be a good product.


Forget Wally world. ;-)


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Fledge's picture

(post #54260, reply #40 of 75)

Well, you all have certainly peeked my interest.


I love this forum.  Not just for food either.


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MER02's picture

(post #54260, reply #20 of 75)

His soap is the BEST for a laugh. The label is full of tiny text- declarations exclaiming the goodness of GOD! But the soap is fantastic and a MUST for camping. The soap is biodegradable. You should be able to get this at any camping or health store. The more granola the store, the better. :)

Fledge's picture

(post #54260, reply #21 of 75)

How bout Army Surplus?

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #54260, reply #24 of 75)

I get mine at the local Wild Oats, and have seen it at health foods stores.


It is good stuff.  And, the label is a hoot.


Leigh

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UncleDunc's picture

(post #54260, reply #25 of 75)

Agree, health food stores should have it. Also hiking and camping stores.

MER02's picture

(post #54260, reply #27 of 75)

"How bout Army Surplus?"

NO!

:) The people who shop at Army surplus dont wear burkenstocks..

Look for white guys with dreads... shop there.

Marcia's picture

(post #54260, reply #29 of 75)

Probably not Army surplus, but you never can tell! GNC, Whole Foods and any old health food store will have it. Army surplus.....lol.

Marcia's picture

(post #54260, reply #28 of 75)

The labels give me the creeps, but I love the soap. I would never have thought you could use it in the washer, though.


I think there is even stuff about space aliens on the bottle. But maybe I imagined that. I haven't read one for a while, but the labels are certainly........different.

MadMom's picture

(post #54260, reply #30 of 75)

ITA about the labels...what's with this guy?  At any rate, I bought a bottle of the lavender today, so now I have to figure out what to do with it.  RA, do you use it for washing sheets and towels?  If so, how much do you add to a load? 

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MER02's picture

(post #54260, reply #32 of 75)

1/4 cup to a full load of laundry

(If it were me, I'd start with about half that and see how I like it, but I tend to shy away from adding too much soap. RuthAnn says that she uses 1/4 cup.)

Marcia's picture

(post #54260, reply #33 of 75)

The original doctor is long gone, I believe, but his soap lives on! It is great for hand washables and I use it straight for cleaning the shower and that sort of thing. The milder ones leave a nice, fresh scent. I'm allergic to most scents, so I find it especially useful. The peppermint one is so potent that it will get heavy perfumy smells out of sweaters just beautifully. You might not even care, but now you know.


Isn't it interesting how many non-food related things one learns on this board?