In-Depth Glassware Polishing Guide Revealed: Restaurant Tips & Tricks

Polishing glassware is a quite fun task at least for me and I find it relaxing and calm, I certainly hope that it’s the same for you, otherwise you are reading this post with a blaah on your mind because you have to polish some glassware but aren’t sure how.

Anyways, in this article, I will guide you through the steps on how to polish glassware, and on top of that, you might learn some other interesting factors that consider glassware.

But first, try to have an open mind and maybe you will find yourself enjoying this simple task of everyday life!

How To Polish Glassware

1. Boil Water

So the first step here is to boil water, boil as hot as you can handle! Pour the water to a container, tub, or something clean.

2. Prepare A Polishing Cloth

As the water is warming up, find a clean and dry non-lint cloth and place it near the tub.

3. Pour Vinegar

Now as the water is in the container, pour vinegar there as well. A couple of splashes are enough.

4. Dip The Glass 1

Holding the handle, dip the glass in the hot water & vinegar mix and give it a swirl so its wet everywhere.

5. Turn The Glass

At this point, take the glass out of the water and take hold of the polishing cloth. With hand touching the cloth take a good grip on the glass and turn it over by holding it high from the stem.

6. Dip The Glass 2

Now as holding the glass from high from the stem, dip the bottom half of the glass into the water & vinegar mix and give it a swirl.

7. Dry The Glass

Without touching the glass with your skin, only with the polishing cloth, dry the glass and you’re finished! The glass should spotless. Place it down somewhere clean.

That was easy right? And a little bit of fun as well! Now let’s take a look at some additional questions that many glassware polishers usually have.

How To Polish Cutlery

Polishing cutlery is quite similar to polishing glassware but there are certain tips & tricks that you need to think about. If you are interested in how to polish cutlery you should see our Cutlery Polishing Guide so you can see a much better answer than the one written here!

Why Is My Glassware Cloudy

The main reason for cloudy glassware is absolutely hard water. Hard water is water that is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The reason why hard water makes glassware cloudy is simply that the minerals will dry onto the glass making it that cloudy and hard to see through look.

Also, when your home has hard water which is usually the case, the minerals in the water will dilute the effects of detergents and when the dishwasher will go onto the rinsing mode, hard water will make it harder as well so as we can see hard water can be a pain in the flesh

in this matter.

How Do You Clean Cloudy Glassware

There are many steps towards cleaning a cloudy glass and I’ll walk you through them. The first step is to use the method which is the main topic of this article. So soak in hot water and vinegar and after dry carefully with a microfiber cloth.

Another extremely convenient and fast way is to use Professional Wine Glass Cleaner. The great thing about this is that you pour one drop of it into your glass, hand wash it with water and dry it out. It also works with dishwashers.

You can also use toothpaste to get rid of the calcium occurrence by rubbing it gently on the glass and letting it sit for 5 -10 minutes. After that rinse with warm water and it should be gone.

How Do I Keep My Glasses From Getting Cloudy

There are a couple of ways to prevent cloudiness from happening. The first step is to heat up the water on your dishwasher. Try to get it to at least 140°F – 150°F (60°C – 65°C) so it will be much more of a fight towards hard water.

You can also try to increase the detergent amount however, don’t overdo it because it will foam more which will dilute the actual washing effect.

Last but not least, you can always handwash the glasses with as hot water as you can and carefully drying them with a proper cloth.

What Is Natural Rinse Aid For Dishwasher

I personally prefer natural rinse aids as well and I have found Lemi shine’s rinse aid to be the ideal choice for those purposes. Lemi’s rinse aid is made from natural citric extracts and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals so it’s perfect for home use.

How Do You Make Natural Rinse Aid

If you are a DIY lover and want to make natural rinse aid as your own, which is quite fun by the way. Then you should read on and check out the steps below.

You will need

Toss all ingredients into a bowl and give it a good mix and your natural rinse aid is done. Be sure to store the excess rinse aid in a container that everyone is familiar with! The liquid goes into the dishwasher rinse aid dispenser as you would place your previous rinse aid.

Can You Put Vinegar And Baking Soda In Dishwasher

Yes, you totally can put vinegar and baking soda in the dishwasher, and in many cases, it is advised to do so. However, in any circumstances don’t clean a dishwasher with both of them at the same time because you will notice quite an aggressive foaming effect if you do so.

You should always keep your dishwasher clean in order to keep the supplies clean as well, go check our Dishwasher Cleaning Guide on how to do that.


This article should give you the essentials on how to polish glassware and some bonus information that might come in useful in the future. Feel free to leave a comment if you found this post helpful, have something to add for others to see, or simply have a story of your own about polishing glassware and let’s talk about it! Until that drink clearly!

Omar Abdalla

I’m the owner of JRS. While I love writing about food, I also enjoy peaceful and relaxed cookouts at home.

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