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Cleaning Wine Glasses

btn dishesHere's a few tips that will make sure you get the best flavors from your wines and keep your wine glasses sparkling clean.

Cleaning Wine Glasses in the Dishwasher

Yes, you can put most wine glasses in the dishwasher. Be sure to use a delicate wash cycle, skip the heated drying cycle and space glasses so they won't hit each other and possibly chip or break. The best long-term results, though, come from washing special glassware by hand.

Cleaning Wine Glasses by Hand

Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President, Education for the American Cleaning Institute says, “The safest cleaning method for your wine glasses is to clean them by hand.” Follow these tips to avoid chips and spots:

  1. Make sure your sink is clean; and it’s best to clean the glasses before you tackle the greasy dinner plates or pots and pans.
  2. Lay a towel in the sink before filling with hot water. Wash one wine glass at a time to avoid damage.
  3. To keep soap from flavoring your next glass of wine, use a small amount of detergent and use it only where it's needed -- in the bottom of the glass and around the rim. Cradle the bowl of the glass in one hand while washing to protect the stem.
  4. To clean the inside of a glass, use a stemware brush with soft-foam bristles.
  5. Rinsing thoroughly with hot water
  6. While your glasses are still hot from the rinse, put them upside down and let them air dry or dry the wine glasses with a smooth lint-free cloth, such as a microfiber or flour sack towel.


Red wine can leave stains if left overnight. As you clear the food after your party quickly rinse any glasses. The final clean can wait until the morning.

Crystal glasses may develop a white or grey film. To remove it, just soak them in a weak vinegar and water solution for an hour or two. The vinegar (acetic acid) eats away the organic (wine) build up. After a while you'll have sparkling clean glasses again.

Crystal is much more porous than typical glass and is more likely to absorb odors from its surroundings. It’s best not to store them near your coffee, spice rack or cleaning supplies.