How to Clean Cloudy Glassware the Easy Way

I had heard that vinegar was a good way to remove spots and cloudiness from your glassware, but what I didn’t know until recently was that you can add it right into your dishwasher each cycle. I was at my parent’s house one day and my mom had been doing this for a little while, and all their glassware had lost any cloudiness and spots.

How to clean cloudy glassware the easy way

I tried it myself, and it worked on our glasses too. And bonus? If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, it keeps the inside looking brand new. Ours had started getting a whitish residue, and that is mostly all gone now. This goes for any dishwasher, but it also keeps it smelling fresh. Ours had started to get a little musty smelling, and adding vinegar each cycle cleared that right up.

What to do:

Buy a BIG container of vinegar, and then each time you run a cycle, just pour what looks like about a cup into the bottom. You’ll still want to use dishwasher detergent (I use Cascade Complete). You don’t have to mess with putting it in the rinse aid slot, or any slot, just pour it right in the dishwasher and start it up. If your glasses are really cloudy, it may take a few cycles to get them completely clear.

Cheers to sparkling glassware!

And P.S. – check out my Easy Stainless Steel Cleaning tip to see how I keep my stainless steel appliances so shiny.

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  1. says

    Hi Jena, I’m so glad I ran across this post. I recently bought a rinse aid, and I *have* noticed that it leaves my glasses looking cleaner, but vinegar is SO much cheaper and if it cleans the inside ouf my dishwasher out too, all the better. I’ll start using your mom’s method as soon as I finish up the rinse aid. Thanks for sharing this great tip, I’m pinning it!


  2. Nancy C. says

    When I got a new dishwasher, the installer told me that using too much soap in combination with cleaning your dishes before they go in the dishwasher can end up etching your dishes! Who knew? I think my cloudy glasses are etched as the vinegar did not work. So…lesson learned….stick your dirty dishes in the dishwasher and don’t use too much soap!

  3. Pam K says

    Don’t use liquid dishwasher soap and you will not have cloudy glassware. Use a powder or a powder tab instead. Also use a rinse aid and you won’t have spots caused by hard water.

  4. JC says

    I think the Cascade is the big culprit in the cloudy glasses. I bought it on sale, and can’t wait to be done with it. Finish I so much better. No vinegar required!

    • Jena M says

      Erin, that’s a great point, and thank you for mentioning this. Most dishwasher detergents don’t contain bleach, but if you do use one with bleach, vinegar should not be added to the wash.

  5. Mindy says

    The sales man for my parents new dish washer told them to cut your dishwashing soap tablets in quarters…too much soap is the problem …esp if you have soft water.

  6. Arnell says

    I had a BIG problem with cloudy dishes. I found out that the Cascade, etc. have enzymes that don’t dissolve in really hard water like I have so it leaves a film on the dishes, all dishes. We just see the glasses film. So I started using the vinegar and a cheap dollar store dish soap and I have wonderfully clean and clear glasses and so all dishes!! I tried to go back and use up some of the old cascade, finish, oxi clean, etc I have stashed and, yup, some more film! UGH! I love vinegar but the cheapy soap is the key – no enzymes.

  7. Tamara says

    I use vinegar with each and every dishwasher cycle. We have hard water and about a year ago thought we might have to replace our dishwasher due to build up. But since I’ve been using vinegar in the machine, not only are the dishes sparkling, the dishwasher works great! And bonus, I can get two gallon jugs for under $4 at Costco!

  8. Tracy says

    I put one cup vinegar in microwave and set for 1 minute. It’s great to clean your microwave then when that’s finished I pour the cup into the dishwasher. A win win

  9. Russ says

    I had a big problem with all my glass and clear plastic wares. Very cloudy and looking unclean.
    I used vinegar in a number of ways and it helped but it just didn’t get that new appearance back for me.
    We were almost convinced it must be our mid-line quality dishwasher and thought we should go ahead and get a new one. A trusted friend said I should try the Finnish brand modules. I did and I’ve been so pleased. A huge difference right away and I am so pleased. I just wanted to pass on my own experience with this particular problem.

    Russ. in Fort Collins , CO

  10. Ann Merhall says

    i use this method but i only use 1/2 cup vinegar in a glass cup at top rack middle. it cleans miraculously. i am currently using LemiShine dishwasher tabs and together i get a sparkling clean load every time.

  11. Ranger says

    I have used white vinegar as a rinse aid in my dishwasher for years. It not only cleans glassware very well, it cleans the dishwasher inside and it is much cheaper than store bought rinse aid. I live in a very old villa in the middle of New Zealand countryside, miles from any shops. Vinegar and baking soda are my major cleaning products – environmentally friendly and cost effective.

  12. says

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  13. says

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  14. Linda Kremer says

    I had heard about vinegar to clean cloudy glasses. It said soak glass in combo of water and vinegar and soak for 2 hours. This did not work so I soaked 1 glass in the mixture for six weeks (lol) and still nochange.

  15. Eric says

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