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How To Get Glassware To Sparkle out of the Dishwasher

By Edited Jun 17, 2015 0 2

Sometimes when you take glasses and dishes out of it they look just as bad as when you put them in. The cloudy haze that is left behind on the glassware makes your glasses look dirty and you end up rewashing them. Sometimes the water spots are enough to drive you crazy.  Because of the heat of it, water dries onto the glasses & dishes and forms ugly water spots. Some homeowners fac the problem of a high mineral content in their water which leads to more spots on the glasses and dishes along with a chalky white haze. Setting the table with seemingly dirty dishes is not an option. To save time and money, follow these tips to make your glasses sparkle.


Make sure your water is hot enough. Many times spots and cloudy film are due to water that is not hot enough.

Test You Water-Temperature

To test your hot-water, run the water from you tap -- hot-water only-- until it reaches its hottest.

Fill a glass with the hot-water and pour one to two tablespoons of dishwasher detergent into the glass.

Watch the detergent as it sinks. If it detergent dissolves before hitting the bottom of the glass, your hot-water is hot enough. If it does not dissolve before hitting the bottom, turn up the temperature on your hot-water heater.

Get The Hottest Water

When you are about to run it, turn your hot-water on in the sink closest to it and let it run until it gets to its hottest temperature. Turn it on and the faucet off. This clears the water pipes of cool and tepid water for it.

When you are using other appliances that require hot-water or someone is taking a bath or shower, do not run it. There is not enough of a hot-water supply to get your glassware clean. Wait about 30 minutes after the using other appliances or the shower before using it.

Detergent Amount

If you use a water softener in your house, use half of the recommended dishwasher detergent. If you use too much dishwasher detergent it will cause your glasses to look hazy. After repeatedly using too much dishwasher detergent, your glasses can become permanently etched from the excess detergent.


Do not overload it.

Sometimes less is more and this is true when loading it.

Make sure the sprayers are not blocked by large items.

Type of Detergent

Use liquid or gel detergents. They dissolve faster than powdered. Powdered dishwasher detergents tend to clump over time and those clumps do not break down easily in it.

Dishwasher Maintenance

Rinse it filter, which is usually located at the bottom of it. Built up food particles can redistribute throughout the glasses and dishes and cause dirty films.

Hard Water

If you have hard water, pour a cup of white vinegar into a glass or bowl and place it upright in it. Run the load. The white vinegar with help your glasses sparkle.



Jan 6, 2011 2:40pm
Great tips! I'm going to try the one to clear the water pipes of cool water. Thanks Kristara.
Dec 6, 2011 7:24pm
Good ideas. I just tried to solve this problem today. Thanks for the article.
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