How to clean a wine glass?

To clean your wine glasses and decanters, prefer hand-cleaning to machine-cleaning, using warm water and gel soap. Dry with a microfiber cloth. Use white vinegar and baking soda for stubborn traces of limescale.

Which method should you choose for your wine glasses: dishwasher or hand-cleaning?

If your wine glasses can be cleaned in the dishwasher, this solution may reduce their brilliance, cause yellowing or leave a few marks (limescale, stubborn tannins, washing stains, etc.). Also, hand-clean your wine glasses and decanters.

Good to know: water hardness encourages limescale stains and sometimes complicates washing.

How to wash a glass of wine by hand without using a dishwasher?

  • Soak your glasses or add a little water to loosen deposits and tannins from your red wines.
  • Wash your glasses and carafe with hot water and washing-up liquid, rather than a strong detergent. Use the soft side of the sponge to avoid scratching the glass.
  • Rinse with hot water.
  • Let your glasses drain.
  • Dry with a microfiber cloth rather than a tea towel. The microfiber cloth helps to brighten your glassware and revive its shine by wiping away streaks.
Another anti-stain tip is to boil water and place the glasses on top in the steam. Then dry with a microfiber cloth. This avoids water droplet marks.

How do you restore the shine to your wine glasses and decanters?

To prevent limescale marks and restore the shine to your wine glasses, use heated white vinegar, water and a little baking soda. Dip your glasses in this solution when washing.

How to clean the bottom of a wine glass?

Use white vinegar and/or baking soda, or hot water. Leave to stand for several minutes, then clean your glasses. After tasting, you can put a little water in the glass to prevent tannins and residues from drying out. This makes cleaning easier.

How to avoid stains and marks on a wine glass? Our tips

  • Always place your lips in the same place on the glass.
  • Hold your wine glass by the stem, not the chalice.
  • Use baking soda to avoid limescale marks.
  • Clean and dry your glasses properly.

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Aveine's advice

Never put crystal glasses and decanters in the washing machine. To restore the brilliance of crystal glasses or decanters, soak them in white vinegar, which can also be heated slightly. Add a spoonful of baking soda if your wine glasses are dull and speckled with traces of limescale.