Cleaning Glass Accessories
Glass flower vases, cruets, or carafes used to hold water,
wine, oil or other liquids may develop stains in the
bottom when allowed to set for a long time. Normal washing
with soap and water may not get off all the stain. To
remove these stains, try the following steps:
Pour vinegar (brown or white) into glass so as to be above
the stain mark. Allow to stand 30 minutes to overnight,
depending on intensity of the stain. Before emptying
vinegar, add about 1/2 teaspoon dry uncooked rice, or 6-10
dry bean. Shake glass rapidly so hard grains can rub off
loosened stain with a scouring action. Pour contents out.
Rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
If not all the stain is removed, pour ammonia into the
glass to be above stain mark and allow to stand over
night. Add rice or beans and shake. Repeat if necessary.
Commercial products such as 'Lime Away' can remove some
stains. Read labels and follow directions exactly. You may
need to add grains of rice or beans and shake to get
scouring action with these products also.
If you have crystal vases or carafes, do not leave flowers
or food in them any longer than necessary, since chemical
changes can occur which permanently stain crystal.