Stop using dish soap on your wine glasses
The world of wine is reputed to be mystifying. Legs? Tannins? Why is everyone slumping? So that it makes sense that when it comes to taking care of your wine glasses, many people have many different opinions. In fact, when researching the best methods for cleaning wine glasses, you might find more questions than answers. Different say the sources different things on hand washing, air drying and whether or not wine glasses are dishwasher safe. A common theme that comes up again and again, however: Using soap to clean your wine glasses can do more harm than good.
Here’s the case against soap and how you should clean your wine glasses instead.
Do I detect a hint of…detergent?
If you take a sip and notice that your wine tastes bad, don’t immediately blame the bottle as a bad batch. The real culprit may be your glass and the soapy residue that was left behind. This soapy residue comes with a scent, and all of the competing scents have a huge impact on your experience of a wine.
More, as a wire cutter points out, repeated use of detergent can etch your glassware and make it increasingly cloudy. Over time, this could alter the taste of the wine you drink from these cloudy glasses.
More methods to clean your wine glasses
So what should you use instead of soap? Here are some of the best detergent-free techniques to get your wine glasses sparkling clean.
The steam method
We have already exceeded this steam method to get rid of stains on your wine glasses. The technique is simple: boil water, collect the steam in the glass and polish the glass with a microfiber cloth.
The rinsing method
Some Sources claim that all it takes to get a clean wine glass is enough hot water. Rinse the glass several times with hot water, making sure you don’t see any residual wine on the glass. This method is perfect when you’ve just had a quick glass of wine and you wash them immediately, so that no lipstick or food stains remain on the glasses overnight.
Maybe you’re skeptical that hot water will do the job. If you must use Something in addition to hot water, opt for vinegar.
Add a splash of vinegar and water to your glass, then wipe it down with a non-abrasive sponge. Rinse well and dry the glass with a microfiber towel, so you do not leave traces or scratches.
To obtain a perfect varnish, consult The Restaurant Takeout Approved Method for Stain-Free Glassware:
1. Fill a liter-sized plastic container or dish pan with hot water. The hotter the better, but of course don’t burn yourself.
2. Pour a generous drizzle of White vinegar. In a liter-sized container, I would usually add a tablespoon or two.
3. Gently lower the top of the wine glass into the water, running it over all surfaces
4. Using the edge of a lint-free tea towel, hold the glass by its base so your fingerprints don’t get on the stem. Use the free part of the towel to gently but completely dry the glass bulb. The fewer swipes the better
5. Now turn the glass upside down and dip its bottom leg into the water, still holding the glass by its stem with the towel.
6. Dry the bottom of the foot with the towel.
And There you go. Clean wine glasses; no soap needed.