Cleaning Crystal

by Jill Culley
(last updated May 23, 2016)

Crystal is as fragile as it is beautiful. Therefore, cleaning your crystal should be an activity done when there is plenty of time. When I clean my crystal wine glasses, I work with warm water, mild soap, and a lint-free towel. I always clean my crystal by hand; I never put it in the dishwasher as the dishwasher may cause breaks. Whether you have crystal dishware, jewelry, or figurines, keeping your crystal in great shape means just a little bit of time and some elbow grease.

  • Warm water and mild soap. When I clean my crystal wine glasses, I use my two-sided kitchen sink. I fill up one side with warm water and a mild soap like Ivory dish soap. It's the best mild dish soap you can find at the grocery store. I fill up the other side with plain warm water. Don't get the water too hot; it can damage the crystal as well as hurt your skin.
  • Washing the crystal. I only put one piece of crystal-ware in the sink at a time. When the crystal is in the soapy water, it can be very slippery. I rotate my glass around in the water and wash it gently with a sponge.
  • Drying. I suggest drying the crystal-ware immediately. If you let it air dry, it will get spots on it. Very gently dry the crystal with a lint-free towel.
  • Storing clean crystal. If you have dishware, you should always store the crystal upright if you store it in a cabinet. If it has its own case, simply put the object back in there until the next use.

Keeping your crystal clean prolongs its life as well as gives you something to admire. With these simple steps and a little bit of extra time one weekend, you can keep your crystal objects looking brand new.

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