How to Clean a Narrow Neck Decanter Without Leaving Water Spots


Narrow neck decanters look elegant but can be trickier to clean than wide-mouthed decanters. To give the insides a good scrubbing, you will need to use a bottle brush. However, even when using these, water spots may appear after the decanter has dried. Water spots are simply mineral deposits left after the liquid has evaporated. This knowledge is one key to preventing water spots.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Dry rice
  • Bottle brush
  • White vinegar
  • Place ½ cup of uncooked rice in the decanter and then fill it with warm water and a tsp. of liquid dish detergent. Push a bottle brush into the decanter, if possible, and brush clean the inside.

  • Set the bottle brush aside. Place one hand over the mouth of the decanter, or place a lid or cork in it if available, and shake it well. The dried rice will brush against the sides, cleaning it further.

  • Empty the soapy water and rice from the decanter. Rinse it out with warm water.

  • Fill the decanter ¼ full of white vinegar. Add water the rest of the way, filling it up into the decanter neck area.

  • Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. The vinegar will dissolve minerals that may be on the internal surfaces of the decanter.

  • Wet a cloth with undiluted white vinegar and wipe the external areas of the decanter. Pour the vinegar and water solution out of the decanter and leave it open on the counter to air-dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your home has hard water and you are still left with water spots after using this cleaning procedure, use undiluted white vinegar instead of vinegar and water when cleaning the interior in step four. If using undiluted vinegar, you don't have to fill the entire decanter with vinegar; instead, fill it ¼ the way full of vinegar then cover the mouth and shake it well so the vinegar touches all surfaces.

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