How to Get Rid of Waterspots on Glassware


High mineral content in water can cause unattractive spots to appear on glassware and other glass surfaces. Soap film on glassware increases when water spots and deposits are present. If not promptly treated, water spots can etch glassware and cause permanent stains. The longer water spots remain on glass, the more difficult they are to remove. Properly maintaining glass preserves its translucent shine and prevents water spots from forming. Fortunately, basic solutions can effectively get rid of water spots on glassware.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • White vinegar
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • Warm water
  • 3 tbsp. baking soda
  • Plastic bowl
  • Clean terry cloth
  • Soak a paper towel in undiluted white vinegar. Cover the water spots with the vinegar-soaked paper towel. Keep the paper towel on the glass for an hour.

  • Scrub the water spots with a nylon scouring pad. Rinse the glass with warm water to wash out the vinegar.

  • Inspect the glass for remaining water spots. If spots remain, combine 3 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tbsp. of white vinegar in a plastic bowl. Thoroughly mix the ingredients.

  • Wipe the baking soda and vinegar paste over the remaining water spots. Keep the paste on the glass for 30 minutes.

  • Scrub the spots with the scouring pad until they are completely removed. Thoroughly rinse the glass with warm water.

  • Wipe the glass completely dry using a clean terry cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute lemon juice for the white vinegar.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaning solutions or supplies, as they may scratch the glass.

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