How to Remove Odor From Glass

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Dirt or mildew may cause odor on glass items.
Dirt or mildew may cause odor on glass items. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Glass of any kind may develop odor due to surface grime or mold. Pungent, musty odors develop easily in jars, vases, drinking glasses, or on beveled glass due to mildew, for example. Odors on glass are only surface odors, however, as glass is non-porous. Inexpensive household remedies work well for safely removing any odors from glass products.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Rubber mat
  • Bottle brush
  • Towel

Glass That is Not Submersible

Wet a soft sponge in warm water. Add a drop of dishwashing liquid to the sponge.

Scrub grime off the glass with the sponge. Use a toothbrush to clean out crevices in the glass, if applicable.

Rinse the glass with a clean sponge dampened in clean water. Mix 1 cup of white vinegar or 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl.

Wipe this solution over the glass and leave it for 15 to 30 minutes without rinsing. Rinse the glass with a clean damp sponge and dry it with a soft, clean towel.

Vases And Other Submersible Glass Products

Place a rubber mat or towel on the bottom of your kitchen sink. Place the glass item on this and fill the sink with warm water until the water is deep enough to cover the glass.

Add dishwashing liquid to a damp sponge and wash grime off the glass. Use a toothbrush or bottlebrush to clean out crevices in the glass, if necessary. After washing, add either 1 cup of white vinegar or 1 cup of baking soda to the water.

Soak the glass in the sink for 15 to 30 minutes. After the time is up, let the water drain from the sink and rinse the glass with fresh water.

Dry the glass with a clean towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is safe, but usually not necessary, to leave the vinegar or baking soda on the glass items longer than 30 minutes if you choose.

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