Do your drinking glasses smell after the dishwasher? It’s bad enough when you’re thirsty and get a whiff of something not right. When guests notice that odor, it’s downright embarrassing. Fortunately, it’s easy to remove smells from glasses and keep your drinking glasses from smelling after they come out of the dishwasher.
When Drinking Glasses Smell
Why the big stink?
Ever since the the EPA required soap manufacturers to remove phosphates from dishwasher detergent, glasses throughout the country have started to smell bad. Some liken the smell to fish, others say it’s more like rotting meat.
As if the smell wasn’t enough, some are noticing their glasses are starting to develop a disgusting haze that makes them look as if they’ve never been washed. Over time that film builds up and your once clear drinking glasses look etched. If you do nothing, that can become permanent.
How To Get Rid Of Drinking Glass Smells
Once again, white vinegar comes to the rescue! There are a couple of ways to treat this problem, depending on whether you hand-wash your glasses or just stick them in the dishwasher like I do.
In The Sink
Spread a thick towel on the bottom of your sink act as a cushion and arrange glasses on top of the towel. Run the hot water until the glasses are completely submerged, adding 1 cup of vinegar as the sink fills. Let soak for 20-30 minutes, then wash and dry as usual.
In The Dishwasher
Add 1 cup of vinegar to the first rinse cycle. Let it run for a minute or two then pause the cycle so glasses soak for 20-30 minutes. In most dishwashers, this involves popping the door open. After they’ve soaked, close the door and allow the cycle to continue as normal.
To prevent hazing in the future, replace the expensive stuff like Jet Dry in your rinse dispenser with vinegar. It works just as well and saves money, too.
And don’t forget to clean your dishwasher regularly to keep your dishes coming out clean!
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