If you own some beautiful crystal glasses that you like to get out for special occasions, you’ll probably already be aware that you need to treat them with love and careful attention. It’s likely that they weren’t cheap, and you’ll want to do your best to keep them looking fabulous for as long as possible. When you’re conscious of the environment too, it can be difficult to find a happy medium that allows you to keep your glasses clean without having a negative impact on the environment.
Let’s take a look at your options.
A cloth and water
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best ones. For the best results, fill a spray bottle with tap water, and use a soft cloth to buff the surface of your glasses. You might want to add a little washing up liquid to the mix, though it isn’t always essential. Try the basics first, and turn to the more chemical based options if you really need them. This sort of approach will help to gradually minimise the amount of detergents you use on a day-to-day basis.
Some may say that steam cleaners aren’t technically eco friendly as they require electricity, but they’re a great way to clean without the need for chemicals. The powerful jets of steam will dissolve any build-ups of grease and dirt, and will have your crystal glasses looking shiny and spectacular in no time at all. For delicate items, use the lowest setting to avoid damage. This is the best approach for crystal champagne flutes, for example.
Vinegar and water
Most people have some vinegar in their kitchen cupboards, but very few know about its excellent cleaning qualities. Dilute it with water (working to a ratio of approximately 1:4), and leave the solution in the glass for half an hour, before rinsing with warm water. Don’t be put off by the smell, as it will quickly disappear! This little trick will work for almost all stains and marks on most surfaces, so don’t rule it out before giving it a go.
Replace detergent with baking soda
Using a dishwasher isn’t ideal, but modern life means that from time to time, it’s sometimes just the easiest option. If you do have to resort to this, ditch the detergent and use baking soda instead. This could improve the sparkle of your glassware, as well as being friendlier to the environment.
As you can see, there are many ways to keep crystal glasses looking their very best without having a negative impact on the world around us. Once you get into the habit of using these alternative solutions, you’ll never look back.
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This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Gurasu. Gurasu specialises in fine crystal products for the more discerning customer, with ranges that include crystal vases, glass tumblers and much more.