How to Clean a Crystal Vase

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How to Clean a Crystal Vase
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Crystal is glass to which at least 24 per cent lead oxide has been added. This makes the glass heavier and more brilliant; it also makes the glass softer and more fragile. Crystal vases come in all shapes and sizes. Some are fanciful; others are elegant. They are all meant to sparkle. Keep your crystal vases shining by washing them properly and carefully, without damaging the fragile glass.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crystal vase
  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap like Dawn
  • White vinegar or ammonia
  • Uncooked rice
  • Denture cleaning tablet
  • Dish towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make sure your vase is at room temperature. Extreme temperature changes can cause cracks or breaks.

  2. 2

    Fill your vase halfway with warm water, a small squirt of mild dish soap, 2 tbsp white vinegar or ammonia and 1 cup uncooked rice. Use a wooden or plastic spoon to swirl the mixture for 3 minutes to remove the residue.

  3. 3

    Empty the vase of the mixture and rinse it well, inside and out, with warm water. Attempt to remove a stain by filling the vase with warm water and adding a denture-cleaning tablet. Let it sit until the stains disappear.

  4. 4

    Dry with a lint-free towel. Air drying crystal may make it cloudy by encouraging calcium, mineral deposits and hard water build-up to form a coating.

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