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