How to Clean the Water Stains Off a Glass Vase

Updated April 17, 2017

Keep your glass vases of all shapes and sizes, ranging from a single bud vase to an elaborate rose bowl, looking clean by regularly giving them a once over. Fingerprints, dust marks and water stains are common issues with glass vases. Having the supplies on hand to remove any marks during your regular cleaning schedule will ensure you always have a vase flower-ready.

Take flowers, potpourri or any arrangements out of the vase. Rinse it out and ensure it is empty. Fill the vase with fresh water and a few denture tablets. Let it soak for one to two hours.

Rinse the water down the drain of the sink. Rinse the vase. The chemical properties in the denture tablets will have removed any marks on the interior of your vase. Use a scrub brush and loosen any other marks or stains and then repeat the process, if necessary.

Clean the exterior of your vase next by scrubbing with a rough cloth that has been placed in water consisting of water and a few dissolved denture tablets. Rinse it off and ensure you remove all of the white, chalky residue.

Fill your vase with your favourite floral arrangement and place it on an occasional table, your dining table or even your bedside table.


You can experiment to find out what amounts work best for your size vases.

Things You'll Need

  • Denture tablets
  • Scrubbing brushes
  • Cloth
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Karenna Cochrane has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in home-and-garden topics such as interior design and home improvement. She has published work online and in print for national organizations.