How to Remove Smokey Film From Drinking Glasses

Updated February 21, 2017

You are getting the table set for dinner. Everything is ready to go---the meat, vegetables and sauces. You open the cabinet to take out some glasses and notice each glass has a smoky film. You are stunned. A smoky film is generally from hard water. Washing your glasses in a dishwasher can also produce a smoky film. Removing a smoky film from your drinking glasses requires a dish pan and a few cups of white vinegar.

Heat 6 cups of white vinegar in a pot over a medium flame until you see small puffs of smoke. Do not let the vinegar boil. Wear rubber gloves and use pot holders.

Remove the pot from the stove and pour the white vinegar into a dish pan or tub.

Place your smoky drinking glasses slowly into the dish pan or tub. Depending on the size of your dish pan or tub, you may be able to place about four.

Let drinking glasses soak for at least three hours.

Remove the glasses after the allocated time. Scrub off the smoky film with a small sponge.

Rinse the glasses with warm water.

Dry each glass by hand with a cloth towel. Repeat the steps for other glasses you want to clean.


If you see small scratches on your glasses, this damage may be etching caused by your dishwasher and it can't be removed.


Hand wash delicate glasses---do not place them in your dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Pot
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pot holders
  • Dish pan or tub
  • Small sponge
  • Cloth towel
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.