How to Remove Etch Stains on Glass

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How to Remove Etch Stains on Glass
Hard water will coat your glass with a white film. (water drop and water rings image by glgec from

Etch stains--also known as water spots or water stains--are typically caused by hard water. Hard water has a high amount of dissolved minerals, which will coat the glass giving it a white, cloudy look. Etch stains can develop on shower doors, windows, cups, dishes and any other glass items that are exposed to the water. Hard water also prevents your detergent--both dishwasher and laundry--from preforming properly. Etch stains will give your glass items an overall dingy look. You can remove the etch stains from glass without the use of harsh chemicals.

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Things you need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Towels
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint-free towel

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  1. 1

    Pour distilled white vinegar into a small bowl. Saturate a toothbrush or sponge in the vinegar. Vigorously scrub the etched stains with the vinegar until you have cleaned the glass. Rinse with cool water and towel dry.

  2. 2

    Place 2 tsp of baking soda into a bowl. Add 1/4 tsp of vinegar to the baking soda and mix thoroughly to form a paste. Dip a sponge into the paste. Scrub the etched stains with the sponge and paste until the hard water spots are gone. Rinse with cool water and towel dry.

  3. 3

    Fill your kitchen sink with hot water. Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and swish the water around to mix thoroughly. Submerge the glass into the water-vinegar mixture and allow to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe the etched stains from the glass with a sponge saturated in the water-vinegar mixture. Rinse the glass clean with cool water and wipe dry with a towel.

  4. 4

    Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle as an alternative. Spray glass items--such as windows and shower doors--with the vinegar. Scrub the glass with a clean sponge to remove etched stains. Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe dry with a lint-free towel.

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