How to Clean Foggy Plastic

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How to Clean Foggy Plastic
Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean foggy plastic. (plastic bottle image by Harvey Hudson from

Plastic is a very strong and durable material that is sometime safer than glass when used in a variety of different objects. Clear plastic can sometimes become cloudy for various reasons. While cloudiness due to scratching cannot be cleaned away, cloudiness from staining or stain build-up can be repaired with the proper materials. Cleaning foggy plastic can normally be done quickly if the fogginess isn't too severe and the plastic itself is not damaged.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Lens cloth
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Pour warm water into a spray bottle and add white vinegar in a 50-percent solution. White vinegar is a very strong natural cleaner that will not damage the plastic.

  2. 2

    Spray the plastic with the vinegar solution and allow it to sit for a minute.

  3. 3

    Wipe the plastic with a lens cloth. Lens cloths are designed to be soft enough to avoid scratching while also providing enough friction to remove residue and other stains. You can scrub heavier plastic with a sponge.

  4. 4

    Repeat until the plastic is clear again.

Tips and warnings

  • If the vinegar is ineffective, try an ammonia-based glass cleaner, then reapply the vinegar solution afterward.
  • Plastic that is foggy due to scratching must be sanded to restore its clear finish.

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