How to repair a cloudy snow globe

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How to repair a cloudy snow globe
Snow globes are popular collerctor's items. (Christmas snow globe image by Christopher Nolan from

Snow globes, a popular collectors item, can over time become discoloured or the water can turn cloudy. This is usually do to the build up of algae in the water. The cloudy colour can also be caused by a build up of dust that gathers within the globe and, therefore discolours the water. Luckily, snow globe owners can easily replace the water inside the glass circle. Within minutes the heirloom or household decoration will look like new again.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Find the plug on the bottom of the snow globe the keeps the water from spilling. With both hands, turn the snow globe upside down. Grasp the plug with the pointer finger and thumb and gently pull the plug out of the snow globe. Rest the plug on the table to reinsert once the water is changed.

  2. 2

    Working over the sink, turn the snow globe right side up so that the cloudy water drains from the hole where the plug once was. Put a colander under the snow globe to catch any parts of the inside decoration that may be small enough to fall out. Allow water to drain completely.

  3. 3

    Spray the inside of the snow globe with glass cleaner. Then, fill the snow globe with water and put the plug back into place. Gently shake the snow globe, so that the cleaner/eater mixture covers all parts of the glass.

  4. 4

    Once again, remove the plug at the bottom of the snow globe and drain the liquid. Refill with clean water, replug, shake and drain again to remove any remnants of cleaner. Fill the snow globe one last time with clean water and replug.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to clean the snow globe with gentle cleaners. Regular dusting will eliminate particle build up, and the globe can be cleaned with a non-abrasive liquid. Snow globes should be stored in moderate temperatures. Extreme heat or cold can damage the glass, cause discolouration of the water, and even cause leaks.

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