How to Clean Cloudy Cruets & Vases

Updated February 21, 2017

Cloudy cruets or vases can ruin the look of your decor because of their dull, foggy appearance. This is typically caused by mineral build-up from hard water. Soaking flowers in water or washing with soap and water can lead to the mineral build-up and fogging. There are several cleaning products, including common household items, that can restore clarity and shine to your glass cruets and vases.

Fill the empty vase or cruet with vinegar or ammonia, and let it sit at least 30 minutes or overnight for tough build-up. You also can fill the vase or cruet with lukewarm water and add a denture-cleaning tablet. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or overnight.

Pour out the solution and rinse the vase or cruet thoroughly with lukewarm water. Shake out any excess water.

Clean the vase with lime cleaner according to the package instructions. This can remove tough mineral build-up, but make sure to follow any safety precautions in the instructions.

Rinse out the vase or cruet with lukewarm water, and add 2 or 3 drops of mild dish detergent. Fill it with water and shake it to clean out the inside. If the vase or cruet is wide enough, clean the inside with a cloth or sponge. Wipe the outside with a sponge.

Rinse the vase or cruet with lukewarm water and shake out any excess water.

Dry the vase or cruet thoroughly with a towel.


Don't use hot or cold water while cleaning glass to prevent cracking or breaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Denture-cleaning tablet
  • Lime remover
  • Dish detergent
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Towel
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Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.