Clean Drinking Glasses with Toothpaste

drinking glasses have been taking a beating. I've been using a
non-phosphate based, powder detergent in the dishwasher, which
minimizes pollution when the water goes down the drain.
But over time, the glasses have gotten very cloudy. They're still
free of germs and muck when they're finished washing, but they're so
cloudy, they look dirty even when they complete the entire dishwashing
I tried rinsing them in vinegar, to no avail. Then it occurred to me to try…toothpaste. I use toothpaste to clean my jewelry; why not my drinking glasses?
* I dabbed an old toothbrush with my day-to-day toothpaste (you can probably use whatever you have around the house). 
* I wet the brush slightly then gently scrubbed the glass for about a minute.
* When the entire glass had been scrubbed, I rinsed it under moderately hot water.
* Voila. A sparkling clean glass.
Now, I'm off to the store to find a no-phosphate gel dishwasher detergent. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

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9 Responses to Clean Drinking Glasses with Toothpaste

  1. Diane July 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Sounds like it might also word for soap sum in showers. Guess I will have to try that one. Anyway – thanks for the great idea.

  2. Rose Reed July 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    I use Diamond Brite dish detergent for the dishwasher, no phosphates and works great. Tub and Tile for soap scum and have never had anything that works so well, made with citrus and sugar cane.

  3. Coach handbags August 27, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    Good post!Wow! I never knew this. However, this is a great tip. I’ll recommend it to all my friends! Thanks for sharing!

  4. denture repair November 24, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Thanks for this tip. I suggest also rinsing it with hot water after scrubbing with a brush. It will ensure that all bacteria is dead.

  5. chiropractor Sydney City February 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Great use of the toothpaste!

  6. fort mill dentist April 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    I was skeptical at first but when I tried cleaning one of my drinking glasses it really did a good job. I have a small canteen beside my house and we have a lot of cloudy glasses sitting around. I will now buy extra toothpaste for my restaurant staff that’s responsible for cleaning the glass and plates.

  7. goodlettsville tn dental April 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    My daughter needs to bring a few of our drinking glasses to school for their cooking class. She refused to bring one and told me that she will buy a new one because our drinking glass is very cloudy. I search the net for cleaning tips and I found your site. I tried it on one of our drinking glass and it looks like we just bought it. It’s crystal clear again!

  8. bartlett dentist April 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    What a wonderful way to use your toothpaste, I’d be sure to try this out later. Thank you very much.

  9. Hulbert Dental November 4, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    You can find many commercial cleaners containing a very fine abrasive that are designed to make your chrome shine, but if you don’t happen to have one of these cleaners handy, try a little non-gel toothpaste instead it will work just as good.

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