Know Your StemwareFirst, not all stemware is the same. Some wine glasses are, as the name would suggest, glass. Others are crystal. Knowing the difference is essential if you want to properly care for your wine glasses. So, what are the differences? And why might you choose one over the other?
- Glass is more affordable. If you’re ballin’ on a budget or you have slippery hands and might need to replace your wine glasses every so often, glass is definitely the way to go.
- Crystal is more expensive. It refracts light, so you can really get a good look at your wine. Plus, it’s generally more durable. If you’re on the fast track to becoming a wine expert or if you’re having dinner with the Queen, it might be time to break out the crystal.
Washing and Drying Do’s and Don’tsIf you’re working with glass wine glasses, check the box they came in to see if they are dishwasher safe. Some are, which can be a huge time saver. Some experts will say to “never dishwash your wine glasses at any time under any circumstance,” but the reality is that time is precious and ultimately you’ve got to do you. If your glasses are dishwasher safe and you choose to go that route, DO:
- Dishwash stemware all by itself to avoid any potential bangs, clangs, and breakage.
- Wash with hot water only. No detergent necessary.
- Use the air-dry setting or just open the door after the cycle and let your glasses dry au naturel.
- Wash with hot water and the tiniest drop of unscented dish soap – if you choose to use soap at all. Hot water alone should do the trick.
- Use a soft sponge. If you’re worried your sponge isn’t soft enough, just use your hand.
- Hold the glass by the bowl, low in the sink.
- Focus on the outside and rim of the glass.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Use a scented soap.
- Twist the glass or hold it by the stem when hand-washing, or you could end up in shard city.
- Use steel wool or a rough material to wash glassware.
- Hand-wash only.
- Wash with lukewarm water and a mild unscented soap.
- Ever use a dishwasher. For real.
Hot Tips on Stains RemovalTime to get real. Those who tell you not to wash with soap – insisting that hot water alone is totally enough – have never dined with your Aunt Linda, whose deep garnet lipstick will live on your cheeks and your glassware for all time. Here are some tips and tricks for tackling the worst stains of all, lipstick stains:
- Wash with hot water and a little fragrance-free OxiClean or baking soda. There are also soft foamy brushes designed for crystal that are tough on stains but gentle on glass.
- Try a fizzy denture cleaner like Fixodent mixed with hot water.