How to wash your crystal. This is something I learned from my Mother many, many years ago.
When I was in my teen years, we lived in Germany. My Father was in the Army and we were stationed in Wurzburg, Germany for 2 years. My Oma, my Mother’s Mother, came to live with us for most of those years. If you don’t already know, my Mother is from Germany.
Weekends would see my parents and my Oma (German grandmother) traveling to Spain, France, Italy and more places. At times I would go and then there were times when I was the horrible teen and I decided to stay home! My Mother and Grandmother would tour crystal factories, clock making factories and more during the week. It was during our tour in Germany that my Mother began her crystal collection.
I began to collect my crystal collection in my early twenties! I love it and use it on a regular basis. For many years, the “good stuff” only came out on holidays and special occasions – no more. We use our crystal and china most every weekend.
Taking good care of fine crystal is so important. You don’t want to chip or scratch your crystal. It is very possible that you have invested a lot of money in your crystal and/or it has wonderful memories attached to it.
Here is how I wash my crystal.
Run a sink full of warm water. Use a mild dish detergent like Dawn or Ivory. Lay a dish towel in the bottom of the sink. This will protect your crystal from chipping or cracking when it touches the sink.
In the other side of the sink, or a plastic bucket, fill with warm water and 1 cup white vinegar. This will be for rinsing. Again, make sure you have a soft cloth on the bottom of the sink/bucket. Never use cold water to rinse your crystal. The temperature variance could cause your crystal to crack.
Wash one stem at a time. Let is soak in the warm water for a minute and then wash with a soft cloth.
Gently place the crystal in the water/vinegar mixture. Make sure all of the soap is off the glass or other piece of crystal.
Set the stemware on a towel that you have spread out on the counter. Then dry completely with a lint free cloth. I often use an old t-shirt.
There you have it. Easy to do! I will admit, it will take a little longer to wash your crystal using this method, but your crystal will come out so shiny it will be worth it!