How to Remove Water Spots from Glass

Whether you’re pouring the kids a glass of orange juice at breakfast or you’re serving friends a glass of wine, when you see water spots on your glassware, you immediately assume your dishwasher isn’t doing its job.

Water spots are typically caused by hard water flowing through your plumbing pipes and water fixtures. And as it makes its way to your appliances, it continues to pick up minerals that build up over time and leave scaling off-white, chalky deposits in its tracks.

How to Remove Water Spots from Glass around Your Home

Dealing with water spots in your home? Here’s some quick, DIY tips for keeping your favorite glassware clean and spot free.

Water Spots on Wine Glasses & Other Glassware: It’s recommended that before you run a full load of dishes in your dishwasher, add vinegar to your appliance and run it empty to help remove mineral build up. You can also soak your dishes in the sink with soapy water and vinegar if they already appear to have water spots. This will allow you to remove the spots easily with a light scrub and air dry for later use.

Water Spots on Shower Door: With numerous DIY natural remedies online, you’ll quickly discover there are many ways to successfully move water spots from the glass door of your shower. Common mixtures include ingredients like white vinegar, water, lemon, baking soda, and Bar Keepers Friend. Many of these remedies work to remove tough water stains and leave your glass shower looking sparkling clean, but they do require a bit of scrubbing to maintain a consistent shine.

Getting tired of rewashing your dishes or scrubbing your shower door to avoid the unattractive sight of water spots? Installing a water softening system inside your home is the best way to remove water spots from your glass for good.

Why is Soft Water Better at Removing Water Spots from Glass?

Hard water can cause soap scum in your tub and shower that leave off-white or chalky deposits behind, especially on glass materials and/or appliances. In comparison, soft water contains less minerals and natural acids, so it’s less likely to leave water spots that would require you to remove manually and rewash with your dishwasher.

At Aquarius Water Conditioning, we proudly offer high-quality water treatment options to our customers throughout the Minnesota and Wisconsin area, including the installation of a Kinetico water softening system. Kinetico is proven to help extend the life of your washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator appliances and help you eliminate unwanted water spotting from wine glasses, dishes, shower walls, and more!

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I’ve noticed that many people ignore their water unless it’s causing a visible problem. But having good, clean water impacts the quality of their lives.

More and more people seem to understand that and are interested in improving their water now. Kinetico can help.

Mike Holmes

DIY Network