To remove hard water deposits, warm two cups of white vinegar in the microwave for two minutes and pour it into a plastic basin. Place glasses, on their sides, into the vinegar. Soak for three minutes. Rinse them in clear water and dry with a lint-free towel. I like E-Cloth's textured drinkware towel ($8, ). I use it to dry my stemware and never see a spec of lint — in fact, it was originally developed for bartenders. If any stubborn spots remain, dampen your finger, dip it into baking soda and lightly polish the spot away. Rinse and dry.
Decanters and Vases:
To clean these narrow-neck vessels, fill halfway with very warm water. Squirt in a little dish liquid and add two tablespoons of ammonia. Then, pour in 1/2 cup uncooked white rice and swirl so the mixture scrubs the sides of the glass. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve any sediment, and swirl again. Drain the vase, and rinse with warm water. Place it upside down in a rack to allow the interior to drip and air dry.
To soften any stuck-on wax, immerse the candleholders in a basin of hot water for several minutes. Peel off whatever wax you can, and then use a delicate scrub sponge to remove any remaining bits from the cut crevices of the crystal. Wash in hot, sudsy water, and dry. Another strategy: Pop the candleholders in the freezer for several hours and the brittle wax should easily chip off.
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