How can I get rid of the filmy areas on my clear glass plates?

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  • A good soak in vinegar ought to clear that right up for you. Put a dishtowek in the bottom of the sink, fill with hot tap water, a squirt of dish soap and a cup or two of white vinegar.

  • Cyn Sue Cyn Sue on Nov 28, 2018

    I’m giving it a try right now Naomie. Thank you very much for the suggestion. Any idea how long they need to soak?

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Nov 28, 2018

    some dishwasher soaps may leave a film ... or if you hand wash, always rinse with vinegar and hand dry -- you have a calcium/lime build up.

  • Jeannine Jeannine on Nov 28, 2018

    this does nothing on diswasher glassware. even tried denture cleaners

  • Random Chance Random Chance on Nov 28, 2018

    It sounds like your glass items have been “etched” by dishwasher detergent. This is caused by adding too much detergent. For general washing only a small amount of detergent is required, using more can damage dishes and glassware. Only the main closed cup should have detergent in it, and only to the indicated line for a regular wash, or one detergent tablet. The open cup is only filled when washing pots and pans that need extra “scrubbing “, and no other items should be in the dishwasher. Refer to the instructions for your dishwasher for specific detergent amounts and instructions.


    The discoloration on the glass is not a film but actual damage to the surface. It should be possible to polish it out, but that is a tedious process.

  • Cyn Sue Cyn Sue on Nov 28, 2018

    I tried the vinegar/soap soak overnight but it didn’t make a dent. I don’t think they are etched because when my niece dug her thumbnail across it, it came off in that part. I’ve tried cleaning it with every scrubber and type of cleaner I can think of, but I don’t want to use a knife because that might scratch the glass. I’m desperate for suggestions, please help! If you enlarge the attached photo, you can see the film at the top of the plate. Thanks.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 28, 2018

    Try CLR

    • Cyn Sue Cyn Sue on Dec 04, 2018

      The CLR didn’t work, but thanks for the suggestion. It looked like it worked, but after a while, it came back. Very strange deal.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Dec 02, 2018

    Use Bar Keepers Friend on a green scrubby. You can get it at Home Depot, Bed, Bath Beyond, etc.

    • Cyn Sue Cyn Sue on Dec 02, 2018

      Which one Robyn? Looks like they have a powder, liquid and spray option available for sale. Thanks.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Dec 03, 2018

    Cyn Sue I have always (and only!) used the powder. Use it with a wet green scrubby. If Bar Keepers Friend can't scrub it off it's likely etched BUT the photo doesn't look like it. It really just looks like a stubborn deposit.

  • Beatrice Murlin Beatrice Murlin on Dec 04, 2018

    Try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. Also works to remove metal silverware marks on white dishware.