How to Clean Decanters and Vases

January 2, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

How to clean a decanter with rice If you’re finally getting rid of holiday flowers from your vases and realizing that there’s still a bit of red wine residue in your decanters, here’s an easy trick to get your glassware clean even when you can’t reach the bottom.

Simply fill the vessel halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dishwashing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and one cup of uncooked rice. Swirl the mixture around for a couple of minutes (the rice will scrub the sides of the vase for you), then rinse and air dry. You can also use crushed up eggshells, but you’ll need to be sure you get the vase or decanter thoroughly rinsed with hot water to avoid any illness.

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  1. Kyra Davila

    Clever…I’ll have to give this a try! ;-)

    January 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm
  2. Alex

    How about getting underneath the blades of a blender?

    January 18, 2013 at 1:39 am
  3. Ellen

    Just used this trick to clean my water bottle (I don’t have a dishwasher). It worked great! And so much easier than all the nutty ideas I have tried before!

    January 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm
  4. Kristin Appenbrink

    So glad to hear it, Ellen! Alex, I’ll do some digging to see if I can find a good solution for you. Stay tuned!

    January 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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