Say sayonara to cups that always look dirty — even when they’re not!

You just washed a batch of glasses, but for some reason they still look foggy and in desperate need of another cycle. What gives? According to Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute, two different things could be happening: Hard-water minerals are creating a film build-up, or your dishwasher permanently etched the glass.

If your issue is the former, all you have to do is soak your cups for five minutes in white vinegar. Since it’s acetic, it will dissolve the minerals in a snap. If stubborn spots still persist, gently rub them off with baking soda. Then rinse the glasses by hand and dry them with a lint-free towel before drinking out of them again.

If this doesn’t work, chances are your glass is etched — which, sadly, means you’re out of luck. “If the film is etching, which happens to some types of glassware in the dishwasher, that unfortunately is permanent and can’t be removed,” explains Forte. So you might want to wash your most prized vessels by hand in the future — just in case.

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