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4 Ways To Clean Your Decorative Glass Vases

Decorative glass vases can help you create gorgeous flower displays. If you use your vases frequently, over time you may notice that when you fill them, the water becomes cloudy or you start to see mineral deposits and other stains. Here are some easy ways for you to clean your vases, so that your flower displays continue to look great.

Lemon Juice and Salt

One easy way to clean your glass vases is to use salt, lemon juice and water. The citric acid in lemons will work to dissolve any mineral deposits, while the salt acts as a gentle abrasive against the glass. Simply fill a vase with water and add salt and lemon juice. Stir together the mixture and let it sit for a while, letting the citric acid work on any stains.  You can either put your hand over the mouth of the vase and shake the mixture around in the vase, or you can use an old toothbrush to stir the mixture and brush stains until they are gone. Finally, empty the vase and rinse it with water before setting it aside to dry.


Bleach can be an effective cleaner for your glass vase because it can kill any bacteria that may be growing inside the vase. Fill the vase with water, and drop a few drops of bleach into the vase. Let the vase sit for a while, and then rinse the vase out. To see if the bleach has been effective, fill the vase with water again. If the water is smoky, repeat the process again and let the bleach sit in the water for a little longer.

Effervescent Antacids

If you've ever used an effervescent antacid before, you're used to dropping tablets into a glass of water and watching them fizz. However, you may not know that these antacids can also clean gunk and grime off of the inside of your glass vases. Effervescent antacids are chemical salts that can break down residue, so dropping some tablets in an empty vase filled with water can be an easy way for you to soften any gunk. You can use a toothbrush to scrub a little bit, and when you've tackled all the residue in the vase, rinse it out with cold water. 

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda make a powerful cleaning combination. Baking is a natural cleaner, and vinegar is acidic, which helps to get rid of any stains you have on the inside of your vase. When you add vinegar and baking soda to some water, you'll see bubbling, which is a result of the two substances mixing together. The combination will work to dissolve mineral deposits and other gunk. After the bubbling dies down, you can rinse the vase out.

Now that you know how to keep your glass vases clean, use these tips to be sure that your flower displays always look beautiful. Make sure that you acquire a collection of decorative glass vases to choose from, so that you can always have some to use while you dry or clean the others.