How to bring the sparkle back to glassware.

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Ever wondered how to bring the shine back to your favourite glass products? There are several simple ways to clean your carafe or vase by using common kitchen products.

For hard to reach bottles/carafes or vases:

* Fill it 3/4 full with warm water, a bit of dish detergent and about a teaspoon of uncooked rice (if it's a medium to large size, add more if you think you need it).

* Seal the top and shake, shake, shake and swirl the rice around a bit. If the glass is fragile, swirl gently.

* Once cleaned, rinse out the grains of rice and soapy water, then allow to air dry (without the cap or cork on if there is one).

If there is a white film or crusty deposit, trying soaking in a 50/50 vinegar and warm water solution for a few hours or even overnight (fill to top). Dump the liquid and then add warm soapy water and uncooked rice then proceed as noted above.

Glass vases are always lovely with freshly-cut flowers in them. After a few days, however, those flowers may leave a scummy ring on the inside of your vase, while other vases become cloudy from a build-up of mineral deposits in your water. You could try the above methods or for localised stains, try:

* Salt and vinegar paste — Take 1/2 tablespoon of salt and mix in vinegar to create a paste. Use a bottle brush or wooden spoon to spread the paste on any scummy rings or mineral deposits inside your vase. Let this sit for 15-30 minutes, and then scrub off.

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