Coffee Filter Hack: How to Dry Glassware Without Water Spots

No one likes to reach into the kitchen cabinet and pull out a dirty glass. It makes you reconsider just how thirsty you are or if you truly want that glass of wine. But water spots happen, especially when you don’t fully dry your glassware when unloading the dishwasher. However, it doesn’t have to be this way if you have a few coffee filters to spare. As luck would have it, there are other ways to use a coffee filter other than brewing a cup. These thin, paper, cone-shaped liners can help ensure your glassware is neither foggy or streaky.

How does it work? Simply take a coffee filter and use it to dry off your drinking glasses until they are gleaming. Start at the base of your glass and work your way to the sides. The last place the filter should touch is inside your glass. Why waste a filter when you can use a dish towel, you ask? Well, a dish towel can leave behind a trail of lint and other fibers while your coffee filter will not. 

One filter, 10 gleaming glasses

Brown coffee filters

Why is your glassware cloudy in the first place? The most likely culprit is hard water and mineral build-up which is beyond your control. Luckily, the tight weave of the paper used for coffee filters makes it an ideal go-to for this task. 

Depending on how much drying and polishing you need to do, you should plan on using a new filter after every 10th glass. If you find that your glasses aren’t sparkling clean and still look a little foggy after trying this hack, don’t throw in the coffee filter. You may need to soak your glassware in a sink filled with vinegar for about 15 minutes before you wash and dry them again. Coffee filters can also come in handy when you are cleaning your mirrors and windows, so after you take care of your caffeine needs, make certain to keep a stash on reserve.

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