‘Leave it until the morning after’: how to properly wash wine glasses

Monday, 27 December, 2021
The Guardian, Fiona Donnelly
Whether you’re chucking them in the dishwasher or rinsing them by hand, cleaning your best glasses requires care – and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

You’ve navigated your festive dinner or lunch. Everyone has eaten and drunk well. Peace and harmony reign. So now it’s time to tackle the washing up. Or is it?

Certainly, it’s sobering to face a Kosciuszko-sized pile of grimy plates and glassware. But if you’re still feeling a post-lunch booze glow, experts suggest you defer dealing with the dirt – at least when it comes to caring for precious stemware.

The dishwasher dilemma

Ashley Iredale is a whitegoods specialist at consumer advocacy group Choice and a wine fan. As part of his job, he studies how dishwashers and detergents function. So you might expect him to be pro-dishwasher, but no: not for wine glassware. “Modern dishwashers do a sterling job of washing stemware. Some models even have special glass holders. But personally, I recommend not using them,” he says.

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