How To Clean Plastics Using Water

I learned from Dr. Wanda’s’ videos that I should spray a mild detergent on my glass when I’m finished cleaning it. It makes it much easier to remove the residue and dirt, and the smell is much less likely to drift on to other parts of the home. It doesn’t take much, and it is still much less harmful than scrubbing the glass, and can remove more contaminants as well. It does also make for much less waste. Plus, water is cheap.

I am trying something this week. Instead of waiting to use water on my containers, after I am able to use it, I will spray it in circles around the bottom of a container before putting the container in the dishwasher, or washing it. I have a few other projects waiting in the wings to practice with this method of cleaning, but I’m sure it will work.

One of the most important rules of glass cleaning is to clean it well. To see if it’s clean enough for your project, you should be able to clean it on the inside of the glass, from the sides (which are easy to spot), to the inside of the container (which is why we are doing this). If you can reach all sides as a whole, then it’s probably OK for whatever you are doing (in this example, I used a glass, not a metal, for this glass cleaning method).

Here are some examples of a few ways to clean glass, and to see how the method I am about to show you works from a cleaning perspective.

Here is how I cleaned a wine glass: I just poured water, into a plastic cup, under the surface of the wine. The water was not running down the sides of the cup, but down into the bottom. I then cleaned the inside and outside with rubbing alcohol, scrubbed the inside with a sponge in several directions, then used glass cleaning solution to remove the residue. The alcohol and sponge were left in the glass to help ensure everything got clean, but the water ran off the inside of the container. This method will work even if you are using vinegar or any cleaning solution that leaves a film on the glass. The vinegar will work well because it has a large surface area, but it will leave a residue on the walls and the surface of the glass that are not visible, and the surface of the glass will still be shiny, but the alcohol will work better. I know it sounds like I am using multiple ways and at least one will work as long as you use each well (a few drops doesn’t matter), but this is how I found it. You might want to change directions or use two cups, or have more than one spot where you can run water (I’m sure this can be useful if using a metal or ceramic piece or something), or even using a funnel would work better if using a glass piece. In this wine glass, I used a disposable plastic cup. You can try this, and see if it works or not.

The second glass was very similar, except I had a metal plate on top, for holding a bowl of water I had soaked in vinegar. I would fill the vessel and use it to spread the vinegar. After the vinegar was completely spread out and saturated on all sides, I cleaned the inside of the vessel with the cleaner, then the outside with the water. I would run the water down every surface for two to three full circles, wiping everything.

Here is what a metal bowl of water looked like after cleaning it with vinegar. I used the cup, and then I used a spatula to spread the vinegar on the inside. I scrubbed all over the bowl, starting at the inside and working towards the outside. You don’t need as many circles in order to get the job done, just enough to get the vinegar and water to coat every surface of the vessel. The inside of the vessel was very shiny, and everything I rubbed with the vinegar seemed to “glow out.” It even felt very solid.