If you’re used to dining out at places that take their beverage programs seriously (which, let’s be honest, should be most places), you’re used to clean, spotless glassware. This can be one of the clearest indicators an establishment is conscientious about its drinks service. Achieving that same spotless glassware at home is doable; it just takes a small bit of effort.

The easiest way to do this is to hand wash and hand dry your stemware. Allowing the glass to air dry on the rack is what causes the spots to form. But, if you’re like me, and at the end of a dinner party all you want to do is load the dishwasher and head to bed, then you’ll have to polish your stemware after you remove it from the machine.

To polish stemware, get a nice microfiber cloth and twist the glass with one hand while polishing the glass with the other. Just be sure not to squeeze too tightly and to twist from the middle of the stem instead of the base, as twisting from the base could cause the stem to snap.

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