Steps to Cleaning a Wine Decanter

I realized that my wine decanter was getting a reddish brown residue stain on the bottom. It also just wasn’t as sparkly as it once was. Since I’m a Spring Cleaning mode I thought I would work on getting it clean! Below you will find an easy infographic showing you the steps. But first let me give you a little detail on each step. 

  1. Start with a rinsed out wine decanter and evaluate the amount of stain. 

  2. Add in a generous amount of coarse grained kosher salt. 

  3. Pour in enough white vinegar so that you can swirl the vinegar and salt around. The salt will act as an abrasive and the vinegar will slowly start turning a reddish brown as it works the stain off. 

  4. Drain off and rinse the salt and vinegar. Evaluate if you still have a cloudy look in your decanter. 

  5. If you still need to remove more stain and film, then add in a generous amount of baking soda, a bit of salt and more vinegar. This will bubble up and you can swirl again. Repeat this step until the stain has been removed. 

  6. RINSE, RINSE, RINSE. Run hot water and a bit of dish soap in your decanter, keep rinsing until you have no signs of vinegar. 

  7. Dry at an angle so that air can get into the decanter and fully dry.  

Download Shaun’s steps for cleaning your decanter here!

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