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Mar 16, 2013 05:23 PM

Cleaning decanters.

Any advise? I have been using my decanter pretty regularly for about 3 months and sometimes I will open a bottle at noon for dinner drinking. noticed this morning that there was a bit of dried residue on the bottom. I don't have any tools that can take the bend in the decanter form and provide pressure to scrub. No help from lemon juice or vinegar.


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  1. Denture cleaner. Plop plop fizz fizz, as it were. let it sit until the water goes clear and then rinse.

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    1. re: plaidbowtie

      Yep, that's the easiest way to clean a decanter or get red wine stains off your wine glasses.

      1. re: plaidbowtie

        Agreed. Just don't by the flavored kind!

      2. I add kosher salt and a little water and shake like crazy. The salt works to 'scrub' the residue out.

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        1. re: thegforceny

          I am stunned how well the salt and water worked. Not perfect but really great for quick fix, thanx.

          1. re: budnball

            add some crushed ice -- the ice helps the salt scrub.

            Vinegar can also help loosen the gunk.

        2. A decanter brush will help. I've found the ones on Amazon are the best buy.

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          1. re: maria lorraine


            I have several of each size/shape, and find them to be very useful. Depending on the design of the particular decanter (like the Riedel Lyra), they might not fit every possibility, but should for 99% of the designs on the market.


          2. Alcotabs Critical-Cleaning Detergent Tablets.
            Made by Alconox Inc.
            Works like magic.

            1. Great tips! Thanx all. I will try the salt first since i have that on hand.