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#1 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 3rd, 2010, 11:55 am

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#2 Post by Peter Cargasacchi » July 14th, 2010, 8:56 pm

The oxiclean contains sodium percarbonate which is also called proxy carb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_percarbonate Its used in wineries as a non chlorine sanitizer. I use it to clean tanks, then afterwards rinse it with a solution of citric acid or tartaric acid. Citric is cheaper. I take wine glasses, dip them in a solution of proxy carb and warm water for a few minutes. Then rinse and you will notice a dull appearance to the glasses. Then dip in a solution of citric and the glasses are cleaner than the day they were made and sparkle like hamster eyes in the moonlight. The combination of the caustic agent followed by a water rinse and then an acid rinse will remove everything. You can probably use diluted solution of white wine vinegar as the final rinse if you can't get citric. Some of the stuff online suggests oxiclean is just pure sodium percarbonate. In 50 lb bags its around $80 (in case you have alot of glasses.) It cleans to surgical levels of clean in terms of removing/dissolving organic crap and in terms of sterile sanitation. Don't get the shit on your skin or in your eyes. It's caustic and will burn sear flesh. Not immediately, but you get the picture. It's an oxidizing agent. If I use it for several days without gloves I notice some loss of skin layers on my hands and cracking. It will burn your eyes. Maybe exaggerating the risk, but use common sense.
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#3 Post by StephenCFahy » July 16th, 2010, 4:40 pm

I've tried everything short of the caustic chemical cleaners mentioned here, and nothing has worked better for me than hot water immediately after use, so I usually push myself to jump on this particularly b/c they are such a pain to clean.
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#4 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 8th, 2010, 11:52 am

We had dinner at Philadelphia's long running classic, Le Bec Fin, last night. My wife asked the sommelier how they get their decanters so clean. She said they use Efferdent. Drop it in and rinse the next day. I have to try that one.

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#5 Post by Mont Stern » November 2nd, 2010, 1:43 pm

I bought the stainless steel BB's that I swirl with some lemon juice with satisfaction.

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#6 Post by John Morris » January 9th, 2011, 6:35 am

Peter Cargasacchi wrote:...sparkle like hamster eyes in the moonlight.
Oh! It's your wine glasses you're talking about.

Sounded like a good description of a wine on first reading.
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#7 Post by Chris Blum » January 9th, 2011, 7:17 am

Mont Stern wrote:I bought the stainless steel BB's that I swirl with some lemon juice with satisfaction.
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#8 Post by Steve Ritchie » January 11th, 2011, 8:20 am

A good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick for me... and it's really easy to do!
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#9 Post by John Danza » January 12th, 2011, 6:21 am

I just rinse with very hot water several times and then hang upside down to dry. When I get an old decanter that has some discoloration on the bottom, I've had success with a soak of hot water mixed with about 1/4 cup of white vinegar, followed by the hot water rinse. I'll have to try the denture tablet thing, as it sounds like a good idea.
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#10 Post by JP Taboada » January 14th, 2011, 7:07 am

For a cheap and easy fix I use ice cubes tossed in salt with some lemon juice. Salt will stick to the ice making it coarse and lightly granulated with a soft sort of "sand paper" texture. Lemon juice is your citric acid which of course helps cut through the junk at the bottom. Swirl and whirl until content, rinse with warm water. For multiple decanters, just transfer the contents to the next one. Rinse and repeat.

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#11 Post by Benjamin P. Edwards » January 30th, 2011, 12:43 pm

I too love the Proxy Cab and citric method. I often just do a hot water rinse and try to do the "oxy cleaning" every month at least. I hate stained decanters!!!

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#12 Post by M Hoose » February 22nd, 2011, 7:33 pm

Try ice cubes, salt, and lemon wedges. Swirl 'em around in the decanter for a bit then give a good rinse.

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#13 Post by Steve Ritchie » June 8th, 2011, 10:13 am

Based on the advice above, I tried the denture tablet solution and it worked like a charm! I suggest trying it twice at first, then using a single treatment to keep it clean, but the residue is gone without having to deal with BBs or funky brushes. Thanks for the advice!
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#14 Post by Sean Moore » July 18th, 2011, 10:34 pm

Yep. Grab a cheap pack of denture cleanser tablets. Any brand.

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#15 Post by Scott Butler » August 18th, 2011, 11:20 am

Steve Ritchie wrote:A good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick for me... and it's really easy to do!
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#16 Post by Efrain Rodriguez » October 16th, 2011, 8:07 pm

Steve Ritchie wrote:A good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick for me... and it's really easy to do!
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#17 Post by Nicolas R. Elliott » March 3rd, 2012, 9:29 am

If I have a few stubborn spots I will throw some rock salt in the decanter and give it a few swirls with hot water then a rinse with RO water to minimize the hard water spots. I try to make sure it is rinsed every time before the night is over also.
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#18 Post by John Danza » March 3rd, 2012, 2:48 pm

I've started using denture tablets and they work fabulous and are super easy.
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#19 Post by Diane Elam » June 10th, 2012, 9:54 am

denture tablets unmatched. alka selzer tabs in a pinch are good too.

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#20 Post by Blake Brown » September 14th, 2012, 8:21 am

My wife, Ms. Clean, just used hydrogen peroxide, H202, to clean a badly stained decanter and it did the job.
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#21 Post by Dusty Kelley » October 1st, 2012, 7:16 am

I use powdered brewery wash for any discoloration or build up. It is the same stuff that I use to clean my carboys. It won't hurt your skin and you can soak just about anything in it without hurting it.

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#22 Post by markelickt » October 9th, 2012, 8:31 pm

This is really nice and informative post specially for them who drink wine or beer regularly. The suggestions you shared about Decanter cleaning is might be useful to people. Although I have tried different kind of caustic chemical cleaners before but that did not worked.

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#23 Post by Ken McNamara » November 4th, 2012, 4:42 pm

Steve Ritchie wrote:A good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick for me... and it's really easy to do!

Most useful post ever! If you pick the decanter up just a few minutes after adding the tablet then you can see the stain lift up as it loosens from the bottom.

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#24 Post by John D. Zuccarino » December 13th, 2012, 3:09 pm

Steve Ritchie wrote:A good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick for me... and it's really easy to do!
yes the best way ... I go one step further I season with moonshine after to kill everything .... 190 proof the real deal... we have a bamma shiner who has great skills and I put his work to good use...
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#25 Post by Marc di Maria » September 16th, 2014, 2:40 pm

Of course for me a good soak with store-brand denture tablets did the trick very well... and it's really very easy to do!

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#26 Post by Sam_J » December 3rd, 2014, 7:50 am

Store brand denture cleaners all the way for the inside and a rinse with hot water for the outside is the best cleaning methods I've found

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#27 Post by John Morris » January 1st, 2015, 10:37 am

I rinse after each use with hot water. If there is some staining over time, a wee bit of dishwasher detergent with very hot water once every year or two takes those out. The denture cleaner sounds safer, though. Never tried it.
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#28 Post by Andrew Ward » December 27th, 2015, 8:34 am

Cracking stuff. Hot water immediately after use. A couple of years ago I got myself a long handled, plastic dishmòp - the kind with bristles and a mohican style quiff -, heated it over an element and cunningly bent it into the required shape. Nothing beats the satisfaction of cleaning your decanter with a highly modified plastic dishbrush of your own invention. Wish I had a photo, but to be honest to the naked eye it looks ungainly - only in action can you appreciate its sublime fit for purpose.
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#29 Post by Jletchinger » January 27th, 2016, 11:33 am

Denture cleaner works very well for glasses and decanters. Dissolve with warm water and let sit for 30 minutes or so... Looks brand new.
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#30 Post by Dennis Kanagie » September 21st, 2016, 7:26 pm

Did a test run with denture cleaner and posted it here:

http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... =+decanter
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#31 Post by Scott Everson » April 25th, 2017, 12:58 pm

An appliance brush works fine.

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#32 Post by ssukhots » April 21st, 2018, 12:30 pm

Coarse salt and lemon juice/vinegar
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#33 Post by Bob Kot » June 15th, 2018, 11:28 am

Common household bleach works wonders. Simple and inexpensive.

The key to any decanter cleaning method is to clean immediately after the decanter has been emptied of wine.
Letting the decanter sit for days/weeks adds to the cleaning challenge.

Step 1 – Pour ½ cup bleach into decanter. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Swirl decanter to loosen deposits.

Step 2 – Pour 2 cups water into decanter. Swirl decanter to mix bleach and water. Let sit for 15-30 minutes.

Step 3 – Empty your bleach and water solution. Rinse decanter three (3) times with water.

Step 4 – Air dry the interior of your decanter. Wipe exterior of decanter with clean cotton cloth.

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#34 Post by Andy Ryle » August 28th, 2018, 9:21 am

Chris Blum wrote:
January 9th, 2011, 7:17 am
Mont Stern wrote:I bought the stainless steel BB's that I swirl with some lemon juice with satisfaction.
+1
Works for me but sometimes it leaves a residue.

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#35 Post by R0$$ M 0 R R 1 $ 0 N » December 30th, 2018, 5:22 pm

I like the denture tablet idea - good one.

Normally, this isn't a problem as I rinse them with hot water before the wine dries on.

Eventually some shellac or staining may build up. I bought a cheap toilet cleaning brush -curved wire with bristles, $5 at the grocery. Then I clean the decanters with the brush and non-scented dish soap - works great. The brush is labelled "WINE DECANTERS ONLY" on the handle and stored with wine accessories, well away from any toilets.... for obvious reasons. The key here is the curved wire and bristles. It gets past the neck of a decanter then reaches tough to get to spots easily. Also, I don't go for way out 'glass blowing' art decanters.

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#36 Post by Kirk.Grant » January 14th, 2019, 2:06 pm

I have a decanter that I “inherited” from a wine friend...it’s so wide and has a very narrow & deep opening that it really is a pain in the @$$.

I’ve tried denture removers (5+ times). There is still a white/gray film that looks like something once grew there. I’ll try bleach, but it sounds like I need something more heavy duty to clean it out.
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#37 Post by M. Jorgensen » February 5th, 2019, 11:13 pm

[media][/media]I have a trick for drying decanters.

As a nice little nifty detail, you can use kitchen roll/paper towel to dry the washed decanter.
First I let the newly washed decanter drip with the bottom up. Then, after a while, I turn it back around and stick in some paper towel and leave it there overnight.

The paper towel is designed to absorb moisture rather efficiently, and with two or three leaves/pieces of paper towel rolled together in the decanter, it is perfectly dry and without limescale residues the next morning.

This works great. Especially with decanters of special shapes.

Edit: Some words and phrasings.
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#38 Post by Jay $$ Winton » February 6th, 2019, 7:10 am

A mix of bleach and water works for me. Rinse well!!
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#39 Post by Sh@n A » February 6th, 2019, 9:36 am

Water, vinegar & baking soda has worked for me.
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#40 Post by R0$$ M 0 R R 1 $ 0 N » April 24th, 2019, 9:58 am

One of the best and easiest things to do is rinse it out well, BEFORE it dries.

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#41 Post by nbleecher » June 10th, 2019, 3:35 pm

In the winery, everything is cleaned with caustic. You can purchase it in non-industrial quantities online or at a local hardware store. Caustic is very basic and so removes tartrates (acidic) very well - if you want it to clean quicker, just increase the concentration (1/8 cup or so should be fine). Rinse with something acidic (citric acid solution) to neutralize the caustic and then final rinse with distilled water if you don't want water spots.

Warning: Caustic will be 'activated' by water. This includes water from the sink or the moisture in your skin. Do not get caustic on your skin, it doesn't feel very nice. Use gloves and prepare the citric acid rinse solution before using the caustic. If you do get caustic on your body, rinse with the citric acid solution to neutralize the caustic (think fight club).

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#42 Post by Bruce Beaudin » August 5th, 2019, 4:38 pm

I struggled with a decanter for years. Glass would get stained with the red wine and it was way too much work to clean. I came up with a solution that might work for you. Take a clear, white wine bottle. Take off the label. Steam clean the bottle. Then get yourself a pewter wine funnel--I have one that I must have bought in England 25 years ago and it was unused for all those years. It has a half inch screen that fits into the funnel and catches sediment (removable for cleaning). I pour the wine from bottle one, through the funnel, into the bottle two (the white wine bottle that has been cleaned). If you see any sediment then look into the empty bottle one and see if any remains--if so wash it out. The funnel has a side exit that helps to aerate the wine as it goes through the funnel, down the inside of bottle two. Reverse the process. Pour the wine from bottle two back, through the funnel, into bottle one.

This process takes about 30 seconds. You have a bottle of wine, in its original bottle, that has been aerated, with the sediment removed. The bottle is now acting as the decanter. Sometimes it is perfect to drink now, sometimes it improves over the next day. But this decanter is only used once.

I steam clean (boiling water through the funnel) into the white wine bottle every few weeks, with any hint of odor.

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