Q. I have some new wine glasses that I’d like to keep looking like new. What is the correct way to wash, handle and store them? If a glass becomes cloudy or smelly, what is the best way to remedy the situation?
The best way to keep glassware looking like new is to wash it by hand. It’s hard to keep glassware from getting knocked around a little in the dishwasher..
Avoiding the dishwasher should also prevent the cloudiness and odor that can come from residue. If those become a problem nevertheless, you can clean wine glasses with baking soda, fizzing denture tablets or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, according to Wine Spectator magazine.
Wine Spectator recommends using hot water and as little soap as possible to wash wine glasses, and then rinsing well to remove all residue. Let the glasses dry in a drying rack, or dry with a lint-free towel. Be careful to avoid a twisting motion that could break off the stem.
ON THE SHELF
Sheri Koones has long argued the merits of prefabricated homes. In her new book, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home” (Abrams, $24.95 in hardcover), she bolsters her case by focusing on the energy savings that are possible with factory construction.
Helping her cause is a foreword by Robert Redford, who just might be the country’s best-known environmentalist.
Koones’ book spotlights 32 homes that require little or no energy from utility companies. The homes are varied in size and use an array of prefabrication methods, including modular components, structural insulated panels and steel frames. They also represent a range of styles, from spare modern structures to traditional farmhouses and Craftsman homes.