Wineenthusiast.com sells some great products so I was very excited to try this product out as I have had way too many wine glasses break during the hand washing process. Wine N Shine is a product that is supposed to wash your crystal glasses for you with minimal effort required on your part (they call it hand-less washing), and so that the fragile glasses are not as susceptible to breakage. The instructions are simple: 1) Apply liberally, 2) let sit for a couple hours or overnight to dry, 3) wash clean with water, and 4) allow to air dry or dry with a towel.
Despite the mixed reviews and the cost (which is a little high), I purchased it as I desperately want to save the remaining glasses that I own. I did not stray from these directions. I sprayed my glass with a good amount of the solution and then left it to do its magic. The spray is thick and clings to glass, coating it with a nice layer of cleansers. I was happy about this because I knew it would actually clean the glass and not all run into the sink or into the bottom of the glass, leaving most of it dirty. The solution does not have a scent.
I left my glass overnight to dry, rinsed it well the next morning (not using a sponge or cloth of any kind, but it did lather nicely), and set it out to air dry on the counter. When I came back to my dry wine glass to investigate this miracle product, I was met with utter disappointment. A good layer of film from the product was still visible and caked to the glass. I thought that maybe the rinse job I did was not good enough and so I rinsed again for another few minutes and left to dry again. Upon returning, the layer (or a good portion of it) was still there and I had to use my fingers to remove them. I set it aside to dry yet again, but still had missed some spots with my finger cleaning, so as a last resort, I had to hand wash it in the sink. Bummer.
This product does not work as it is intended, at least for air drying. I am sure a microfiber towel for drying would do the trick though as you could easily wipe off the residue with it (but that isn’t really hands-free now is it?). It does clean and shine, but not without the aid of hands and a sponge or washcloth. Regular dish soap is much cheaper…I will just have to use more TLC when washing my delicate glassware in the future.
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