Originally Posted by babetoo
i am no oracle on how to treat crystal. i just throw wine glasses in the dishwasher. that is a no no, i am sure but they shine just fine.
It's really only an issue with etching. I buy Cascade with "Shine Shield" which keeps the dishwasher detergent from etching. We've been doing it for years and it really works. I have had stuff get etched with dishwasher detergent before they came up with "Shine Shield". We rarely get a water spot on any of the crystal glasses. If you want to be sure not to have any water spots, dry the glasses by hand out of the dishwasher.
We use the crystal wine glasses a lot. We drink about 6-8 litres of wine in a month and only use crystal (I got it on sale and booze tastes better out of crystal).