Right Side Up or Upside Down – The Right Way to Store Glasses
Every now and then the glasses that my family uses for beverages, dog water, plant watering, or putting out a small fire in our patio grill make their way from the dishwasher to the cupboard shelves. I know, most of the time they only make it as far as the dishwasher before they are pulled into service but this article is about what happens on those magical days when someone actually puts the dishes away.
There are very few incidents around a domicile arrangement that can cause the kind of consternation that improperly stored glasses can. I can think of the toilet seat conundrum, whether it should be left up or down. The toilet paper conundrum, whether it's over the top or under the bottom, or duvet conundrum which I don't even understand enough to argue about. Those are certainly some of the big "discussion instigators" around my house anyway.
But as for the glasses and how they are stored in the cupboard. I think how you choose to do that depends on how you were raised. There are certainly two schools of thought. Those who store the glasses upside down, namely with the rim on the shelf, most likely grew up in older homes.
The reason I say that is because the reason most people give for storing their glasses that way is to keep dust and debris from falling into the vessel before its next use. That's the kind of stuff that happens in "grandma houses", not in today's modern well-built homes.
Those who opt for the storing of glassware right side up or on the base of the vessel cite science and atmosphere and moisture and mold in their argument. The right side uppers, we have to call them something, say storing glasses upside down traps moisture in the glass. This could lead to mold or mildew forming and nobody wants that with their morning coffee.
So which one is correct? The answer might surprise you because the answer to that question is YES! They are both correct. How you store glassware has more to do with the actual glassware than the dirt, dust,mold, and moisture issues.
FIne glassware such as wine glasses, and champagne flutes really need to be stored on their bases, right side up, because the glass around the rim of those vessels is too delicate to support the weight.
Mugs and everyday use glasses should be stored upside down, after thorough drying, because this can save time in the long run, especially in a restaurant environment or a home filled with teenagers. The reasoning is that in a quick-service environment having to pause and wipe the dust out of glasses would be too time-consuming.
I guess this is just one of those cases where everybody gets to be a little right. Which is always a nice thing. Speaking of nice things, these things were so nice that we came up with different uses for them that were not originally recommended by the manufacturer.
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