So here’s the issue: I’m the first person to arrive at the office most mornings and this morning there was no coffee bags to be found anywhere (first time in 7 years). I’m resourceful and made my boss a cup of tea. When the office manager arrived I asked her where the coffee bags were now stored, and she said they were locked up per the General Manager’s request because we are using too much coffee. OK, I’ll get over it; I’m just not going there because life is too short and I have better things to think about. In all fairness, I will note that we are in the thralls of budget cutbacks and deadlines at work. However, additionally this morning I’m told when I empty the dishwasher to please put the cups and glasses up and not rim down in the cupboard. OK, so this person clearly has stepped over the line, I’m checking this out on Google. Yikes, what a can of worms this topic is. I did however find this great survey by Food & Drink from 2005 well worth reading not only for the humor but for the inconclusive answer to the age old question: Should a glass be stored up-side down or right-side up?
Which way should you store your drinking glasses in a cupboard? Should they be stored right side up so the lip is not contaminated by the surface? Or, should they be stored upside down to prevent dust from getting into the cup? Posted by Quadog of Food & Drink on February 28, 2005. The following are posts to this question:
“Using a cloth could trap air and water, encouraging mold. As a bartender we would use a plastic mesh cut to the shape of the shelf which would get disinfected every night. At home I store my glasses upright so that any water evaporates completed so no mold collects. Dust would only really be a problem if you are allergic”. Posted by scazza
“Since our glasses are stored in a closed cupboard just a bit taller than the glasses themselves, and we don’t have a ton of glasses so there’s good turnaround, dust isn’t a problem. Mostly I store mine upright because I once lived in a place with mice. I did not care to rest the lip where mouse crap had once been”. Posted by frykitty
“Wow, opposite of fry kitty. I turn them upside down to protect the inside from bugs going in and pooping all over it. Those damn, insidious bugs. Flipping glasses over when they’re facing down adds a little bit of flair and style to the mundane task of grabbing a cup”. Posted by Geoff
“Upside down. I let the glasses dry in the rack before putting them away and dust out the cupboards about once a month. Palmetto bugs can live for a month without food, and an 80-year-old Floridian wood-frame house will have them no matter how heavily you fumigate, Ew”. Posted by cmyk
“I store them upright and shake out the bugs before I drink out of them, whether this is right or not is anyone’s guess”. Posted by jessamyn
“I don’t think it makes any difference. We used to store ours upside down, but the ones in the back sometimes got a funky taste from having been upside down in the cupboard too long. Nothing extreme, but noticeable. Now we store them right-side up. I’m not sure what bugs would be creeping through the cracks of the cupboards to sit on the edge of my glasses and taunt me, so I’m okay with that”. Posted by jdroth
“Dust = insect filth” – posted by Crunchburger
“No, that question isn’t even up for debate. Don’t get me started! There has got to be a clear answer to the cup question but I haven’t been swayed wither way thus far”. Posted by quadog Food and Drink.
“I like the plastic wrapped glasses from Holiday Inn……” Posted by caddis
“Personally, I always store them upside down because that’s how my family does it, it’s actually never occurred to me to be concerned about the shelf contaminating the lip of the glass. I haven’t died of mold yet, and my student house is wildly unclean. I highly doubt there is one single Miss-Manners-esque rationale for either method. Do whatever quells your OHGODGERMS meter most effectively. Technically, crunchburger is correct in that those allergic to dust are actually irritated by the feces of dust mites wafting through the air. According to my microbio friend who is allergic anyway”. Posted by nelleish
“If they’re something you care about/expensive, store them right-side up. The rim is the weakest part of the glass”. Posted by mimi
“I put them upside-down on the rack, and leave them there until I need them again. Dust will only fall into them if it swirls upward, and nothing touches the lip to speak of. Of course, part of the rack touches the inside of the cup, but I guess I just don’t think about that much”. Posted by bingo
“Flipping glasses over when they’re facing down adds a little bit of flair and style to the mundane task of grabbing a cup. Apparently my “wow” factor is set way too high. From now on I am going to notice the awesomeness of flipping the cup off the shelf. I will say, to answer your question, we have those rubbery net-like cabinet liners (that cost like 2 dollars for 20 yards or something) with the glasses rim down. Never had a problem with mold; dust seems to be a more pressing issue. And whatever man-made material that is I’m sure cannot possibly breed any life, be it mold, bacteria, or otherwise. Plus, as we mentioned, there’s the flipping…” Posted by indiebass
“I store my water glasses in the fridge freezer door. That way they’re both clean and cold. Bet that outgassing rubbery stuff tastes really good in the glasses, indiebass. Ever notice that film inside your car windshield? Same thing: outgassing plastics and rubber. Mmmmm-Mmmmm!” Posted by five fresh fish
“I keep mine in the dishwasher, the cleanest place on earth! Or it could be less germophobe, more lazy. Plus, they seem so happy in their little grooves, ensured of their personal space by the orderly pegs”. Posted by tinamonster
“If your glasses are all the same size, you can put them right side up with a cutting board on top of them. Sounds pretty OCD, but I’ve contemplated worse”. Posted by ontic
“Right side up! I was upside down until a girlfriend with a fussy, pedantic, microbiologist relative clued me in. They considered it common sense that putting a dirty rim directly against your lips HAD to be worse than the alternative. Upside-down glassware now looks to me like a sign of insecurity. It says “I don’t know WHAT happens in this cupboard when the doors are closed”. Posted by coelacanth
“At this point I am leaning toward storing the cups right side up. But… Geoff does make a good point about the flair and style points one acquires with the flipping of the cup.
It seems the answer may lie in the type of environment in which the glasses are being stored”.
A bar = upside down
An old house = upside down
A Modern residence – right side up
Space shuttle – doesn’t matter
posted by quadog of Food & Drink
I want to sincerely thank Quadog of Food & Drink for his great summary of the comments to the question “how to place your cups and glasses in the cupboard, upside down or right side up?”
As for myself, I love the act of flipping my glasses over as I take them from the cupboard and will continue to place my cups and glasses upside down. Thanks to Five Fresh Fish I have replaced the rubber mat with a bamboo mat. I think I’m good to go!
Next: Should toilet paper be hung with the paper to the outside or inside? Other blog titles I might consider for this topic are: The Great Toilet Paper Debate, or, Toilet Paper Orientation, or, Should toilet paper in the heads roll inside or out?”
Please let me know your thoughts on how the TP roll should be loaded on the roller thingy.