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Feb 18, 2010 08:07 AM

Dried-on-stuff glassware question

Not sure if this is the board for it, but here goes- is there a way to remove orange juice pulp that has welded itself onto glasses after being in the dishwasher? I feel like I'm trying to split the atom with MacGuyver-style tools here. What doesn't work:

Soaking the glasses in water overnight
Scraping at the glasses with dull knives or plastic spatulas
Re-washing them by hand in hot and/or cold water


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  1. Try using a denture cleaning tablet (or part of one), filling the glasses with warm water, add tablet, and let sit overnight. Denture tablets are great for removing all kinds of particles and stains, I use them to clean vases and the tank of my coffee maker. Hope this works for you.

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    1. re: jacquelyncoffey

      Success! I was going to work my way through all replies, but the denture tablets seemed to do it. Thanks all!

      1. re: Smorgasbord

        Just a quick FYI:
        Here's the beginning of the list of ingredients in a name brand dental tablet:
        Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide

        Sodium Bicarbonate: Baking soda
        Sodium Sulfate: filler material, also common in powdered detergents
        Citric Acid: reacts with the bicarbonate to produce bubbles and break up the tablets to dissolve easier.
        sodium carbonate peroxide: bleaching agent

        In a nutshell, you don't need the fillers, bleach, antibacterial or bubble-making ingredients in denture tablets, just the baking soda. So if you run into the problem again, save a few bucks and use what you probably have on hand.

    2. My go-to is to add a tablespoon of liquid dishwasher detergent and filling the glass up with hot water and letting it soak for a couple of hours. It works on most things because of the increased concentration. It also works to remove coffee or tea stains from cups or mugs.

      1. Put the glasses in a large pot, cover with water, add a tablespoon of baking soda for each quart of water in the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover and let cool slowly. When they're down to room temperature, wash by hand with a green scrubbie.

        1. I put them on the bottom rack of the dishwasher and set it to pots/pans with the next load.
          Of course, I have really thick glassware.. wouldn't do that with it otherwise.. seems to work though.