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Apr 8, 2011 02:51 PM

How to clean pyrex baking dishes?

All my pyrex dishes have hard-core baked on food stains that I cannot get off. I have tried scrubbing with baking soda and also with bar keepers friend - to no avail. Does anyone have a suggestion for getting these dishes clean again? I heard that oven cleaner is a possible solution but I really don't like the idea of using these harsh chemicals on my cookware. Thanks for your help!

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  1. are you using a sponge or a scrubber with your abrasive powder? It just takes a lot of elbow grease, using a scotchbrite scrubber pad, or a nylon scrubber, or even a brillo pad. Have no fear, a steel wool pad will not harm your pyrex bakeware, and it may be the only thing to get the burned on stuff off. and it will work, if you scrub hard/long enough.

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    1. re: janniecooks

      Hi JuliaG and janniecooks,

      I agree with Jannie. You need something abrasive. I'd go with the Brillo pad.

      One thing that will help is put it through the dishwasher and take it out while it's still hot. Then do your scrubbing. The grease will come off more easily.


    2. I recently used oven cleaner on my really old 20 years+ pyrex and they now look like new with no ill effects.

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      1. re: anndillman

        Oven cleaner is fine on glass, it won't damage or contaminate it. You can also put it into a self-cleaning oven. It won't heat up fast enough to crack, or high enough to melt it.

        1. re: MarkKS

          Hi all,

          I agree. Oven cleaner will do the job. But OP didn't want to use it, hence my other suggestions.

          I use oven cleaner on the top of my old (1948) gas stove and it works beautifully. Soaks in and removes all the burnt-on grease and gunk in the little cracks in the finish and doesn't hurt it at all.


          1. re: I used to know how to cook...

            Oh, don't do that!! I used oven cleaner on the top of my gas stove (newish, not vintage) and the cleaner corroded the burners and the bolts that held the burners. I ended up buying a new stove.

            1. re: sparrowgrass

              Those burners and bolts were metal, possibly some kind of aluminum compound. Pyrex is glass, whole different animal. Oven cleaner doesn't corrode glass, it only eats the grime.

              1. re: DuffyH

                Sparrowgrass was replying to the comment about using oven cleaner on the stove top, and made no reference to using it on glass. I am assuming they also know the difference between glass and metal and it's not enlightening for you to point that out.

                1. re: Rigby1776

                  You're right. Since most gas stovetops are enameled, glass or stainless steel, oven cleaner will do the job easily, but should be immediately wiped off the burner assembly. Better?

        2. re: anndillman

          I like that!! I'm going to try oven cleaner!!

        3. I usually just soak it overnight...

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          1. re: cutipie721

            I don't use glass baking dishes anymore, but when I did, I would rub a bit of oil over the pan before using it as a preventative measure. However you get them clean, this might help down the road. Best of luck!

          2. I have had success with using scouring pads and VIM, a gentle cream abrasive cleanser but I'm not sure if the stains were as baked on as yours. Also the surface areas were small, but it did the job. It's been very good on some vintage corning ware that I've purchased that had years of baked on grease.

            1. I read A blog post of someOne who collects and sells vintage pyrex/corningware. She suggested one of those "magic" sponges. There are a few brands now, magic might be a brand name. Thry are white and feel smooth to the touch but are abrasive. I found it worked great even on some spots that had been there for years.