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July 2, 2014

How to Clean Black Marks + Baked on Grease from Vintage Pyrex, Plus Tips for Bringing Back Shine to Dishwasher Dead Vintage Pyrex

How to clean and restore dishwasher dead vintage Pyrex

I didn't always have a massive turquoise Pyrex collection in my kitchen:

Huge Turquoise Vintage Pyrex Collection on Display in Turquoise Kitchen

I got my first piece of vintage Pyrex (a butterprint fridgie) when I was a teenager.  My grandma and I were yard-saling and she scooped it up.  Conspiratorially, she told me it was special.  It was aqua, so I was sold!  After that, I bought a few more pieces here and there, normally at yard sales for a really good price.  In 2011, my vintage Pyrex collection was actually still pretty small:  

Small turquoise Pyrex and Jadeite collection

I don't know how I moved from just buying pieces we needed to starting an official "collection," but by 2013, I had a lot more turquoise Pyrex in my collection, plus an overflow cupboard of other colours:

Turquoise Pyrex Collection: Butterprint, Snowflake, Hazel Atlas Kitchen Utensils, Jadeite, Pyrex Starburst

Now I have a kitchen designed around my collection, which has largely stopped growing.  I have splurged on a few rare pieces online, largely because I can no longer find any vintage Pyrex in thrift stores or antique shops - it's so rare to find any locally these days.

Turquoise Pyrex Collection in Vintage Aqua Kitchen

I started buying non-turquoise vintage Pyrex (like these) and I've even started buying imperfect pieces (something I never did before).  I've begun experimenting with bringing dishwasher dead and filthy vintage Pyrex back to life.  I've tried a number of tricks for cleaning vintage Pyrex, from Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (awesome!) to Coke soaks (didn't do a thing) and I thought I'd share my Pyrex cleaning results - for fellow Pyrex collectors.  Even if you don't collect Pyrex, I've got a trick for cleaning utensil marks off china - I made my worn-out cereal bowls look brand new again!

Getting Rid of Black/Grey Metal Marks on Vintage Pyrex

What causes these black marks on Pyrex?  I see them often.  I've read that they're metal marks but it's peculiar so many pieces have them on the outside.  My best guess is that they're from nesting bowls inside each other, shelf wear, or maybe from sitting inside of metal pots and pans.  Utensils create similar grey/black striations, but they're found inside bowls.  In my experience, I've found that Bar Keeper's Friend - the powder, not the liquid - gets most, if not all, of these black marks off  Pyrex, but it can also take the finish off coloured Pyrex.  I accidentally made a piece look a little dull by scrubbing too hard, but a gentle touch with the barkeeper's friend can help remove what soap, scrubbing or even Magic Eraser cannot:

How to Clean Black Marks from Pyrex

I've also used Bar Keeper's Friend on my cereal bowls to remove utensils scratches and within seconds of scrubbing they looked brand new.  It took a little bit of elbow grease, but all four bowls took me fewer than fifteen minutes to clean!  In this case, there was no wear to the finish at all but the utensil marks were 100% gone.

How to Remove Utensil Marks from Dishes

Restoring DWD (Dish Washer Dead) Vintage Pyrex Pieces

Dishwasher dead Pyrex pieces make me so sad.  Sometimes the pattern has been washed clean off, other times the finish is gone and the piece looks dull and matte.  I found a set of four turquoise mixing bowls at the thrift store and my heart leaped out of my chest when I spotted them.  Then it fell to my toes when I saw the damage - and the outrageous Value Village price!  I just couldn't leave them behind (plus I had a coupon), so I took them home and worked some magic.

First I tackled the black marks.  Each piece looked like this:

How to Clean Damaged Pyrex

I let them soak for a good long time in hot, hot, hot soapy water.  They were severely dishwashered and had lots of grey scratches so I went to town cleaning them with my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then Bar Keeper's Friend.  This combo took off not only the marks, but also some of the dull white residue making them look more dishwashered than they were.

Sometimes the opacity on DWD vintage pyrex is from a built on film (often from hard water), not actual damage.  In this case, there was damage beneath the film but scrubbing still helped reveal the colour hidden beneath the grunge.

Removing Haze from Pyrex

Once they were cleaned, although they were a little less dull and hazy, the dishwasher damage remained - it's irreversible.  Upon the advice of some fellow collectors, I grabbed some coconut oil and rubbed a tiny bit onto the surface and really worked it in with my fingers - much like I would work it into my skin.  It worked like a charm to revive the dishwasher dead Pyrex bowls!  The pieces are a tiny bit slick to the touch (but only barely so, because I really worked in the oil).  Once they're oiled, a Pyrex piece should no longer go in the oven but you can definitely use it for mixing, serving, or display.  After a bunch of washings, the bowls could use another oil but I haven't bothered because they still look leaps and bounds better than when I bought them.

I think that, if I'm being honest, the oil is best for pieces on display or those that are rarely used, but it's nice to see that dishwashered pieces can be somewhat revived.

Here's the difference: on the left it's oiled and on the right (toward the bottom), it's still dull from the dishwasher.

How to Restore Finish to Dishwasher Dead Pyrex

The difference shows up more clearly on this piece, where the oil has been applied to the right:

How to Fix Dishwashered Vintage Pyrex

Now my little thrifted set has been revived and looks awesome on my shelf.  I'm eager to try the oil on some other dishwashered pieces, although part of me hopes I don't come across any more of them.

One thing I noticed: the oil didn't make a difference on white pieces with coloured pattern (like my butterprint fridgies) - the best results were on solid pieces or those with a lot of colour (like my bowl above). 

Turquoise Pyrex Bowls

I went a little nutty and, in a stroke of good luck, picked up a few more aqua mixing bowls (two from an antique shop and another thrifted one) and tried to revive them as well.  Sadly, one lost its finish a bit, but the other two cleaned up perfectly.  I really have to go easy with the Bar Keeper's Friend - something I learned the hard way.

Clean Black Utensil Marks from Pyrex

How to Clean Baked on Grease + Grime from Vintage Pyrex

I found a turquoise snowflake space saver at a local antique shop for a steal ($6!), but it was in rough shape with caked on grime that was burned into every nook and cranny.

How to Clean Baked on Grease from Pyrex

I soaked it in hot soapy water a couple of times, for a few hours each soaking.  I scrubbed with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser but it did little.  I scrubbed gently with Bar Keeper's Friend and some came off.  I soaked some more.  With these steps I was able to remove quite a bit of the goo, but there was still more to tackle:

How to Clean Baked on Grease from Pyrex

I picked at parts with a toothpick and removed what I could that way.  I opened up a pack of dishwasher liquid and let it soak in that, which helped a bit.  Desperate, I soaked it in Coke, which seemed to do nothing, even though I've read rave reviews from other collectors.

Does Soaking Vintage Pyrex in Coke Work?

Finally, I grabbed some glass stovetop clean and a soft scrub pad and that worked.  The combination of the soaking, the Bar Keeper's Friend, Magic Eraser, some picking and elbow grease, and the stove top cleaner worked to get most of the grease off, without damaging the finish at all (it had some paint loss when I bought it).  I was lucky that after all that rubbing it stayed as shiny as when I bought it.  I didn't get 100% of the grime off (it had worked itself into the texture of the design), but it was at least 80% improved.  It was a good way to experiment with different methods, and I'm happy to have scored such a pretty piece for such a good price (although I doubled the price in Coke, I'm sure).


How to Clean Burnt on Grease from Pyrex

I'm going to have to keep experimenting because buying imperfect Pyrex is totally new territory for me.  I'd love to find a way to get off the black marks without jeopardizing the finish, but Bar Keeper's friend seems to be popular among collectors (see more of it's magic here).  I've also read some other tips for getting the baked on grime off.  I need to track down some more supplies, and muster up some more energy, and then maybe I'll tackle the last bits of grime on the snowflake space saver.

UPDATE: After some fellow collectors and commenters (see below) suggested it, I tried oven cleaner for that really baked-on-won't-scrub-off grime.  Here are the details, but, long story short, it worked really well!  I just popped the offending Pyrex into a bag, sprayed some cleaner on, let it soak and then rinsed it off before giving it a good, soapy wash.  I did hear from one person who said oven cleaner left a hazy film on her Pyrex, so perhaps save it as a last resort or test on a small area first?

Use Oven Cleaner to Remove Burnt on Grease from Pyrex Bakeware

Please feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comments below!  I love hearing advice and picking up tips from fellow collectors, so feel free to link to your own blog posts or Instagram pages so we can ogle your vintage Pyrex collection and soak up your vintage Pyrex cleaning advice!

Looking for more cleaning tips? 

Here's my tip for how to make chrome and stainless look (and stay looking!) brand new and gleaming.

How to clean chrome and stainless and keep it looking new // Great cleaning tips

This is how I clean lampshades without a vacuum (it takes two seconds).


How to clean a lampshade without a vacuum // Great cleaning tips

Cleaning my glass fireplace doors used to be a nightmare, until I discovered a product that cleans brunt on soot in minutes

How to easily clean glass fireplace doors // Great cleaning tips

And, if you're updating a space, find out how I turned worn our lacquered brass into bright, brushed gold with one magical ingredient and two easy step!

How to remove lacquer from brass // Great cleaning tips

Last but not least, here's how I wash ( and de-pill) dry clean only cashmere and wool at home - great for laundering delicate vintage woolens and even pretty wool rugs from the thrift store (because who wants to spend $30 dry cleaning  a $3 find?).

How to wash dry clean only cashmere and wool at home // great cleaning tips
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  1. Thanks for these great tips! I could have used them on our Denby, which was the first china that we bought together - I gave them away years ago, hopefully someone else knew what to do!

    Your kitchen shelves are stunning - stunning!

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    1. Thanks Patricia! I was about to give away the cereal bowls because I didn't think they could be saved - not when I'd already scrubbed them and tried various things. The Bar Keeper's friend has been a really great find - I think a reader recommended it originally. Although it can be touch on finishes, it does work wonders.

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    2. I used the Bar Keeper's Friend on the Denby bowls that we have left and it turned out great - thanks again!

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    3. I use a product called Earthbrite which is a super fine clay from France that is completely natural. I purchase it from the Canadian Shopping Channel and its inexpensive. It cleans up the Pyrex and restores beautifully including baked on foods. I also frequently see Pyrex wrapped in newspaper for storing and transporting and I think the newsprint transfers. I also noticed stainless steel sinks leave black marks when washing Pyrex. Place a rubber mat on the sink bottom to avoid this.

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    4. I will try to get my hands on that product. Thanks for the great tips! I'm learning so much.

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    5. My favorite LeCrueset frying pan's enamel was caked with black on the outside. I found a Pinterest tip that was amazing. it was to be used for cleaning grill racks, pyrex roasters, whatever. Take a cup of ammonia and seal with the stained item in a plastic bag overnight. It is the fumes that do the job so you don't need to use more than it calls for. I could not believe the way that stuff bubbled off by morning. I have friends who tried it on stubborn range top pieces, whatever. amazing tips! love Pinterest!

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  2. I don't think you could do it on the patterns, but my mother has been able to clean up baked on grease on glass baking dishes by wrapping them in ammonia soaked newspapers and sticking them in a plastic bag overnight. I would be concerned about that on the colored Pyrex, though, and you NEVER want to mix ammonia and bleach. If you ever break one you could try it on the pieces to see how bad the color degradation would be.

    You can also make a paste with cream of tartar, but that can get expensive and you get the same affect with bon ami (similar ingredients).

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    1. Your mom sounds very daring!! That's a great tip- if there's ever a piece that's broken, I will try the ammonia trick. Does bon ami remove finish like bar keepers friend? I should try on a beat up piece...thanks!!

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  3. Have you tried a paste of baking soda and peroxide or water? It makes a gentle scrub. I am so jealous you find all these things at Value Village. I find nothing but over priced junk for the most part. Anything worth having is so over priced it's ridiculous. Found these awesome blue drinking glasses and they wanted $8 for 2? They weren't that nice, I could buy a new set for that much at Winners lol. Just out of curiosity, how do you get your bowls to stand up stacked like that? What do you use inside?

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    1. I have tried a baking soda and water paste before but haven't found it to be effective on really tough grime and stains. I used to clean my bath tub with it, actually, but gave up and switched to a chemical cleaner because it was too much effort. Ahhh, that sounds so lazy. For Pyrex it worked on lightly soiled items (just general grubbiness) but, for me, didn't fix the black marks or major baked on grease. I will try it with peroxide and see if that makes a difference. Thanks for the tip!

      I use empty yoghurt and cottage cheese containers inside. Normally I trim them a bit because I don't like them teetering so high. Smaller tubs, like for cream cheese, are even better because I can keep the lids on for more stability.

      Value Village prices are getting insane. They are higher than antique prices in some cases. And yet my VV is packed everyday and picked clean.

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    2. The prices at VV make me irrationally angry. I guess because they are a thrift store.....but then again they are a big business so.......

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  4. I have read on the Pyrex Collective that many people have had luck on the baked on grime by using oven cleaner.

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  5. Who knew of all these Pyrex cleaning tricks? Not me! I only recently heard of Bar Keepers Friend and it's a miracle worker on my stainless kitchen sink. It works so darn well!

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    1. I'm a fairly recent convert to Bar Keeper's Friend too, and it does do a fabulous job on stainless steel sinks.

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  6. Hi, I came across to your site after buying my first vintage pyrex. it is heavily used so I am thankful for your posting! I bought it from salvation army for 4.99. (It's a medium sized bowl.) I wished it were cheaper but I have been waiting long for it to show up at my local thrift store, so i bought it. I saw a few from value village too but their pricing is even higher. (I live in BC btw)

    As for the coconut oil application, would it stay for several washing? I plan to use it often so I want to know how well it holds up.

    Do you know if the pyrex dishes were regarded as "high end" item in the past? I find that these bows are priced higher than other bowls at thrift stores so I was thinking that it could be a reason why these are expensive at the thrift stores..?

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    1. Hi Heather,

      The thrift store prices on Pyrex are getting ridiculous. I think the folks pricing know Pyrex is popular, but they pay no attention to condition/pattern/age - all of the things collectors/sellers use to determine a value. There are certain Pyrex pieces that go for hundreds, but some that people can't give away. They were pretty affordable back in the day, it's their popularity with collectors now that has driven their prices up. Also, it's getting harder and harder to find good pieces. There are lots of collectors and a dwindling supply. A space saver I bought eight years ago was priced at $20 at a flea market (and that's the list price in a reference book on Pyrex from around that time), but now people pay hundreds.

      I'm happy you finally scored a bowl!! Hopefully it's the beginning of many. Have you identified the pattern or age? That's my favorite part.

      The coconut oil is more of a band-aid solution. Once a bowl is diswashered to the point of its finish/sheen being removed, it cannot be restored permanently. The oil helps it look pretty on a shelf and has, in my experience, lasted a few washings but it starts to gradually wash off - sometimes right away if I've left it to soak.

      Sometimes the dullness is residue, not wear, and it can be removed to show off the original sheen below. Hopefully your bowl has residue and gunk, not damage.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm no expert, but if I can't help I can point you to who can. Also, if you're on instagram, check the hashtags #pyrexlove and #pyrexia to see some awesome collections. And, if you're in the market for more, search #pyrexforsale because sometimes collectors sell really pretty pieces for such a good price because they want it to go to other collectors. I've scored some great deals!

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    2. Mine turned out to be butterfly gold. But it lost it's colour almost all. It looks like white with some slight yellowish tint at random placed

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    3. I went to another salvation army in the morning and found 2 mushroom pattern cinderella bowls. 5.99 and 4.99 each. I did not really like the pattern so i didn't get...though those were in goos condition. I came back and thinking i should have got them... Still the pattern does not appeal to me much. But i know pyrex are rare so....i am still thinking about them. Would you get them if i were you? :s

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    4. Wow, it sounds like your butterfly gold was really loved! Some folks prefer well-loved Pyrex bowls because then they don't worry about using them regularly. The mushroom one is not a favorite of mine, either, and it's definitely more common. It's called Forest Fancies and I want to say it was produced 1970s/1980s so you see more of it around. There's been one kicking around my Value Village for awhile. I'd say hold out, because that $11 could be put toward a piece you love with a pattern you prefer. But that's just my two cents!

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  7. WOW!! Those cleaned up well with coconut ~ ~ amazing!!!

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  8. Hi Tanya!

    I bought a casserole dish with a lid from a thrift store. The lid was taped on and i came home and found out that there was a chip. :( i tried to feel that part and got a cut. I want to use sandpaper to smoothen the part out.

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  9. Do you know if i can still microwave or bake it?

    You'd know this already but before you buy one that has a lid taped on, make sure you remove the tape and inspect inside. I called the store that i couldnt see the crack from outside but they still would not take refund.

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    1. That's a good tip! Unfortunately, I don't know if a cracked piece can withstand the heat. I wouldn't chance it.

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    2. Rule of Thumb is...
      If the appliance wasn't invented yet (ie. dishwasher, microwave), don't use it. It was NOT meant to withstand the heat. It's better to use newer vintage Pyrex, Fire King or Glas Bake, from the '80's and on, especially in the microwave! :-)

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  10. OMG!!!! I love this post! Thank you for the how-to on removing the black marks. This makes me so happy. I had the same situation with a blue snowflake Pyrex casserole, cooked on grease. I almost left it behind. I'm glad I didn't Easy Off oven cleaner removed it easily with very little work on my end, and no scrubbing with abrasive cleaners. I have before and after pictures here. http://sleepingorsewing.blogspot.com/2012/02/thrift-share-monday-february-27.html

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    1. Hi Cassandra, happy to help! I'm definitely going to experiment with some oven cleaner. I'm happy to hear it worked for you. I'm going to check out your link right now :)

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  11. If you oil your pyrex be sure to wash it off before baking with it as it will turn black and burn.

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    1. That's very good to know! I haven't baked with oiled pieces, mostly they're mixing bowls. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  12. The ammonia tip is a very good one, but the ammonia does not need to actually touch whatever you are working on. The vapor is what does all the work. Stick a piece in a very, very large ziplock bag with a few tablespoons of Ammonia. Elevate the Pyrex with something, just so it sort of hovers above the ammonia. SEAL THE BAG TIGHT! Let the vapor do its magic overnight. Now, it doesn't mean that it will be magically pristine, but most all of the gunk should wipe of fairly readily.

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    1. Thanks for explaining!! I'll definitely have to try it.

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  13. Suggest trying Wenol, Flitz, or similar polishes, which you might have to order online. Amazon carries them, but easy to find elsewhere. Ted Pella carries Wenol and some other fine polishes used in labs on metal and glass. These are very fine, non-abrasive polishes that have been around for years. They will clean marks off of dishes, fiestaware, etc, and I think they would work on Pyrex. They might even help to restore the finish, but I was mainly just thinking of cleaning. If used for cooking, I would finish by hand washing them first, but check other sites for input on that. Note that these will also clean headlight lenses, CDs, and other plastic items quite well, as well as many other household and shop uses. They are not just for metal.

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    1. I haven't heard if those polishes, thanks!! I'm eager to keep experimenting so I'll try to track one down. Thanks for the info!!

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  14. Product by company who makes Dawn Dish soap...something like Dawn Power Spray, blue spray bottle...on shelf near Dawn Dish Soap made just for this problem....works great on bakeware, cookie sheets and pans ......sometimes it takes a couple times....reasonable price.....worth a try....

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I'll keep my eyes peeled for it!

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  15. Love your cheerful kitchen (and cleaning tips). Between my mom, grandma, and sister-in-law's mom, I inherited a huge amount of Pyrex. I really adore the pieces with lids, and I also covet nesting bowls. I want to hoard it all, but after my dad also passed there is just too many other special pieces to keep and too little room. I sold two different set of bowls already and was holding onto two more incomplete sets. Reading this blog help me decide to keep the two turquoise and white bowls. Now, I need to find a good home for the green and white ones. Bless you! Bridget from Cali:

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    1. Hi Bridget! I'm so sorry for your loss, and I definitely understand not being able to keep it all! I'm thrilled you're keeping the aqua. If you're in Instagram or Facebook, there are pyrex collecting groups who buy/sell/trade. You might find a good home there :)

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  16. I believe the exterior metal marks could be from washing them in stainless steel sinks.

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    1. Happy to help! There are some great tips in the comments too, from other collectors and enthusiasts!

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  18. I'm so happy ?! Thanks for all those great tips!

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    1. Happy they're helpful! Make sure to read the comments, too, because lots of people have left their own tips!

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  19. really weird but I buy Awesome spray cleaner at dollar tree(clear bottle, red lettering with yellow liquid), I spray the piece both sides in the sink and walk away(I try not to breathe in fumes!!!) Wear rubber gloves it you want because it dries out my hands, not sure if it does that to everyone. And after spraying and washing a couple of times the dirt and scrapes come off and the paint does not dull. I use a toothpick to get the cook on stuff in the edges. Try it on a bad one and see! (Monica)

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    1. I don't have a Dollar Tree but I will look for it anyway. I like the idea of a cleaner that doesn't dull the paint! Thanks for the tip!

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  20. Do you use the liquid Bar Keepers or the one that's like Comet? Thanks!

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    1. I prefer the one that is powdered. The liquid one didn't work as well for me.

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  21. Love your turquoise Pyrex pieces, as well as the kitchen ... its all so bright and fresh! I've been selling new and used china, glassware, dinnerware, Pyrex, etc. on eBay since the late 90s, and am also a collector. Here are a few of the trade for marks and stains:

    * Magic Eraser and hot soapy water are always the first things to try.

    * Barkeepers Friend, Bon Ami, and Wenol are all abrasive, so use them with a very gentle touch, especially Wenol. If you're going to use the pieces to cook in, be sure you have not broken through the surface glaze ... Wenol can be absorbed into damaged glass and pottery, and may have long-term health effects (like eating off chipped china with lead-based glaze).

    * Stains, stir marks, and pencil/pen marks (from using a cup as a pencil holder) can often be soaked out of pieces by filling them with water to just above the marks, then adding 1 or more denture cleaning tabs (1 for a coffee mug, more for larger pieces).

    * Brown or golden rust marks/speckles/spots on the bottoms of bowls and dishes are generally caused by contact with metal items in the dishwasher. Most collectors and people looking for replacement pieces expect those marks on the bottom, so its not essential to remove them.

    * Many thrift stores use permanent marker to price their items. If you can't remove it with a Magic Eraser or Goo Gone (great for sticky goop), get a Dry Erase board marker (the ones for white boards -- any color is fine) and rub it over the permanent marker ... let it sit a few minutes and everything should wipe right off with a paper towel or cloth.

    * For those little specks and bumps of burned-on-whatever that don't come off any other way ... re-soak the dish for an hour or so, then gently work the goo off with the side of a fresh razor blade. Be careful to hold the blade at an angle that slides across the surface, rather than digging into it.

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    1. I completely forgot I didn't reply! Thank you so much for these amazing tips! I feel a lot more confident buying unloved pieces, knowing there are so many tricks for restoring them again.

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  22. For all the burnt on stuff on all my pottery, Longaberger, pyrex, I use dawn power foam. Just squirt the foam on, let it set, and the burnt on bits wipe right off. I have never had it damage a surface or dull a shine. I know the Longaberger pottery have a finish but I have used it successfully on pyrex when the gunk in in the crevices. Hope this helps someone. Love Pyrex!

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    1. I haven't tried dawn power foam - I love hearing that it works, so I will have to pick up a bottle. Thanks so much for the tip!

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  23. Oven cleaner was a great tip! I found a yellow desert dawn baking dish for $6 the other day that had decades of baked-on grease all over it. I figured I'd take it home and see if I could salvage it. The oven cleaner worked like a charm. No dulling/hazing to the paint and looks practically new!! I won't shy away from dirty Pyrex in the future. :)

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    1. Happy to hear that worked for you! If it's a thrifty find that is coated in baked on goo, I figure we've got nothing to loose being a little tough on it, but it's always a relief to hear that there was no damage to the finish or shine. Thanks for leaving a comment - I love hearing from fellow collectors!

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    2. YES! It works great for mine too. I find lots of pyrex in thrift stores that are given away because of the baked on gunk. When I go to the thrift outlets, they usually will give them away for $1 or less because they look so bad. I have so many 13x9 and baking dishes because of that... its just hard to pass them up. I just spray them outside and leave them til the next day then it washes right off. Sometimes I'll also use a little Bar Keepers Friend or baking soda. Another tip I use is boiling water and baking soda. If I can fit the pan or dish in the biggest pot I have I will set it in, fill with water and about 1/2 c to a full cup of baking soda. Let it simmer for about an hour then use tongs to check the progress by carefully scraping a little with a knife. Keep boiling it until its completely clean. It will cut the grease without damaging the dish.

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    3. That's great to hear! After I tried it, I posted a review of the oven cleaner method and some folks expressed concern about the finish. Apparently, some people tried it and it left their Pyrex streaky. I had good luck with it, though.

      http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2015/01/good-bye-greasy-grimy-mess.html

      I will definitely try your boiling water trick next time! Sounds effective!

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  24. I've used oven cleaner on all mine from the thrift store especially those 13x9 pans. Works great.

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    1. That's great! So happy some of those grimey pieces are getting rescued!

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  25. Baking soda OMG I used to laugh at people who would say that I use it for my fridge to say odor free I mean what can it do?! EVERYTHING!! THAT'S WHAT ...I use it for all my Pyrex finds. YOU have my dream kitchen I LOVE IT!!! I use it for my 1st wash when I get home I do not use a sponge but just my fingers hearing rubber dish washing gloves and I rub it in no mater it it's grease or scratches and white vinegar to help for the second rub I can't believe backing soda was so strong but never ruins anything at all I now buy 1 big box a week!NICE POST THANKS!

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    1. Thanks so much, my kitchen does make me pretty darn happy. Baking soda is so awesome, I totally agree! I use it to clean my tub and don't know how I lived with out it. I buy multi packs at Costco and people wonder what the heck I'm baking to require so much, lol. Thanks for sharing your tips! I'll try adding some vinegar next time!

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    2. I'll keep checking for updates I see so many pages and I love them but this inspired me my husband saw this and old me you answered. I held him hostage before he went to work and made him look at your kitchen. (He's learned a really good skill I would compare it to ''the fainting goat'' except he doesn't faint but rather when he hears the word ''Pyrex'' it's like BOOM where did my husband go?He turns into a zombie in a trance almost because he knows it will be followed by a long long conversation 99% of it being me. Oh no kinda like I think I'm about to do now (sorry). As soon as I'm done he comes back. However he didn't do it this morning he actually said wow that is really nice and like I said I've seen it all. There is something that set it off with yours even with ''Dawn of the Dead'' over here I think it's because it's simple but elegant and not hoarder or junkie looking like some can be. Then you got the dreamers if only they knew how hard something so cute could be to build because it seems it easy ha ha we all know how that goes. We become over taken by delusions of grandeur until were in the middle of the project than all you hear is cash registers one after the other but it pays off. In other words I know how hard you worked your butt off and your fingers to the bone ((AND THAT WAS ONLY THE SETTING UP THE DISHES FOR DISPLAY) It's not that the dishes are just put up there ... oh no, no, no ... NO WAY that is pure skill and art and is time consuming your awesome and very much an artist.
      A miracle happen with ''Walking Dead'' when he came home from work he said he was going to take measurements Saturday for my shelves (finally 2 months after I filled the kitchen cabinets) and I mean all of them but he doesn't know about the linen closet I've been hoarding Pyrex and a blue cornflower corning set for a month now oh and I LOVE your big glass cracker barrel type over sized jars, I have 2 that size and 13 glass vintage Planters peanut jars made by Anchor Hocking I'll send you a pic link to my Pinterest when I'm done with it all. We should be around 80 years old :) Oh and ''BAKING'' SODA on the 1st comment I left I wrote ''Backing'' the 2nd time I mentioned it. Believe it or not ''Phantasm'' is the one who noticed it, hey maybe a cure for his human fainting goat problem is near!!
      P.S Are you in the USA? You don't have to answer just curious your kitchen looks Australian like a Queen lander remember the ones on fantasy island? Of all shows lol ... Oh well I just love it. Have a great day! THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR POSTING !!

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    3. Oh my gosh your comment made me laugh! I read the line about the fainting goat to my hubby - hope he doesn't try that trick from now on. Thanks for all of your kinds words! So am I to understand you're getting some new shelves from hubby? That's so exciting! Your linen closet stash is going to enjoy seeing the light of day.

      I'm in Canada, actually, but riiiight on the border and I hop over all of the time to Minnesota - so much so, that I think I have a Minnesotan accent, lol, because they never guess I'm Canadian over there but they can spot other Canadians in a second.

      Funny thing is my jars are new! I got them from Canadian Tire but I spotted them at Target once in the States. I love all of these vintage-inspired dishes and jars they have - I got the new blue mason jars too (back before they cost a million dollars). I'd love to see your collection, though, so definitely let's connect on Pinterest! I always love following fellow Pyrex collectors because I know you'll be pinning great stuff!

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  26. The best solution I have come across so far is an 11 oz. tube of Peek. It only takes minimal amounts and works with very just a little elbow grease involved. ***Note that on severely dishwasher damaged pieces it may take a little of the color off, but still works really really well.

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    1. I will have to try some! Thanks for the tip - I love hearing about new products to try on sadly Pyrex pieces and I'm always so happy to know that other folks try to rescue them too!

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  27. Great info! Impressive collection!
    I think you meant OVEN cleaner in the last paragraph? Not over?

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  28. i have a set of the big and little rectangle baking dishes and square refrigerator ones from 40's that i don't use. they r in good condition. i'm trying to convince my adult children that they have value, so they don't throw them away when i'm gone. :) do u have any idea what they would be worth? i also have couple of sets that were wedding presents in 1970-any idea if people would buy them?? i do use these occasionally, i don't cook or bake much anymore. thanks.

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    1. The value of vintage Pyrex is all over the map. Some pieces fetch hundreds, others you can't give away! And it changes, as collectors find new pieces to covet. The best thing is to do an advanced search on ebay and check out some sold prices - that's what I often do!

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  29. What is the bowl pattern you have in one of your above pictures, it is white background with turquoise pans, dutch ovens hanging utensils coffee pit and tea kettle around the bowl? I cannot find a name for that pattern and do you know what year it is made?

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    1. It's by Hazel Atlas, called Kitchen Utensils. It came in a different style of bowl, and also other styles. I think it's late 50s, early 60s.

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  30. I also love vintage bakeware and have had pieces with baked on grease. I used some goo gone gel spray and let them sit in the sink after being sprayed. Once they sat for 10 to 15 minutes I used cotton balls to wipe off the goo gone gel and the grease. this has worked wonderfully for all of my clear and white milk glass. I have not tried it on any of the painted pieces but it would be worth an experiment since you do not have to do any scrubbing. Just thought you might like this little hint. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I even have some goo-gone under the sink, but it's never dawned on me to try it on painted Pyrex. Next time I find a lost cause, I'll give it a go.

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  31. Just be careful with the oven cleaner...it will take some paint off. I learned the hard way when I thought it would be a good idea to clean my stove hood with it. It cleaned it alright...clear down to the metal and I had to re-paint it. Love all of your ideas, though. I have a cleaning service (33 years) and I'm always interested in new cleaning ideas!!

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    1. Thanks for the good tip! I'm guess in 33 years you've learned a lot about using products in creative ways :)

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  32. Thanks for the info! This is exactly what I needed to clean up the grayed Pyrex I just found. Bar Keeper's Friend took it right off, and it looks better than I could've imagined!

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    1. So happy I could help! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

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  33. Careful! I've read (and had friends verify) that vintage Pyrex has lead based glaze. Of course you're not eating off the glazed part, but with all of this scrubbing on this amazing collection you've surely been exposed. Just watch any kiddos!

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  34. Hello, My name is Christina and I work for Bar Keepers Friend. I came across your blog on Pinterest. I just wanted to say WOW and thanks for such great, kind words. I'll be sure to share this as well.

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    1. Hi Christina, thanks so much - I'd appreciate that! I'm a huge fan of Bar Keeper's Friend - I always have a few cans under my sink.

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