by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 3, 2011)
If you do your own cooking at home then the chances are pretty good that you have at least one Pyrex casserole pan. Furthermore, if you do have one of these types of cooking dishes, then you know just how difficult they can be to clean. For some strange reason, cleaning Pyrex casserole pans is perhaps one of the most difficult of all kitchen cleaning tasks. The good thing though is that it doesn't have to be if you simply use one of these methods to help you clean them.
Obtain a container large enough to submerge the casserole dish completely under water. Typically you can find such items at your local department store, or even at other local ethnic stores like the Asian market. Mix some cleaner, such as OxyClean powder, with some water in the large container according to the directions on the back of the powder container. Allow the item to soak between 8 and 12 hours, and the stains should disappear.
If the staining persists, mix some Chlorine bleach (according to the directions on the container) and place the items into the mixture. Allow the items to soak until the white or clear color returns to the Pyrex material. For particularly bad stains or stubborn residue stains can take up to a week to return to normal. Do not be tempted to use more bleach than called for by the instructions on the container, if you use too much you can easily end up discoloring the Pyrex.
When scrubbing Pyrex never use any type of brass, aluminum, or steel wool scrubbing pads such as Brillo or SOS pads to do the scrubbing. If you do you can be sure that there will be two things that will happen. The first is that they will end up getting unbelievably dirty, and will continue to collect dirt and grime until you cannot get the dish clean. The second thing that will happen is that the scratches will cause the Pyrex to deteriorate, and the Pyrex will end up failing catastrophically.
If you do need to scrub stick to using plastic scrubbies both the flat kind and the kind with wires. Apply a lot of elbow grease and begin scrubbing away with the puffy wire scrubbie until most of the baked on mess has been removed. Once you have done that apply a mixture of Dawn or Palmolive and baking soda in a paste to the stains. Use the flat plastic scrubbie to begin scrubbing away the paste. You may want to place a towel down to help prevent the dish from sliding around.
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