The Fastest Way to Clean Glass Dishes

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
3 Materials
2 Minutes
Cooking in glass/pyrex dishes are great, except when it comes to cleaning them. I always find that my chicken is nicely cooked, but the sauce is burnt to the pan. With a little tinfoil, you can scrub off that stuck-on grime really quickly.
Here’s my dish after some chicken parm. Ugh!
Step 1: Add a Little Soap
I added a few squirts of dish soap to my dirty pan and made sure it spread all over.

Step 2: Run Water over the Whole Pan
Then, I turned on the faucet and let the bottom of the pan fill up , to spread the soap around.

Step 3: Crumple up a Piece of Aluminum Foil
I crumpled up my aluminum foil into a very loose ball. Don’t make it tight, because you want all the texture to do the scrubbing for you.

Step 4: Scrub
I scrubbed the corners and burnt areas with my foil ball, and the grime easily lifted away! I was a little worried about scratching the pan, but no harm was done (well, except for to the baked-on gook!).

Step 5: Rinse
I ran the dish under the faucet just to wash away any remaining grime, and then let it dry!
See how easy that was?
Next time you dirty-up a glass pan, don't let it soak - banish that food right away with foil!
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  • Myra Myra on Oct 21, 2017

    How can I get the cooked on grime off the outside bottom of my pans and skillets?

  • Jacquie Trundy Jacquie Trundy on May 02, 2018

    Can you clean an iron skillet with the alum ball?

  • Aiokersonalicea1 Aiokersonalicea1 on Jun 16, 2018

    Told a friend about this. She asked, can this also work on metal pans too.

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  • Janet Mike Dyshuk Janet Mike Dyshuk on Jan 15, 2024

    If you just put some Cascade or other dishwasher detergent and hot water and soak for awhile you don’t have to scrub.

  • Herb Herb on Mar 26, 2024

    Line your pan with aluminum foil first before placing food to cook, hardly any washing to do afterward.