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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  • Hb Hb on Oct 16, 2023

    Easier still , fill dish with hot water and add baking soda . then leave to soak . I usually leave overnight . Come the morning everything just rinses out .

  • I tried this and the foil scratched the glass pan.