Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness - Cleaning Your Vintage CorningWare

I think it's time for some useful information in the care and cleaning of vintage CorningWare.  Recipes are all fine and good; but once your done eating, it's time to do the dishes. :)

This post was actually spurred by one of my Salvation Army finds.  I was lucky enough to stumble upon 4 CorningWare French White 500ml Ramekins. (Item F-16-B)   For those of us who still think in Standard Measures, that is about 17 oz.  (Seriously, I always have to sit and contemplate what the equivalent standard measure is before I can visualize how much something holds)

This just happens to be the perfect size (as are Grab-It bowls) for making individual Pot Pies.  Woo hoo!   (Yes, that will be the next post - Pesto Chicken Pot Pie)  So, I ran them through the dishwasher, but lo' and behold, there were still "marks" on the bottoms.  Which, since they are about 20 years old, is to be expected, but I am a stickler for bright, shiny, uber clean looking CorningWare.  SO......

This is how to remove those stubborn grey marks on the bottom of your vintage CorningWare.

This particular type of sponge is your best friend when it comes to cleaning marks off of your pieces. I swear, it's like magic. It's made by O-Cel-O and does wonders for your glass cook top as well as your CorningWare.  It seems to be a nylon type fabric with little plastic bumps on it.  Very different from your normal scrubber sponge.

Simply dampen with water and add a little liquid dish soap.  Then, using the scrubber side, simply apply a slight amount of pressure and scrub.  The marks will simply disappear like magic.   

Don't worry, it doesn't scratch the CorningWare, and you will be surprised how easily the marks are removed.

Sometimes there are metal marks on the CorningWare... This happens when using metal tools because your PyroCeram cookware is actually tougher than the metal.  Thus the metal actually leaves deposits on your pieces.  When you have metal marks, I suggest using a glass cook top Cleaner/Polish (along with the O-Cel-O sponge) to keep your CorningWare looking and feeling it's best.  This is the particular brand that I use for both.  It works beautifully.  And remember, clean CorningWare is Godly CorningWare.  :)

Now I have sparkling clean CorningWare, gleaming in its snow white perfection.  So clean that looks like I just bought it in a Department Store instead of the Salvation Army for $ 3.96.  Yep, you read that right.  They were .99 cents each.  Total bargain. 

Now to make Chicken Pot Pie...

Where is your Corningware


  1. Looking forward to your chicken pot pie post. In PA dutch country chicken pot pie is a whole nother animal. My husband loves the kind baked also and I am always looking for new recipes. I use baking soda to clean my Corning Ware and my glass baking dishes, is that a good idea? I absolutely love those new "scrubby" things also, hope they don't quit making them.

  2. Yes, Baking soda works really well, the only caution is the printed designs are not as resilient as the CorningWare material, so the baking soda can wear them down over time. I read about 2 other solution for really baked on oil & grease... For interior stains, you can fill the dish with water and drop in 2 denture tablets... For external and internal baked on grease, you can place the piece in a garbage bag. Then spray oven cleaner into the bag, then seal and let it sit. I tried it once, and never tried it again, cause oven cleaner is so toxic.

  3. You can also use Mr Clean Magic Erasers or Corningware Cleaner

  4. My 2 quart loaf pan has baked on residue from cooking spray and I would like to know the best way to remove it. Is it best to avoid using cooking spray on my Corning Ware pieces? Should I do it the old fashioned way and use butter instead? My cookware is the P series in the pattern Blue Cornflower. Thank you!

    1. I usually use a spray olive oil in my loaf pan. It sounds like it need a good soaking in really hot soapy water. There is a Dawn product called "Power Dissolver" that is really good at dissolving baked on grease. Failing that, your best bet is a really good scrubbing with a non-scratching sponge and Bar Keeper's Friend or Bon Ami..

  5. Hoo boy. I was making old-fashioned fudge, which I am re-learning how to do after many decades, and screwed up big-time. Now I have some solid burned remnants stuck to the bottom of the pan. It's been soaking over 24 hours and I've gotten half of it off and out, but still so much more to go! I really dislike using toxic cleansers. I'll pour in some vinegar and see if that helps.