I have a love hate relationship with kitchen cleaning. Basically I hate doing it but love the results. And honestly, I do have a time to money ratio equation in my head that says if something takes too much work to clean, and can be replaced without costing a lot, I’d rather do that.
Thus is my view on flat baking sheets. I have tried it all with minimal results so I find it much more gratifying to pitch it and buy a new one from the dollar store. My kids basically scratch them up and I over wash them and remove any non stick surface left. So hello new.
I thought my glass baking dish was going to go the same route. I’ve tried a ton of different methods I found on Pinterest. From using a magic eraser (I was really hoping this would work—-it didn’t) to boiling cleaning vinegar in it on the stovetop. Nothing worked and I was close to giving up.
The real problem spots on my glass bakeware comes from using cooking sprays. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anything else that won’t let food stick to it. The cooking spray leaves a residue of spots that get almost baked into the surface.
Short of using a chisel and scratching up the glass, I was determined to get my glass baking dish at least to a presentable level for when I had a dinner party or took it to a pot luck. It was just too embarrassing to serve out of.
How to clean glass baking dish
One last swoop over Pinterest before I was heading off to the store, I found this post. I’m so glad I tried it and I guarantee you will love the results. Thank you to One Crazy House for the tutorial.
To give you a good perspective of what I was working with, here is my before (don’t judge me!):
In a bowl, create a paste using 1/4 cup blue Dawn dish soap (I need to google why everyone always says to use blue) and 1/2 cup baking soda. Apply it to the glass baking dish, making sure you cover problem areas and especially crevices. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle some more baking soda over the paste, grab a sponge that has a coarse side, and scrub. Soak in hot water and continue scrubbing. Rinse and admire!
Et voila! Not perfect, but presentable for a first try.
I am literally shocked how well this worked and with very little effort. I ended up repeating this process the next day. My kids actually thought I bought a new glass baking dish!
Now that I have a solution that cleans my glass bakeware so easily, I won’t wait till it’s so disgusting before cleaning it again.