The Pyrex Series: Care

Friday, June 4, 2010

Today's final Pyrex Series post is about caring for your Pyrex!


Clementines, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Many people choose to use their vintage Pyrex! There is a great group on Flickr called Pyrex In Action that has thousands of photos of Pyrex being used! It is a great place to talk all things Pyrex and see lots of great Pyrex in action!

There are a few general "rules" to remember when using your vintage Pyrex.

*Never under any circumstances put Pyrex in the dishwasher. I will sometimes throw a clear glass lid in which is fine, but colored Pyrex does not do well in the dishwasher. This also includes printed lids. The dishwasher can cause drastic fading and removal of color.

*Use caution when using metal utensils around Pyrex. It can leave metal marks. To prevent this, try to use wood or plastic utensils instead. Also be careful about storing Pyrex in amongst metal items as this could also cause metal marks.

*Pyrex can be slippery when wet, so be careful when washing it!


Pyrex Display, originally uploaded by jenib320.
There are a lot of great ways that you can display your vintage Pyrex collection! I personally keep my Pyrex on shelves throughout my apartment, however this may not be ideal for some people. Especially if you have kids or pets running about, you'll want something a little more safe.

*When displaying the 470s casseroles, oval casseroles, refrigerator dishes, and space savers, you can stack them easily and safely. This can be done by turning the lids upside down, and stacking them. The casserole will fit nicely in the upturned lid. This helps save space!

*When displaying bowl sets, you can show all the bowls in the set by using an empty clean plastic container. I prefer the short small size that you might buy humus or a chip dip in.

Thank you all for coming along with me for this series!

Over the weekend I'm going to post about some of my favorite Pyrex in Action moments! There will still be a few Pyrex posts here and there, don't worry! Also, if anyone has any questions or any Pyrex posts they'd like to see, let me know!


  1. This has been a lovely series. Thanks!

  2. Excellent pyrexology primer! :)

    Thank you so much for doing this series. I'm sure I'll be coming back to it time and again.

  3. Jeni, can you tell me what the fabric is in your Clementines photo? I know it, I recognize it but I can't remember the name! Want to find for some placemats. Thank you!!

  4. Actually I think I answered my own question already - is it Orla Kiely??

  5. Tamara - You're right it's Orla Kiely! Sorry about that, replied to your last comment via email but just realized you're email isn't connected, so it went into some cyber black hole! :)

    It's actually a tablecloth from Target from a few years ago! There were placemats made to match it with the floral on one side and a crosshatch on the other side. Might have some luck on ebay!


  6. I have a couple of vintage Pyrex pieces in my collection that have lost most of their original color. One in particular (a cheap thrift store score) has more white than its original yellow color.
    I want to remove the rest of the yellow so it's just white, but I've had trouble getting the color off.
    Kind of the opposite from trying to keep the color looking fresh and glossy - I run it trough the dishwasher whenever I have extra room. I've used abrasive sponges, and some seems to fade a little, but it's slow work requires lots of elbow grease.
    Can you think of any ways to speed up the process of removing the residual color form the outside of my bowl?

    1. I honestly have no idea! I've never tried to intentionally remove the color!

  7. Thank you for your reply. I've tried to search for suggestions or tutorials on this, but haven't had any luck.

    Everything I can find about vintage Pyrex gives tips to restore dull color or prevent fading (which is important on the pieces that still look good), but I thought for sure there would be people out there who'd rather remove the remnants of faded color than have a faded & patchy bowl. I've tried every combination of words I can think of in Google & Pinterest searches with no luck.

    Unfortunately it appears I was mistaken in thinking people would share their experiences on this. I guess the folks who are removing the color to sell faux opal pieces don't want to share their tricks. :)

    1. I would simply recommend the most abrasive cleaner you can find!


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