One of the highlights of my Island hop last weekend was visiting an amazing little thrift shop called Nu-To-Yu. It’s impossible to describe the chaos, beauty and value of this treasure trove. I actually got a bit overwhelmed. This tiny shop on a tiny island has the best stuff at unbelievable prices: mugs for 5 cents, records for 10 cents, clothes for $1. It’s crazy fun! I’d like to share my favourite find…a pyrex casserole dish with glass lid.
A bit worn and very dirty but the gold pattern hooked me. I hadn’t seen this design before and discovered it’s ‘Golden Tulip’, a promotional item that dates back to 1959 (thanks Pyrex Love). Woot!
Now to clean it! I researched, experimented and combined what info I found and am here to tell you it’s totally worth the time and elbow grease to revive. Here’s what I did:
- Soaked both pieces in the sink with very hot water and Dawn dishwashing soap (which I had on hand) for a few hours to loosen the crud
- Gently scrubbed with a Mr. Clean magic eraser (also had on hand) and boy those things sure deserve their name!
- On stubborn, stuck on grime, I scoured with Bar Keepers Helper ($2 at Target) but I was careful not to use this on the actual gold pattern in case it would scratch
- Got into crevices with a bamboo skewer, a toothbrush would be good too
All the articles I read agreed on these DON’Ts:
- do not put in dishwasher
- do not use an abrasive cleaner such as Comet
- do not heat in the oven to try to loosen grime
- do not use any harsh chemicals
Not spotless but I’m pretty happy with the results, which took about an hour. I didn’t waste effort on the glass lid as it has several chips and is a common size. I’ll find a replacement for it that’s in better shape. Did you catch the price of this gem in the ‘before’ photos?….50 cents! How could I go wrong?