How to Clean Burnt on Sauce in a Pyrex Dish

I posed this question on The Happy Housewife’s Facebook Page and we received some super helpful advice and suggestions from our readers, so we are sharing it with everyone!

How to Clean Burnt on Sauce in a Pyrex Dish from The Happy Housewife

Reader Question:  “Help I have a new Pyrex baking dish I burnt BBQ sauce in it…What can I use to clean it?  It’s been soaking in continuously hot water with Dawn Power Clean.  Any suggestions, thanks!”

Reader Suggestions for How to Clean Burnt on Sauce in a Pyrex Dish

  • Throw a dryer sheet in the water let it set for half an hour and wipe it off or use a ball of foil to scrape it off.
  • A very wet paste of hot water and baking soda. Let it sit and soak.
  • Vinegar, so you can actually eat the foods you cook in it next time. Although, I do this often, and all I need to use is an ocello sponge & 7th generation dish soap. I only bring out vinegar for the really tough jobs. Maybe do 50/50 vinegar & water to cover the dirty area & put back in the oven for a while. The boiling vinegar cleans even better than cold.
  • Scotch Brite Stainless Steel scrubbers and a little elbow grease works every time!!!
  • I use Oxiclean dishwasher detergent. Shake some in the pot or bowl your cleaning and add some dish soap and fill with hot hot water. Leave it overnight and it’ll wipe off.
  • Fill with water and throw a dishwasher tab in overnight.
  • Soak it with super hot water and some fabric softener overnight. Then use a plastic scraper.
  • Fill with water, pour in a little vinegar, cover with foil, put it in the oven… 350 for, oh 45 minutes…. Careful removing (you can let it cool a bit, pour out liquid and the stains wipe right off… Rinse, voila!)
  • And, many products were mentioned like: Barkeeper’s Friend, SOS pads, and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

If you have another suggestion not mentioned above to clean burnt on sauce in a Pyrex, then let us know in the comments below!


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Disclaimer: please use caution when using non-food safe products to clean dishes.

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Clutter Control With 5 Minute Pick-Ups


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Are you overwhelmed by the end of the day when your house looks like a tornado went through it? It is no fun to sit and relax, read a book, watch a movie, or check your email, when you know that there is a big mess waiting for you. Well, it isn’t fun for me…. some people can probably live with it! :)

My house is normally pretty neat and organized. It isn’t because I live with a bunch of organized people, my kids are MESSY! However I have trouble staying on track when I’m surrounded by clutter distractions, so I try to keep clutter to a minimum.

We do this with 5 minute pick-ups. My older kids will tell you that these are more like “clean up until it is clean pick-ups” but honestly, if you do 7 to 10 of these a day your house will organized and clutter free.

When all my kids were younger, we did a 5-minute pick up every hour. It was a break from routine and it kept things from getting out of control.

Now that my kids are a bit older and I don’t have sweet little toddlers running around making messes we do it a few times a day. Usually in the morning after breakfast, then after lunch, and again before dinner.

Sometimes we throw in one more pick up before bed if needed.

Even if your children are young they can participate in the pick-ups. 5 minute picks ups are actually a great way to teach toddlers how to clean. Most young children can stay on task for a few minutes without getting distracted.

I believe young children get overwhelmed with huge messes. It is much easier for them to pick up a few things, than an entire room filled with toys, shoes, bedding, and clothes. Short frequent pick-ups eliminate giant messes (for the most part) and kids learn to maintain their space.

In our house, one or two people are assigned an area to clean up and they work quickly for a few minutes putting things away. If there is a larger mess we will often all work together, but it works well to send the kids off in pairs (if you have enough kids). If you have young children work with them to pick up their area.

Make it fun, put on some music, and work together. They might have so much fun they won’t even know they are cleaning!

If you need an ideas for age appropriate chores for kids download my free chore checklist.

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Low Cost Child Safeguarding Tips for Your Home

This summer I teamed up with Safety 1st, whose products I’ve been using for years to help create safe spaces in my home for my kids, to give a very special gift to one of our military heroes.

We headed to South Carolina, for a Designing Spaces Military Makeover for the Lunt family.

When Stephen Lunt was deployed to Afghanistan, he was forced to fight an insurgent in hand-to-hand combat. During the fight, the insurgent took a pickaxe to Stephen’s head which caused a great amount of internal damage, resulted in multiple surgeries and the removal of parts of his brain, and a long and painful recovery.

Through Operation Homefront the Lunt family was provided a beautiful townhome and the team from Designing Spaces gave it an amazing makeover. 

I love all makeover shows and it was fun and exciting to be in the middle of a real life, less than a week home makeover.

Ashley and Stephen have a baby boy, and Safety 1st wanted make sure he had plenty of safe spaces in their newly remodeled townhouse. We spent a hot summer day helping install safety gates, magnetic cabinet locks, corner guards and more.

After seven kids you would think I knew everything about creating safe spaces, but spending a few days with the Safety 1st team taught me a ton!


The most important thing I learned from this trip, nothing can replace parental supervision. Child safety devices are awesome and they make our job as parents so much easier, but keeping an eye on your kids works best, every single time.    

Thankfully my friends at Safety 1st have tons of great products and tips to help mitigate potential hazards in your home. I’m excited to share some of the things I learned with you.

No Cost/ Low Cost Ways to Safeguard Your Home

Store harmful cleaners and chemicals out of your child’s reach.

Cleaners stored under the kitchen or laundry room sink might be easy to reach for you, but they are also easy to reach for your kids. Store them up high in a locked cabinet or closet that is inaccessible to your child. 

Cost: Free! 

Remove things like towels, dish rags, or potholders from the oven handle.

This is one I was doing for years, it is convenient to wipe your hands on a towel but a child could grab the child and accidentally open the oven. 

Cost: Free! 

Front oven lock: Under $5

Store sharp objects out of reach.

Does anyone keep their blender or food processor in a lower cabinet? I know I did! Certain kitchen tools have very sharp blades and can injure your child.


Store sharp objects up high and out of reach. Let the kids play with the plastic containers, you’ve probably already lost the lids anyway!

Cost: $0

Wires and electrical outlets should be covered or hidden.

Tuck cords and wires out of reach in living areas and bedrooms. Depending on your furniture you can keep wires out of site or use a wire hider or cord shortener to keep the in view cords safely away from curious fingers.

Cost: $0-$5

Secure furniture to the wall. 

As you know, I don’t buy a lot of new furniture, but when I do, many of the pieces come with a furniture wall mount. This is critical in a house with small children.

If you don’t have furniture mounts you can purchase furniture wall straps which attach securely to a stud in your wall and keep your furniture from tipping.


Kids are curious and they will climb on furniture! Take appropriate precautions to keep them safe! 

Cost: Under $5 

Keep kids in child friendly areas. 

If you have an extra curious toddler there is really no substitute for supervised safe spaces. You can use gates, high door latches, and door knob covers to keep them in a child friendly area.

Children do not need to be left alone in places like bathrooms, garages, and kitchens which are a filled with potential hazards. 

Safety gates are available for under $50 and are a great investment. My gates lasted for years and we are still using them to keep the dog out of certain areas of the house.

The nice thing about gates, door knob covers, and outlet covers is that they are portable, so if you are traveling this month you can take them with you and create safe spaces no matter where you go.

Cost: Under $50

As you can see, creating safe spaces for your children is really about looking at the house from their perspective. This might mean crawling around on your hands and knees to find potential dangers that could otherwise go unnoticed.

You can also watch the awesome Military Makeover that was done for the Lunt family and see their reaction to the big reveal!


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How to Safely Hang Christmas Lights

The following is a guest post by Rodney Southern.

Getting ready for the holiday season probably includes putting up decorations and lights, which is why it is a good idea to learn how to safely hang Christmas lights outside your home. Following these steps will ensure that you can enjoy the holiday season from home instead of from a hospital bed.

How to Safely Hang Christmas Lights at The Happy Housewife

Prepare in Advance

Before you climb on a ladder, make sure you have everything you need. If you are using old lights, inspect the strings for cracked bulbs, frayed wires, or any other hazard that could make the lights unsafe.

Invest in plastic clips to hold the lights in place, and have a bucket or organizer that can attach to your ladder. This will make it easy to grab the clips as you need them without bending over or losing your balance. You should also create a plan for your lights so you know in advance how many strings you will be hanging and where they will be placed.

Ladder Safety

Ladders can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Make sure that you have a safe ladder that reaches the height you need. Don’t take it upon yourself to modify an existing ladder to make it reach. This can make the unit unstable, which can cause injuries.

Have a spotter with you to help hold your ladder steady, and always make sure that the ladder is placed on level ground. You should never stand on the top step of the ladder. Remember, if the waistline of your pants is over the top of the ladder, you have climbed too high.

Electrical Safety

Aside from falls off of the ladder, electrical hazards are the other big safety concern for hanging Christmas lights. You should never connect more than three strings of lights together, and you should ever use a damaged set of lights.

If you are using an outdoor outlet, be sure that it is a GFCI outlet. These outlets are designed to prevent shock and injury. Should you use an indoor power source, use a strip surge protector, but don’t overload it with too many lights. When you use indoor power, make sure that your extension cords don’t cause a tripping hazard in the home.

Knowing how to safely hang Christmas lights will prevent injuries to you and your family. Making your home beautiful shouldn’t be dangerous, so make sure you use these steps to safely install your lights and decorations. Once in place, these lights will add a little bit of holiday magic to your home.

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Rodney Southern is a long time content writer specializing in a wide array of niches both online and in print. His work has been featured on sites such as, The Sporting News and numerous others over an eleven plus year career. He also runs his own website on diabetes called Dashing Diabetes. He was the National Call for Content Winner for 2008. Southern resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, Julie, and identical twin daughters, Valerie and Brooke.

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