The Best Way To Clean Scratched Dishes

April 18, 2018

Last week Mother Nature let spring out of her cell for a few short days and I left the house. After running some boring errands, I decided it was too nice to go home, so I hit the thrift store instead. I didn't expect to find anything fabulous, but I stumbled upon a very cool cup and saucer. 

It was totally scratched and anyone else probably would've walked right by, but not this girl. I grabbed it, brought it home to clean it up, get the scratches out and make it into something divine. 

The Best Way To Clean Scratched Dishes

Of course, I had recently been down this road before, when I purchased a stack of badly scratched glass plates and tried to return them to their original luster. That was a cleaning fail, even if it was an eventual crafting success.

But I digress. I desperately wanted it to work out this time and I was hopeful. I mean looking at the before pictures now, I don't know what I was thinking, but all's well that ends well, so it was worth the risk.

The cup is giant. Huge actually. The lady at the counter was laughing that a week's worth of coffee could fit inside. I don't know about that, since I'm a hot water drinker, but it's big. Really big.

Scratched White Coffee Cup

It was also really scratched. There were marks all over the cup itself and its saucer. While the cup looked like someone took a pencil and drew all over it, the saucer was so marked up, it was almost grey in its entirety

Worth the $1.50 I paid for the pair? Not really, but then again what is in that place? However, if I could clean it up, I thought it would be. So I got busy.

Scratched White Dinnerware


I checked the arsenal I had amassed after the glass dishes mess and I decided to go with a tried and true friend, Cerama Bryte. This stuff cleans my glass top stove, my kitchen sink and my stainless pot and pans with ease and to a perfect shine. So I figured why not the dishes?

Cerama Bryte

I was eager to get started, because not only did I want to see if I could work some magic on my new treasure, but I recently bought new white plates and I fear there may be scratches in my future...

I grabbed the pad it came with, squirted some on the plate and started to rub it in.

Cleaning Scratched Dishes

I was amazed almost immediately. The scratches literally disappeared before my eyes. This was not a "scrub hard to get results" or a "leave it to soak" kind of magic. It was quick and thorough and I was shocked.

I rinsed my plate with soap and water and here is what it looked like less than five minutes after I began the process. Not bad, huh?
How To Remove Scratches From White Plates

Next, I hit the cup. This process was naturally a little more involved because of the shape and round edges, but it still went rather quickly and the result was no less impressive.

Full disclaimer, I did not do the inside since I had a craft in mind for this sweet and clean cup and saucer, but it got me thinking that maybe I should. I could actually use this cup. Well, if I wasn't a crazy person about using food items from the thrift store.


How To Clean White Dishes

But...it did get me thinking about my other white dishes and mugs. A few of my beautiful Rae Dunn pieces aren't as pristine as they used to be. They could use a good cleaning and I was just about to take the scrubby to them when I thought, maybe I should make sure this is safe.

Safe for the finish on the dishes and safe for food items. Yes, I used it on pots and pans, but dishes...hmmm...so I checked. I mean after all, I'd be using it myself and I'd be sharing it with you. I wanted to be sure.


So I called the company and asked them directly. A lovely woman told me it's absolutely safe. There's nothing toxic in it and people get great results using it on dishes. She recommended rinsing the items with soap and water, if you wish, before using. That's just common sense to me.

I think you may want to test a spot on precious pieces, but that's my thought, not hers. She also said it was super for Corning Ware. Hmmm. I have a bunch of those, too.

I think I have a lot of cleaning ahead of me tonight.

As for what happened to my new cup and saucer?

They're almost ready for their debut, completely transformed for spring.

If Mother Nature ever lets her out again. 😉



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56 comments:

  1. What a great solution for the cracks in the cup and saucer. I have seen those big cups like that planted with flowers or a plant. That stuff sounds like a fabulous cleaner. I might have to try it on some of my stuff that is old and needing some polishing. Gotta love those thrift store finds. Happy Wednesday.
    xoox
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! And no one here is careful with my dishes. My beautiful Rae Dunn mugs look an awful lot like the before picture of this cup. I am excited to make them look new again. And then hide them!! 😉

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  2. Yay, thrift store success! Anxious to see your finished craft. I am so ready for spring. We had an 'historic' blizzard on the weekend, more snow predicted for today that I am hoping will miss us and next week it is supposed to be 60. Lots of Minnesota weather 'hold my beer' jokes on facebook.

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    1. I heard about your blizzard. We were expecting it, but luckily we were spared. We did get record amounts of rain and it caused all sorts of flooding, but by afternoon when the sun came out, all was well. I know that was not your snow story. I hope it's all melted away by now, but I highly doubt it. Spring, where are you??? Oh boy, if I were you, I'd be hanging out in the greenhouse...if you could get to it!!

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  3. holy moly! i have that cleaner for my glass stove top too. nice to know it's great for so many other things! i know you'll plant something wonderful in them probably... but i'm thinking i would love to eat soup or stew from them. or pudding cake or ... ok. now i'm hungry. xo

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    1. It works so well, Tammy!! And I was so happy to hear that it's safe. That makes me happy since I'm not a chemical girl at all. Pie now...that's another story!!

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  4. Kim, the cup and saucer look good as new. Who would have thought it! I wonder how those pieces got so scratched? What kind of pretty are you going to come up with?..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

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    1. Can you believe it, Judy? I was so happy and shocked to be honest. I never thought they would come out that well.

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  5. Wow that product is amazing Kim. I love how all the marks came off of the dishes. I have some corning dishes that it would probably work great on. I will have to look for this cleaner.
    Your thrift store sounds like it's really nice. There is one by where my mom lived that we used to shop in together.
    Soon there will be so many fun yard sales to check out too!
    Have fun thrifting and crafting Kim. Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Oh, I can’t wait for the yard sales, Julie. Of course, then I’ll have even more stuff to donate and give away!! Hahaha! Enjoy the sun!

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  6. That is wonderful! I had never heard of this product before. Thank you so much!!! I have a glass top stove here as well. It sure worked well. I shall look for it. Hope they have it around here. Thank you!

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    1. It's been a lifesaver for me, Angela. My stove is white...can you imagine. What was I thinking? 😉 And I usually pick up mine at Home Depot or Amazon, but I recently saw it at the food store, too! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Brenda! It’s always fun when success is involved! Enjoy the day!

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  8. That's seriously amazing!! I would have walked right by those, but now they look great!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I do love my {clean} cup and saucer!

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  9. Wow! I will have to remember that product. It did a wonderful job!

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    1. Thanks Penny! Glad I could share something useful with you. Thanks for popping by and letting me know.

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  10. What a great solution you discovered, Kim! Cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

    Hugs,
    Carol

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    1. Thanks Carol! I'm already enjoying a little sunshine from my sweet new cup creation! Enjoy your actual sunshine!

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  11. Wow - that's amazing! It looks completely new. Now you have to share what you did with it. :)

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    1. I am sharing that soon, Mari! Thanks for taking a peek at it…

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  12. That stuff looks even better than Barkeepers Friend. Must try. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Thanks PJ! I think it's the same kind of product. This one works with citric acid. Glad I could share something useful!

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  13. Wow, I'm amazed Kim. I guess that thrift store isn't so bad after all, is it? I've never seen ceramic that scratched up. Is it melamine? Anyway, your product worked 101 miracles. So now we wait to see what you're going to do with it!

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    1. Apparently not so bad, Florence! It's not melamine. It's a heavy ceramic or stoneware mug....and now it's all clean!!

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  14. Oh this is great Kim!! Now I'm going to look at my dishes to see if I need some CeramaBryte! What a remarkable cleaning tool!!! That 1.50 definitely was worth it..and I will look forward to see what you do with the cup once spring shows up lol!!!

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! It was worth the price for sure. It already has brightened my kitchen and made me smile on cloudy days. That's worth way more than $1.50. Thanks for the visit!!

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  15. Well I never would have thought of that. Thanks friend!

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    1. I bet you would've Stacey. You are quite crafty!

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  16. Well that worked . . . WOW . . . .
    I need to get some of that CERAMA BRYTE . . .
    for my glass top stove . . . in black.
    (I like cooking with gas, but I like the “smooth glass top in the kitchen look” . . . more!)
    Did I miss the best place to purchase??

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    1. I like cooking with gas, too, Lynne, but I too like the clean of the glass….well, when it is clean! And you can get it at Amazon and Home Depot. Good luck!

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  17. That's great! When my white plates get marked up I use Barkeepers Friend and it works very well! I'll keep the Cerama Bryte in mind, from now on!

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    1. I just bought some Barkeepers Friend, Deanna. I think they essentially work the same way. I will have to test it out. I just like the lemon smell of the Cerama Bryte....

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  18. I have to say that I am really impressed with this quick transformation Kim. I'll be on the lookout for this stuff next time I go to the supermarket.

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    1. It was really amazing, Mary! Now I won't freak out as much when people scrape their knives on my new white plates...

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  19. I've never heard of this product, but I also don't have a glass cooktop. I Googled the ingredients of this product out of curiosity - I wanted to know how it truly got all those scratches off the dishes! I found the PDF from the company. That woman who told you it's safe and not toxic...umm, well, not exactly. lol It's a bunch of different chemicals. The sheet even says to use protective gloves when using. Don't get me wrong, I'd still use the product. But I'd wear gloves and then be sure to either put the item in the dishwasher, or wash very well by hand in hot, soapy water. Here's the PDF if you're interested: http://www.ceramabryte.com/Content/SDS/2017147100356_SDS%20Cooktop%20Cleaner%20rev%203.pdf

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    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for the information. I would never want to recommend a product that was not safe, knowledge is power in my mind, so I am always happy to have more of it. Like I said, I have been using it for years and have never needed gloves and it hasn't irritated me at all...and I am very sensitive. However, as I said, I do wash everything I clean with it in soap and water afterwards. I did call the company back and they stand by what they said the first time, saying that citric acid can be an irritant, hence the warning. As always, though, go with your gut and use what you feel safe with, and always follow the product instructions. Thanks again!

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  20. Ha, I like how you said Mother Nature let Spring out of her cell. HA! But so sad that it is true.
    I am excited to see what you created. :-)

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    1. So sad...I feel like we've all been in winter jail with her!! Supposed to be in the 60s this weekend. I'll believe it when I see it. It's barely 60 inside with the heat on!! 😉

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  21. This is great, Kim. I love the cute cup and saucer all spiffed up. I like using old pics like this to hold pieces of odd jewelry and such on my dresser.

    Do you think it might help clean up my porcelain kitchen sink? My cleaning girl uses SOS pads, but that's just twice a month.

    Jane

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    1. It will definitely work on your sink Jane. I use it on my porcelain sink all the time and it works wonders! And I love your jewelry catcher idea. I take my rings off near the sink and never have a good place to keep them. If (let's be honest, when) my pansies die I think I will try your idea!! Thanks!!

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  22. Not bad at all! Wow! That stuff works wonders! I hope Mother Nature lets spring out for good really soon!

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  23. Wow I wouldn't have thought that the cup and saucer could have been cleaned up! I'll check out the Cleaner which I've n never heard of before either. It looks brand new now. I also love putting flowers in my vintage dishes

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    1. I have to say that I was pretty surprised too, Cathy. I didn't expect it to get as clean as it did.

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  24. Look at you like the Heloise of blogging :).

    That’s an amazing result!

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    1. Ha! If only. I do agree that the results were pretty amazing though. Not bad for a dollar fifty!

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  25. Glad you still have a link to this because I couldn't remember the name...getting old.
    Because I have bought a lot of thrift store china and glass lately, I saw something to help protect the finish after we get our treasures cleaned up. They used coffee filters to put between plates to protect them from getting scratches in the first place. I have used paper plates too.
    Myrna

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    1. Myrna, thanks so much for hunting the post down to leave this tip! That was so kind of you...it's a great idea. I have my plates stacked and I'm always worried about that. I am definitely doing this!! Thanks! 😊

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  26. We bought this when we bought our new stove from Home Depot. Now I can't find it. I love this stuff!!! I will be going on Amazon. Thank you! The cup & saucer look great!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you found this post helpful!! And thanks!

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