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Thread: dishware suggestions

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    I really didn't know what to put in the title for this question!

    I have white Pfaltzgraf dishes, and have had them a number of years. My BIL worked there 30-some years and I figured I buy these dishes and he'd keep his job! The problem is that my knives and forks leave black marks on the plates. The dishwasher does not remove them - I can get a lot off if I scrub each plate with 'bartender's friend' or 'Bon Ami' cleanser.

    My question is I guess, do I need new dishes? Is the finish on the dishes worn and that's why the flatware leaves marks? And if I need new dishes, how does Corelleware hold up? I saw some plain white at Target not long ago.

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    If you are looking for something with longevity, Fiestaware is a good way to go. Look for 2 for 1 sales at Macys and Kohls. They have great colors, you can mix and match, or pick a color and go with it. Use google to check it out.

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    The only thing I've found harmful to Corelle Ware is a concrete floor! The don't bounce .. :D

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    My Mom's Corelle was over 40 years old, no chips, knicks or stains, they still looked brand new. I left them with my nephew, he will probably get another 40+ years out of them :D:D:D

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    I love Corelleware, they clean up easy, most of their items have lids that match for easy clean-up. I have Summer Blush, the pansies, their cookware and dishes. No issues. As was previously mentioned, they don't like concrete floors.LOL

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    That's what I have. Mine are probably 25 years old. I've broken a few, but most are still good. They've survived 5 moves, so far!) I bought serving pieces and the casserole ovenware to match.

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    Corelle is great because it is so thin, doesn't take up a lot of room in the cabinets.

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    I love my Fiestaware. have had it for 15 years and have yet to break or chip a piece of it.

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    I love corelle. I have set of them that ive had for many years. So easy to clean even after a big mess on them.

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    I am having the same problem with my Corelle..I am wondering if its the dishwasher detergent. I used to use liquid but changed to finish tablets and started noticing it then. I thought it was just they were getting old (33 years) but like the original poster my Pfaltzgraf dishes are doing the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    My Mom's Corelle was over 40 years old, no chips, knicks or stains, they still looked brand new. I left them with my nephew, he will probably get another 40+ years out of them :D:D:D
    My Corelle is over 35 years old and it's still new looking. I recently bought my DIL service for 12 (on sale). She loves it, it stands up to kids and is lighter than her old dishes. If my boys couldn't ruin it I know it's good. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    This just boggles my mind! I thought my sister was the only one who loves Corelle! I'll leave her and her thin 25 yr old dishes alone now. I like big heavy plates, bowls and pretty cups! So I am of no help here.

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    Sometimes, the water in your area is hard, and you may need a water softener to allow the detergent to do it's job. Or you might need a rinse agent.

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    I love my corele dishes. The set I had before was in the house when it burned. Fire was hot enough to melt Pyrex baking pans, but most of the plates survived.

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    I love my corelle! And it is not 35 years old......when we built our house and moved 10 years ago.....I wanted to start over so I did away with the dishes I had and started buying white corelle. I still love it and it is still white as snow.I like that you can buy the pieces separately as well, different size bowls, small plates, large plates, etc. LOVE IT.

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    I had Pfaltzgraff and noticed the same thing. I guess it really did not bother me that much...however, I did not have white dishes. I gave that set to our son when he moved out. I hate to put alot of money into dishes...I'd rather buy cheaper and be able to get new sets when the mood strikes me! My MIL had Corelle...she really liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    Sometimes, the water in your area is hard, and you may need a water softener to allow the detergent to do it's job. Or you might need a rinse agent.
    Hmmmm - I have Corelle, and the flowers are almost worn off. Very faded. I'm blaming the water softener!

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    Try a magic eraser on your dishes..that might get the marks out.
    I have white dishes that I got at Kohls. Between my hubby and mother they have broken several. I was thinking about getting fiestaware..love the colors!

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    I'm a Corelle girl myself. I know there are other dishes that are prettier but the feel of the Corelle ware does it for me. I have three different sets all mixed together,,,,,,the blue roses, the tiny blue flowers and the navy blue fings. I like that they are so lightweight and don't make a lot of noise and they dry so quickly in the dish drainer.

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    Maybe you need new silverware.

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    just watch where the dishes are made. what Country. i stay far away from dishes made in China.
    Corelware are made here. but i did buy some soup bowls i fell in love with made in Indonesia.

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    I love my corelle! I've never had a problem with them at all, never had marks from the silverware. As some had already said..only problem I've had with them is dropping on the tile floor;)
    Have had it for more years than I care to tell...but if you saw the pattern I'm sure it would be recognized/dated.

    They have some really nice patterns out now, you should check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fraydknot12326
    The only thing I've found harmful to Corelle Ware is a concrete floor! The don't bounce .. :D
    But boy oh boy when they DO break, WATCH OUT!!!! They bust up into a billion little glass-like pieces!!! And mine didn't hit a concrete floor! :shock: :shock: :thumbdown: Now, ask me how I know this fact! :roll:

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    I have Corelle and Fiesta ware. I love them both for different reasons. The Corelle is lightweight and really easy to clean, but I get bored with white.

    I love the weight and hot colors of the Fiesta ware, that's what I would use all the time, but DH loves the Corelle better.

    We compromise.

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    You might want to use white vinegar as a rinsing agent. I can't use the regular dishwasher products because of the smells. I use white vinegar to clean everything else so I thought I would give it a try in the dishwasher. It works great and my dishes, flatware and pots and pans shine. My dishwasher is cleaner, also. I add a little bit of white vinegar to my hand washing dishwater, also. It really helps cut grease. One more thing, I use white vinegar to help clean stuck on food in my skillets. Just a little bit, leave set while washing other things then wipe clean with paper towels before washing. I love my Corelle dishes, too. They are nice and light so I don't drop them with my arthritic hands like I do my heavier handpainted pottery dishes which I love, also.

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