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Cleaning a Crock Pot

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Those hours of cooking generally leave a cooked on food edge around the inside of your crock pot or slow cooker. This is a guide about cleaning a crock pot.


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7 found this helpful
June 30, 2011

After using my crock pot, I had a "cooked on, dried up" mess. I filled the crock up two thirds with water, added a drop of dish washing detergent, then turned it on low. After I came home in a few hours, I turned it off and let it cool. The "cooked on" mess was so easy to clean off!

The "high" setting works also, just depends on how quick you need it cleaned. I never have to avoid those messy recipes again.

By Patty from East Peoria, IL

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July 6, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the feedback!!! Thanks Countessj for the baking soda idea. I will try it too! I ALWAYS spray my crock pot with cooking spray, but when I make certain recipes it still messes up my crock ( ribs, etc.). And Neeinil...YES, I love the Reynold's crock pot liners, too! However, I use my crock pots so much, that it's just become an added expense. This works great for me!

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July 23, 2010

To clean a crock pot, fill it with water. Drop two or three denture tablets in and leave overnight to soak.

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

What a great idea! I'll have to tell my mom about that one. Thanks!

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September 23, 2009

Before using your Crock pot or pans to cook food, spray it first with Pam. Food will not stick and clean-up is a breeze. I do this always and it has not failed me yet. This does not affect the taste of the food and does not harm the crock pot.

Source: Started doing this on my own to see if it worked and it proved effective.

By Shorty66

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September 23, 20090 found this helpful

Sheesh, why didn't I think of this. I always spray baking dishes and casseroles for easier clean-up. Well I will definitely give it a try. I wish I had on Sun when I made pot roast and potatoes and carrots in the crock pot. There definitely was some stuck on food which required some soaking time. There are special type of liners you can buy now to use when crock potting but I'm too frugal to buy those.

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October 8, 20040 found this helpful

Crockpots can be a pain to get clean. So, here's a clever trick to help you save some time, energy, soap, and even money. Place a cooking bag in the pot, fill it with the ingredients for your recipe, close it up and slow cook and serve as usual.



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July 22, 2010

How do you clean really scorched on food out of a slow cooker? I left a dessert recipe cooking too long and the chocolate cake is set like stone.

I got off quite a bit by filling it with water and heating/soaking it. I also did this with baking soda and with vinegar in the water.
Thanks for your help!

By sllof4 from MO

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

I have had this happen and my crock pot is white. I filled it with boiling water and bleach. I let it set for a couple of hours and it helped. I then washed it and rinsed, rinsed, rinsed, completely. I did find some liners by Reynolds Wrap that I now use for the crock pot. These are amazing and work great.

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

If I ever have cooked on food I use a dryer sheet. Just put the dryer sheet in the bottom & run hot water over it making sure that the water level covers the food & let it sit for an hour or so. Then just wipe the food off with the dryer sheet. Works everytime & I never scrub my cassorole dishes thanks to this little tip.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I also use the dryer sheet trick. I don't even have to use a whole one; I use half a sheet for a larger baking dishes and a quarter of a sheet for smaller dishes. Drop the sheet in and fill with hot water. (I haven't tried it, but moistened dryer sheets are also supposed to be good for getting the soap scum off of glass shower doors.)

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Does the dryer sheet really work? It sounds too simple!

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I keep a flat razor with a handle on my shelf in the window for crock pot, and any glass pans that have stuff stuck on them. If all else fails, use oven cleaner.


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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

My slow cooker consists of two pieces. The outside pot is metal and the insert is ceramic. The metal pot has 2 holes in the bottom. The burnt on stain is inside the metal pot and water cannot be put in it. How do I get rid of the stain?


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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

You can put water in it, but just a little. Use a green scrubber and keep wiping out the water with a sponge until it is clean. That's how I do mine.

Clean this part every time you use the crock pot and it won't get too stuck on.

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July 27, 2010

How can I remove the food smell that lingers in the gasket, in the lid of my slow cooker, after it has been thoroughly washed? This is a Crock Pot brand slow cooker.

By Joyce from Unionville, MO

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

How do I clean the cooked-on residue from sausage and beans from the inside of a crock pot?

By walkbj from Plantation, FL


Cleaning a Crock Pot

This is what I do; I fill the pot with hot water, add a 1/4 cup dish washing soap, bring it to a simmer, and then put a lid on it so it stays hot after I turn it off. Leave it for a few hours. The food came right off. If there is a little residue I put some cleanser on a dishcloth and scrub on it lightly and it comes off. (06/25/2009)

By Marcia S

Cleaning a Crock Pot

I just soak mine overnight with some dish soap and then use an SOS pad to scrub off any residue. (06/25/2009)

By lah34a

Cleaning a Crock Pot

Soak with automatic dishwasher detergent and water. That stuff dissolves everything. (06/25/2009)

By Beth

Cleaning a Crock Pot

It might be best to avoid SOS or similar scouring pads because they can create tiny scratches that may make it even harder to clean your appliance. The hot water soak (even without soap added) is very effective. I fill the crock to max fill level with hot water, drape 3 - 4 clean dry face cloths on lid to cover lid entirely, and leave it unplugged and let soak a few hours. The facecloth (or even a folded towel) help maintain the warmth which increases the effectiveness. (06/25/2009)

By moonylisa

Cleaning a Crock Pot

I use a cleaner called Cameo. They make one for porcelain, for stainless steel and aluminum. You sprinkle some on the cooked on food and use a damp cloth to make it into a paste. Then you rub it on the spots and they should come off with a little bit of elbow grease. I buy mine at Walmart in the cleaning aisle for about $1. I have heard you can make a paste with baking soda and clean just about anything. Although I have not tried this myself, it might just save you a trip to the store! (06/25/2009)

By harrison2009

Cleaning a Crock Pot

Use one of the Magic Erasers - I think Mr. Clean makes them. They clean everything off my pots and pans and they are soft and don't scratch. Stuff comes off immediately with little effort. We even cleaned the vinyl car seats and doors in my husband's car and it looks showroom new (it's a 2001 model!). We've used them to clean the water line in our pool, our glass top stove, etc. I love them! (06/25/2009)

By Susan5932

Cleaning a Crock Pot

Once clean, can I suggest that they make crock pot liners? They sell them with the plastic wrap and aluminum foil where I am at. I love them. Just pop one in, then whatever you are cooking and when done take out and throw away. They have saved me time and trouble. (06/25/2009)

By lmbell

Cleaning a Crock Pot

I basically do what Marcia suggested and it works every time. Good luck. (06/25/2009)

By tahlula

Cleaning a Crock Pot

Next time you use your crock pot, use this little trick someone told my mother many moons ago. Using a pastry brush or a folded up piece of paper towel, oil the whole inside of the pot, top to bottom. Although it will still need some scrubbing to clean up, it will be easier to maintain. I've been doing this for years with extra virgin olive oil, but any liquid oil will do. (06/30/2009)

By cookwie

Cleaning a Crock Pot

I use S.O.S. pads to clean it. Then before each use I spray it with PAM or any generic non stick spray before filling. (06/30/2009)

By Ariela

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March 21, 20170 found this helpful

I have a different problem. My crock pot is at least 15 years old with no problems until recently. Now, after making something, and I'm ready for clean-up, I find the crock sticks to the outside pan. They are just so hard to separate. Any ideas?

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