Cleaning a Crock Pot

June 30, 2011

simmering crock potAfter 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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October 8, 2004

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.


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.


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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 Sherri Lile from MO


July 22, 20100 found this helpful
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Have you tried soaking it with some baking soda water overnight? That works for me.

July 27, 20100 found this helpful
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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
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Try inexpensive denture cleaning tablets maybe get a couple from your dentist they get lots of free samples. I used to work for a dentist for 17 years and those tablets cleaned quite a bit. I used to use them to soak office coffee pot that


no one would wash though all used it.

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January 8, 2015

stains on exterior slow cooker potMy 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?



January 9, 20150 found this helpful
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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 Krutsinger from Unionville, MO

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July 22, 2010

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

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