We all love our Crockpot because it is a tool that makes getting dinner on the table a snap. A dirty crockpot happens to the best of us. Something spills between the crock and the heater. You forget to grease the crockpot or put in a liner. Or the dreaded, something cooked too long and burnt to the crockpot. In all of these scenarios and more you need to know how to clean your crockpot.
How to Clean Your Crockpot
Soap and Water
My favorite way to clean it is probably the easiest. Fill it with water and soap and turn it on low for an hour. Soaking it will help loosen whatever food has been cooked onto it and then clean it as you normally would.
Baking Soda Scrub
BUT if you have cooked beans or something that has left a residue on your crockpot scrub it with baking soda. The uses for Baking Soda are incredible, and this is one that I love.
Extra Soak & Elbow Grease
So you have something that has grown attached to your crockpot. If it is burnt on it is going to need a bit of an extra soak. Add some vinegar and water to your crockpot and turn it on for about an hour to heat up. Just let it soak, and when it is cold dump it out and scrub it again. The soak and the elbow grease should get it clean.
The Crock isn't the problem
The outside heating element part of your crockpot can get gross too! Food can spill in it and dirty it over time. You can't soak this part since it contains electrical components, but you can wipe it out with a warm soapy cloth. If you have some tough baked on stains, use ammonia.
Fill a small bowl with ammonia, place it in the cooker, cover with the lid, and leave it overnight. Some internet searches may suggest oven cleaner for this portion but proceed with caution if your crockpot contains aluminum. Once it has sat overnight, use a cloth and wipe it clean.
Clean after Every Use
The best way to clean your crockpot is to keep it clean. Wipe down all of the parts with warm soapy water after every use to prevent those terrible cooked on stains and your crockpot will stay clean and looking like new.
There is one appliance that works hard in your kitchen to keep you out of it. Treat it well, and learn how to clean your crockpot in just a few simple steps.