Now, how does one go about cleaning a crock pot? I saw a lot of suggestions online, from using a general cleaner, to using oxi clean, brillo pads and so on. I thought there had to be a less expensive way to maintain my crock pot so I kept searching. Someone suggested using a baking soda paste and I was anxious to try it. I had a box of baking soda in my pantry and the idea of cleaning without a harsh chemical really appealed to me.
This is what my crock pot looked like before I cleaned it.
I made a paste of 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water.
Then I rubbed the paste into the base of the crock pot.
Let this sit for about 20 minutes, then use a damp rag to wipe the baking soda off.
The baking soda scrubbed much of the dingy baked on mess out of the crock pot easily.
While the crock pot wasn't restored to its brand new splendor, it sure looked a lot better!
If you have very stubborn stains after the baking soda scrub you can apply dish soap to the stubborn baked on spots and let it set overnight. The dish soap will break up the baked on residue and will wipe off easily with a damp towel. My crock pot wasn't that bad so I didn't require this last step, but I feel confident it would work because If I have a baked on mess on any dishes this is the method I use.
If your crock pot needs a good cleaning, this method will work well for you and it will only cost you pennies.
How do you keep your crock pot clean?