How to Clean Burnt Enamel on a Dutch Oven


Once the enamel coating of your Dutch oven becomes tainted with stains from burned-on food, it's not necessarily a permanent change. Some discolorations will disappear from the cookware with the right cleaning method. Others may cling in the form of a patina. For stubborn stains you can't remove, accept them. They serve as a testament to your Dutch oven as a well-used implement in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Nonabrasive powdered cleanser
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Warm water
  • 1 or 2 denture tablets or other effervescent tablets

Scrubbing Away Stains

  • Fill the Dutch oven with water. Pour out the water and leave the inside of the cookware wet.

  • Wet a scrubbing sponge and squeeze to remove excess water. Sprinkle a liberal amount of a gentle powdered cleanser onto the surface of the sponge.

  • Scrub the burned areas of the enamel with the powdered sponge to remove the stains. Rinse the sponge as you remove the burned food.

  • Rinse the inside of the Dutch oven with warm water to remove the cleanser. Examine the cookware.

Removing Surface Stains

  • Place the Dutch oven in the sink and fill it with warm water.

  • Drop one effervescent tablet into the water. If the Dutch oven is large, use two tablets. The tablets will begin fizzing.

  • Allow the tablets to fizz. Pour the water down the drain once the tablets stop fizzing. The surface stains should be gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't worry about stains that won't budge from the surface of the cookware. It's safe to continue using your Dutch oven.
  • Some brands of Dutch oven enamel cookware may recommend their brand-name cleanser. Check the item's care instructions before cleaning.
  • Avoid cleansers with chlorine bleach or gritty ingredients.
  • If you use steel wool, scrub gently.

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