How to Clean a Crock-Pot

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Cleaning a Crock-Pot is similar to cleaning a regular stovetop pot.
Cleaning a Crock-Pot is similar to cleaning a regular stovetop pot. (Image: Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images)

Convenient Crock-Pots do the cooking for you while you work through a busy schedule. But like any other pot or pan in your kitchen, they won't clean themselves. Crock-Pots and slow cookers are generally easy to clean given their removable, non-stick ceramic crocks that can be placed in the sink. Still, food can stick to the sides of the crock as the liquids reduce and the pot is left on for long periods.

Regular Cleaning

All Crock-Pots and other slow cookers should be turned off and cooled completely before cleaning. The lid and removable crocks can be washed in the dishwasher, but hand washing might be best for stubborn food. Remove the crock liner, if applicable, and fill it with hot water and mild dish detergent. Pots with non-removable liners can be placed in the sink to catch splashes but should never be submerged. Leave the pot to soak and soften stuck-on food. Scrub the pot with a dish cloth or sponge. Scouring pads and abrasive sponges can scratch the pot, but use a paste made with baking soda -- a mild abrasive -- and water, if needed. Scrape away stuck-on food with a wooden spoon or spatula, avoiding metal utensils that can scratch the non-stick surface. Spray water spots with white vinegar and wipe clean with a dishcloth or paper towel. Wipe the heating base with a dishcloth and hot, soapy water to remove any food splatters.

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