How to Clean a Ceramic Crock-Pot

While using a Crock-Pot is simple, cleaning the handy kitchen appliance can be challenging, especially if food becomes baked on the heavy, heat-retaining ceramic crock. The crock is especially difficult to clean if food is allowed to cook too long and moisture evaporates. Older slow cookers with a crock built in are harder to clean and are treated differently than newer slow cookers, which usually have removable ceramic crocks that are lifted out.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Cloth or sponge
  • Plastic scrubber
  • Soft cloth

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Built-In Crock

Unplug the Crock-Pot.

Wash the glass lid with hot soapy water, or place the lid in the dishwasher to clean.

Wipe the inside of the Crock-Pot with a cloth or sponge dipped in hot soapy water. Rinse and repeat until the ceramic crock is clean.

Fill the crock with warm soapy water if the crock contains stuck-on food and is difficult to clean. Let the crock soak for about 20 minutes, and then use a cloth or plastic scrubber to clean the crock. Empty the dirty water in the sink.

Wipe the inside of the crock with a cloth dipped in fresh, hot water to remove any soap residue.

Clean the outside of the Crock-Pot with a damp cloth.

Removable Crock

Unplug the Crock-Pot.

Place the ceramic crock in a sink filled with hot soapy water. Scrub the crock with a sponge or a plastic scrubber.

Rinse the ceramic crock with hot water, and then dry it with a soft cloth.

Wash the glass lid in hot soapy water. Alternatively, wash the lid in the dishwasher.

Wipe the outside of the Crock-Pot with a damp cloth or sponge.


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