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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.

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.

Built-In Crock

  1. Unplug the Crock-Pot.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

Removable Crock

  1. Unplug the Crock-Pot.

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

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

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

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

  6. Tip

    Most removable ceramic crocks can safely be washed in the dishwasher. However, read the manual for your slow cooker first. Remove stuck-on food or burns with a paste made of baking soda and water. Dip a cloth into the paste, then gently scrub the problem area. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any baking soda residue.

    Warning

    Never immerse the electrical base or cord of your Crock-Pot in liquid. Never use steel wool, metallic scratch pads or abrasive powdered cleansers to clean the crock. Abrasives create tiny scratches that may become deeper in time.

About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.