Easy Way to Clean my Crock-Pot

I’ve been trying out a number of crock-pot recipes, and maybe it’s just me, but I have the worst luck with food burning around the top. It doesn’t burn anywhere else usually, but the top part is a mess.  Now the whole point of using a crock-pot is to save time. But how much time are you saving, if you spend 20 minutes scrubbing the pot? Here is a method that I use to clean my crock pot easily.

I needed an easy way to clean my crock-pot. After trying a few experiments, I came up with a method that worked pretty well.

Easy way to clean my Crock-Pot

  1. Fill the dirty pot with hot water, all the way to the top.
  2. Turn crock-pot on high.
  3. Leave the crock pot on high for 2-4 hours.
  4. Carefully pour the water out of the crock-pot. (I use a small pitcher to dip it out.)
  5. Rinse!
  6. Use a soapy sponge to completely clean any little bits of greasy residue that may get left behind.

This method may not work for everything, but so far it’s worked really well.

Here I had made a breakfast dish and the breading stuff stuck to the edges, I took the photo before I finished filling it with water.  Now, if only this trick would work for the dirty counter in the background!

easy way to clean my crock pot   After 2 hours of heating with the water, I have poured the water off and used the spray nozzle at my sink to rinse it. There is only a wee bit of stuff at the top still left.

Easy way to clean my crock pot

Definitely saved me time on clean-up. And for those of you who are wondering; yes, I do spray the inside of the pot before I use it. I refuse to use liners because I don’t think it to be very healthy cooking in plastic like that.

Do you have a way to clean your crock pot that works really well?

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  1. I would like to know how to clean the inside of the outside, does that make sense? The inside of the outer compartment….

  2. Travis uses the same method to clean a really stuck-on skillet – you don’t have to leave a skillet on that long, just enough to get the water you have added to boiling and then use your spatula to scrape the stuff off! Works like a charm. Or you can just get it good and hot and turn it off if you don’t have time to scrape it right away. it will still come off well. Great idea for a crock pot! I usually let mine set in the sink with water in it overnight. i still have to scrub stuff off of it though!

  3. GREAT IDEA! I will definitely have to try this next time I use my Crock Pot. I hate spending forever scrubbing!

  4. What a great idea! That has given me trouble for years….I’m going to give your method a try! Thank you!

  5. Gosh, I have just scrubbed at it! Takes me about 5 minutes, but I guess I just never thought there was another way…you kind of got me thinking!

  6. Jacqui Hodgkins says:

    For anything that is a stubborn mess, weirdly enough I heard from some years ago to try a dryer sheet. I just fill up the pan or crock pot with some hot water and place half of a dryer sheet in and let it sit for a few and it wipes away. My husband thought it was absurd til he tried it. We now keep some dryer sheets in our kitchen cabinet too!

  7. Fabulous idea!

  8. I just tried this with stuck on salisbury steak gravy. All I did when I poured off the water was wipe it with a soapy dish cloth and it was cleaner than it’s been since I got it!!!

  9. I fill mine with hot water as soon as it is empty and then use a copper scrubber. It makes getting the crock clean so easy.

  10. I have been told (but have yet to try) that Cream of tartar mixed with Hydrogen Peroxide in to a paste, rub it on and let it sit. (I dont know how long) and even the baked on crud on baking sheets will come off. I may try it tomorrow if I can. I just had hip replacement surgery and I am a bit wobbly still. I will come back and report.

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