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How to Clean Your Crockpot

How to clean your Crockpot, the inside of your slow cooker, with just a few household items! If you haven’t done this before it’s probably disgusting!

how to clean the metal part of a slow cooker

I do A LOT of crockpot recipes and although I wanted to show you how to clean a slow cooker too. Doesn’t have to be done after each meal but I bet you too have neglected cleaning the inside of your crockpot too. I couldn’t stand looking at the gunk on the inside and looked for an easy way to get rid of it using household items I already had. This is one easy way on how to clean your crockpot that made all the difference! (originally published 1/16, affiliate links present)

How to clean the metal part of a slow cooker

Like I said, whether it is Winter or Summertime I cook my 5 ingredient crockpot chili recipe, or any of my other crockpot recipes pretty regularly.

As you can see, I have never cleaned the inside of this slow cooker or any of my others (yes I have 3 different sizes) ever!!!

I don’t know why I thought this was ok year after year but I guess it was just one more thing to get done and got neglected. Here is how to clean your crockpot with just ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda! 

how to clean your crockpot
How to clean the inside of your slow cooker

How to Clean your Crockpot

  1. Paper towel
  2. Amonia
  3. Hydrogen peroxide
  4. Baking soda

Let’s take a peek inside this baby shall we….underneath the pot you use people!

I bet yours is just as gross if you’ve never cleaned it before. First take the part you cook in out of your slow cooker and set that aside.

How to clean your crockpot

Slow cooker cleaning hack

Fill a small bowl with amonia and put it inside the inside of your crockpot and put the lid on.

Leave it there overnight and let it work! It will look the same when you take the lid off but believe me the grime has loosened.

How to clean your slow cooker

Now mix together some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste and put some on a paper towel. Use it to wipe down the inside.

It doesn’t take much scrubbing but the mixture has some grit to it so it gets off all the yuck inside. Then get a clean paper towel that is wet and wipe clean the inside!

How to clean your slow cooker

How to deodorize a slow cooker

If you’ve ever tried to do a dry run and not do what I’m suggesting to get the grit and yuck off the inside of your crockpot you know that is stuck on good!!

  • It has probably been gross for years and years and baked on really in between the crock that is hot and becomes almost impossible to get the dirt and baked on food off.
  • This way to clean your crockpot it literally just takes a few swipes of your “gritty mixture” to wipe off.

Then just use a damp paper towel to wipe the yuck off and it looks fantastic when you’re done….see!

How to clean the inside of your crockpot

Amazing difference from the beginning and super easy way to clean your crockpot! Make sure you check out our easy crockpot recipes on my blog while you’re here.

Here is an easy and natural way to clean your microwave too!!

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Saturday 31st of October 2020

I’m wondering how your lid fits without the ceramic part in it? I’m trying just putting foil over the top.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

This really works! I was afraid I was going to have to toss my beloved crock pot with so many memories cooked into it. I decided to give this the last ditch eff. Thank you so much. I wish I had thought to take a picture of it before and after!

Kendra W.

Monday 30th of April 2018

I was wondering if this cleaning technique would work on a bread machine? Mine inside is disgusting looking.

The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of May 2018

The inside under the pot, probably.

Jay Hug

Thursday 21st of January 2016

? Confused? Is it vinegar? or ammonia? you're using first? Both are mentioned, but not sure WHERE you're using it. Is this to clean the crock itself? Or the crockpot base? The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is the paste to scrub the crockpot inside (silver part) obviously since you show the pictures of that. Thanks. Looking forward to getting the gunk out it.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 21st of January 2016

Sorry, thinking ammonia and wrote vinegar. Fill a small bowl and put the bowl of ammonia inside the crockpot and put the top on and leave that overnight.

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