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Crock Pot Question

Yesterday I asked a question about how everyone blogs. Today, I have another question. I hope it is okay to ask a crock pot question instead of posting a recipe.

I have two crock pots. They are two different sizes. They are also two different colors. My smaller one is dark green and I have it it for about five years. It still looks pretty good for as much as I have used it. See, the inside of it is still nice.

But my other crockpot is white. See what it looks like.

Everything seems to stain it, black beans, read beans, tomatoes, and more. It is driving me crazy. I have tried scrubbing it and it won’t come off. My crockpot always looks dirty even after I have just washed it.

Does anyone else have this problem with their crockpot? Is it a problem with the light colored ones, like the white? I think it might. If that is the problem with light colored ones, I am never buying a white one again.

Any tips on how to clean it?

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  1. Here are a couple of things I have used… Baking soda – dampen the crock and scrub with baking soda. Another thing I have used is Easy-Off One Step Stovetop Cleaner.



  2. Penless Thoughts says

    I would try baking soda. I find it cleans most things, and without scratching. I have a dark aqua colored crock pot so don’t know if it works specifically on them.

  3. I don’t have any cleaning suggestions but I’ve never had a problem getting my white crock pots clean (I have 3 white ones). I find it really helps to spray them with cooking spray before I put anything in. Hope you can get this one clean!

  4. Mississippi Songbird says
  5. I’ve had the same problems with mine, no matter how much scrubbing I did they just never looked clean enough.

    I started using nonstick spray everytime I cooked, it really does help to remove all that unwanted gunk. The baking soda tip is also a great one 🙂

  6. I use an SOS pad on my light colored crockpot. It seems to work pretty well….at least better than dish soap.

  7. I would suggest baking soda or bar keeper’s friend. Those have always worked for my beige crock.

  8. I have a black one and it has a cloudy film to it no matter how much I clean it- I just gave up and use it the way it is. 🙂

    • I too have a black crockpot that has a cloudy film. I finally figured out it is because we have such hard water! I occasionally pour white vinegar in it and let it sit a half hour or so and it’s made a big difference.


  9. I have used Bon Ami for this type of problem.

  10. I don’t have a suggestion, but I’m glad you asked the question. I have the same problem with my white crock! I just got a new one and I’ll have to remember to spray it before I use it. They are so nice and clean and shiny, I want to keep them that way!


  11. If you do manage to get it cleaned up, you might consider crock pot liners in the future if you don’t have the time to go through a whole cleaning routine with the thing. I don’t like to use them all the time since they’re disposable, but if I know I’m going to be in a particular hurry I use them. Also, if I’m going to a potluck or something, I often use a liner. Way easier to pull the bag out and toss it than try to struggle with cleaning the whole thing somewhere else, or having to take a dirty crockpot home with me.

  12. Do what I do and use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. Worth EVERY penny.

  13. I don’t think its quite that its a quite one, maybe the brand is just not that great. the glazing could be worn or maybe you might have left it on too high for too long. who knows really.

    I like cleaning things with baking soda and vinegar. Have you tried soaking it in baking soda water? And then putting dry baking soda in and pouring vinegar over it? Using a scrubber after its bubbled might help ya out. Im sure that there are some recipes online to clean things like that. Maybe heating the baking soda water up a bit too. Good luck on finding out! It might just be time to get a different brand.

  14. Hi Lynn…love your website! I would try Bar Keepers Friend. It is like comet but not abrasive. I love this stuff and use it all the time. Wally world has it next to the Comet! Hope this helps!

  15. I have a black one just like yours. After cooking beans it looks just like yours. I use it to make yogurt twice a month with no problems.
    I will try using some baking soda and vinegar next time.

  16. My white crockpot looked like your picture. I was able to get it clean and white again by using Amana Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner and a wet Scotch-Brite No Scratch Pad. Took a bit of elbow work, but it now looks good as new. I’ll bet the colored crockpots are just as dirty, but the color hides the meat stain.

  17. About the stain in the white crockpot? We tried the vinegar and baking soda soak overnight then rinsed then another round of vinegar, baking soda and dawn soap with water and a vigorous scrub with a dish brush then we used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with some elbow grease. Came 99% clean. Looked a lot darker then the picture above, came out great!!

  18. I have the same problem, my crock pot is black and it has a white residue in it. I’ve tried scrubbing with a Brillo pad, Mr. Clean and others but I haven’t tried the baking soda. I’ll give this a shot.

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