How to Clean Slow Cookers

How to Clean Slow Cookers

All of us love slow cookers because it makes you cooking very easy and simple. But that does not mean this kitchen appliance is perfect, there are some drawbracks about it that after cooking it can be very dirty and it is not easy to clean a slow cookers. If somehow we overcooked our food and forgotten to properly add oil before adding food and spices, creates some sort of mess and makes our cleaning job very difficult.

Generally, we have to do lot of scrubbing to clean it, which causes wastage of our time as well as energy. In this article we will tell how you can save your time as well as energy and you will be able to clean your slow cooker by itself without any exhaustion.

The method in this we will not to the traditional thing of soaking the cooker inside the sink for a while and then scrubbing it instead of we will use baking soda and vinegar mixture and heat it inside your slow cooker for little bit and it will automatically clean it for you. Worry not about harmful impacts of this method as the baking soda will not harm the ceramic surface of the cooker and will not leave any kind of harmful residue to make your food healthy and nutritious.

Equipment required

  • Slow cooker
  • Water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Microfiber or cotton cloth
  • Small scrub brush or toothpick
  • Screwdriver

Method in detail

  1. Set and forget method

For medium kind of untidiness, we will use a little amount of baking soda and dish detergent and a lot of patience. We have to sprinkle baking soda where there is food particles been stuck before scrubbing it off. If that thing doesn’t work then we have to  ¼ cup of the baking soda inside the ceramic pot with some amount of dish detergent and fill it with water. Then set it on high for 2 – 4 hours after covering it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Add some vinegar and baking soda mixture

This method is for high extensive messes, in this we will use one of the nature’s most powerful cleaning combinations i.e. baking soda mixed with white vinegar and use these on the places, which causes the stain like heating element of the slow cookers. We have to fill the pot with half cup of distilled white vinegar and half-cup baking soda and water and ration of mixer to water will we 1:3and cooker will be turned on low heat for 3-4 hours and scrub it after that.

  • Don’t forget the inner walls.

For cleaning inner portions of the slow cooker, we will use ammonia and fill the pot with it and leave it overnight. Next day just simply wipe of the walls with cloth and it is clean as new.

How to always keep Clean your Slow Cooker as per uses duration

Method 1: The Routine Cleaning after long time

May be you are not the regular user of slow cooker, but if you are using after sometime it is best to give it a small amount of scrub done as after you don’t want to have lentils or veggies fill with dirt to eat. For cleaning cooker follow the steps below:

  • First of all, fill the cooker with water and add few drops dish detergent and now turn on for an hour in low heat. After 1 hours simply remove the mixture and just rinse it with water.

Method 2: When There Are a Few Tough Stains left in it.

As this the process when the food particles left inside it after some sort of baking or less greasy dishes. For this process it is very simply as above method but we just have to use baking soda in place of dish detergent.  Expect that all is same as method 1 and we can use kitchen brush for scrubbing sides to loosen those stubborn food particles.

Method 3: The Overhaul deep cleaning method guide

Before you start further and go into the deep cleaning make sure that, you had knowledge about internals of your slow cooker as different brand offers different design and wares. There can be variety of materials been used in making a slow cooker like aluminium, glass, stainless steel, plastic that will require different kind of cleaning process for that thing you must take a look at the user manual provided along with your cooker.

And, for deep cleaning as mentioned above we have to use mixture of white vinegar and baking soda to remove all those stubborn stains and food particles and make your cooker as clean and shiny as the new one.


That all for the cleaning process for the slow cooker by our side and if you have any questions and queries related to it please free to contact us and give your valuable feedback.

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