Magic Way to Clean a Crockpot

3 minutes
April 24, 2019
Carole Jones

Want to know how to clean a crock pot without any scrubbing?  It is so simple and all it takes is just a bit of time and a basic household cleaner I’m sure you already have on hand.  That inside metal liner of your crockpot can get so nasty after a few of your favorite recipes, but just read on for my secret method of how to clean a slow cooker.

How to Clean a Crock Pot

I pulled out my slow cooker a few days ago when my in-laws were visiting and about died when I saw the inside of it!  How did my crockpot get so disgusting?!?  I needed a natural way to clean the inside without spending all day scrubbing!

Up until the moment my mother in law was looking at the baked-on, nasty grease of the inside of my crockpot, it really never really mattered what the inside metal surface looked like.  Suddenly, it became very important to me that it no longer appeared like this….

How to Clean a Crock pot

I knew exactly where to turn for a solution to my mess, my amazing blogger friend Jill over at One Good Thing by Jillee.  Of course, Jill has the best solutions to every little problem and she certainly had a solution to this disgusting mess!  If you don’t already own it, Jill just released a book of all her best tips, tricks and solutions and it is indispensable! Click here to check it out!

How to clean a crock pot

So how did I get my disgusting crockpot looking so sparkly and shiny?  All it took was just a little ammonia and time!

Place a cereal bowl inside your cold slow cooker and fill it half way with ammonia.  Put on the lid  and walk away.  Yep, just walk away and let the ammonia do all the hard work for you.  Let it sit overnight, then remove the bowl and use a scrubbie to easily remove the baked on greasy mess.  Do not emerge your slow cooker in water or fill it with water.  Once your are done scrubbing, just use a wet washcloth to wipe out the gunk.

If you have any super stubborn spots, make a little paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and that will get rid of them!  Now you know my top secret, super easy method of how to clean a crock pot.  Now, no grab yours and get it done 🙂


**My friend, this post contains Amazon affiliate links which means I receive a small compensation, at no additional cost to you,  if you make a purchase using my link.   And no worries….I only link to products that I both use and love!  ~Carole 

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


9 years ago

Thank you. I am so excited to try this!

9 years ago

Come back and let me know how it works for you Candy!

8 years ago

Adding ammonia to my shopping list! Cross your fingers!

8 years ago

It works like a charm!

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G Michelle
8 years ago

I’m concerned about the odor, was it strong?

8 years ago

Hey there Michelle! Ammonia does have an odor but I wouldn’t say it is super strong. And since you leave the lid on the slow cooker, any odor stays inside.

Mary Beth Elderton
6 years ago

OMG! Thank You!

6 years ago

You are welcome Mary Beth!

8 months ago

I cannot find ammonia anywhere. Is there something else I can use?

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