Slow cookers are amazingly useful and convenient. But what’s not amazing or convenient is the amount of scrubbing that has to happen before that stubborn ring will lift off the sides of the pot.
That ring can be formed if you forget to turn the slow cooker off, or if you’ve just forgotten to soak the pot after a meal.
Sarah at Life Should Cost Less looked for several solutions online, but none of them were tough enough to tackle her dirty slow cooker. But after so many failed attempts, she had an epiphany and was generous enough to share it with us!
She left some BBQ chicken in the slow cooker and it burned to a crisp. Even though she soaked, scrubbed, and ran the slow cooker through the dish washer, she was still left with this brown residue.
So Sarah just used her clever method of cleaning to get rid of it!
Fill your slow cooker with water, just above the line of food. Add one cup of distilled white vinegar for a 6-quart cooker. Adjust the amount according to the size of your slow cooker.
Then add a cup of baking soda for a 6-quart slow cooker. But don’t dump it in at once like you did with the vinegar!
Sarah wrote that the key is to slowly add the baking soda a spoonful at a time. Let the bubbles die down before adding another spoonful. Keep adding the baking soda until the whole cup is used.
If your slow cooker isn’t too bad, this may be the end of the tutorial.
But if the ring of food is holding tightly to the pot, turn the slow cooker on low and let it cook for 4 hours or overnight.
When it’s done, let the water cool for about an hour and then empty the water. Clean it with hot soapy water the way your normally would. It should only take 30 seconds to get it sparkling clean!
When it’s dry, you’ll see that every trace of your past meals is gone! Read Sarah’s instructions here.