The slow cooker can be used to cook a wide variety of recipes, but what happens when it comes time to tackle cleaning your slow cooker? You’re in luck! These super simple slow cooker cleaning tips anyone can do! While the stains and residue from your latest slow cooker soup may be left behind and look a little rough, the good news is that your slow cooker will clean up in no time at all!
If you’ve been wondering if your slow cooker needs a good deep cleaning after all the holiday baking…it more than likely does! Here are some of the most simple tips for cleaning the slow cooker that you’ll find! You’ll have it shining and sparkling like new in no time at all!
Super Easy and Simple Slow Cooker Cleaning Tips
Before anything, ALWAYS make certain that your slow cooker is unplugged before starting to clean. This is the most important simple slow cooker cleaning tip and rule to remember, period.
Always start by reading your Slow Cooker owner’s manual
Dig deep and think where you placed it…but the best place to look for how to clean your slow cooker is going to be in the owner’s manual. Why? Because that manual was created specifically for that slow cooker and there are a ton of different varieties of slow cookies out there. The best place to learn how to clean your specific model is in your manual.
If you don’t happen to have your manual, here are some other basic tips to help you out!
Wiping down the outside
Just how does the outside of the slow cooker get so messy? With the food being on the inside, it’s always quite amazing! Don’t worry, the outside cleaning process is super simple and literally takes moments. All you need is a soft cloth, some warm water and a little bit of soap to scrub away all those fingerprints and leftover food particles hanging out. Don’t immerse this in water, though. Have it sitting out on the counter where you can clean and wipe it down easily with your cloth.
Don’t forget the bottom of the slow cooker!
Yes, even the bottom of your slow cooker will need to be wiped down. Use the same process that you did above with cleaning the exterior sides and you should have no issues scrubbing away.
Remove the insert to clean
The great part about slow cookers is that the majority of them (if not all of them) have a removable insert (the pot) that can be cleaned easily in the sink! Thank goodness for wonderful inventions! For the most part, the food items in the insert can be cleaned with water and soap. Get your scrubbing hands ready because there might some leftover food items that need just a little bit more work!
Don’t forget to clean the lid
The lid gets food and germs that need to be cleaned as well. So many people tend to overlook the lid, but it contains just as many germs and food as the other parts! Make certain that you clean all the cracks and get out those germs. That way, your lid will be sanitized and ready to go for the next round of slow cooking.
If you can keep up with the cleaning of your slow cooker, you’ll be amazing at how long it looks “new”! Each and every time you use it, take the time to clean it thoroughly. Also, remember to always let the slow cooker cool down completely (and be unplugged) before you start cleaning! The last thing that you want to have happened is to get burnt!
Do you have any other simple slow cooker cleaning tips?