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Cleaning Ceramic Pots and Pans With Bleach

Your pots and pans are going to get dirty. Learn how to use bleach to clean pots and pans to look like new including ceramic crock pots and pot and pan bottoms.

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I have a ceramic crock pot. It’s pretty disgusting right now and I don’t feel comfortable slow cooking food along with whatever germs are living on the pot. Can I use bleach to clean the crock?


A ceramic crock pot is meant to be easy to clean, so soaking it with warm water and dish detergent should loosen any residual material which can then be more easily scrubbed off.

The ceramic surface is a hard, nonporous surface so it should be safe to use a sanitizing bleach and water solution after it has been cleaned. To proceed, after thoroughly cleaning the crock pot, prepare a sanitizing solution with 2 teaspoons Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach added to 1 gallon of water. Fill the crock pot with the bleach solution and allow it to sit for 2 minutes, then pour the bleach and water solution down the drain and let the crockpot air dry. no rinsing is required with the sanitizing solution.

You can also use the sanitizing solution on enameled and stainless steel cookware. Hope this helps you continue to enjoy your crock pot!