How Do You Clean Enamel Cookware?

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Wondering about the best way to clean a Le Creuset Dutch oven, and enameled cookware in general? Good news - it's pretty easy!

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READER QUESTION: How do you clean enameled pots?

Enameled cookware – like Le Creuset’s dutch oven – may seem like it requires special handling when it comes to cleaning, but it’s really quite straightforward.

For everyday cleaning: Wash with dish soap, hot water, and a non-scratch scrubbing sponge or brush. Avoid steel wool or any kind of metal scrubber, as it could scratch the enamel.

For stubborn burnt spots and stains: Try one of these methods.

  1. Boil with baking soda: Fill the pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add two tablespoons baking soda, and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the burner. Take a wooden spoon and scrape off any burnt bits. Rinse and wash with soap and water.
  2. Scrub with Bar Keeper’s Friend: Using either the liquid version or the powdered version, pour a small amount of Bar Keeper’s Friend into the enameled pot, mix with a little water, then scrub with a non-scratch scrubber. It should take those stains off pretty quick. Bar Keeper’s Friend is a step up from baking soda, and I’ve found it works wonders on all kinds of kitchen cleaning tasks, which is why it’s one of our essential cleaning tools.

~ Cambria, enameled pot enthusiast and experienced cleaner of said pots

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Cambria Bold

Cambria Bold is the Product and Lifestyle Director for Simply Recipes. She has almost a decade's worth of online editorial experience and know-how, first as the Managing Editor for Apartment Therapy's green living site Re-Nest (RIP) and later as the Design and Lifestyle Editor for The Kitchn. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and their two little girls.

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  1. Norm

    Barkeepers Friend -dry- (which i use a lot) is not recommended, IMHO. It is Comet/Ajax with the addition of oxalic acid – which boosts its shining properties. It’s GREAT on sinks and metallic surfaces, but I’d never use it on a porcelain surface.

    The liquid version, which is designed for glass oven tops, would be gentle enough for ceramic cookware, yet provide extra cleaning power.

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