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 Kitchn. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and their two little girls. And, yes, this is her real name.

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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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