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How to Clean a Dutch Oven

How to Clean a Dutch Oven

Is your beloved Le Creuset dutch oven stained from all the searing, browning, stewing and braising? Let’s bring back the sparkling clean interior back with this super easy method! No overnight soaking, no boiling vinegar!

I know, I know. My Dutch oven looks horrific! Can you tell I’ve been braising stews and roasts all winter long? 

And it brings such a satisfaction to finally clean it and bring that “naked” look back.

Luckily, it takes very little elbow grease and simple ingredients that you probably have on hand.


  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Sponge and/or scrubber


Now if your stains are light, you can cover the area with a baking soda and add a little water to create a paste. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes and wash it with a sponge. Everything will wipe away revealing beautiful clean surface.

However, if your pot has heavy built-on stains, we’ll need an extra step. Instead of making a paste, we’ll add about an inch of water. Bring it a boil over medium heat and then simmer for a few minutes. And then turn off the heat and let it cool completely. Once cooled, wash it with a sponge. If you still have stubborn stain left, sprinkle more baking soda and a bit of water to make a paste and scrub it with a sponge or scrubber. I know, it’s not advised to use abrasive scrubber, but I sometimes use this Amway srub buds pad to remove stubborn stains. It works beautifully! The most important thing is this Amway scrub buds pad is super gentle. 

Ta-da! Nice and clean Dutch oven ready to be used again for all the stews and pot roasts!

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21 comments on “How to Clean a Dutch Oven”

  1. I have a hot spot in the bottom of my Dutch oven that is a REAL PROBLEM when I use it. Everything I cook in it scorches in that one area and at times makes the food taste burnt. Any suggestions to correct this problem. *Not sure if I “cured” it the wrong way when I first got it.

    • Hi, Deb. Hmm, that’s interesting. Is your Dutch oven enameled or cast iron? I don’t think you need to “cure” an enameled Dutch oven.

  2. I just pour a little bleach in and fill it the rest of the way with hot water… let it sit a few minutes and stains gone.  Even works on red wine stains.

  3. I use a magic eraser so easy and works like a charm!

  4. Just fill the pot with hot water just above the stain line put in Clorox and leave for a few hours. Looks like new, no scrubbing.

  5. This tool all the finish off the bottom of my pot. Now it’s unuseable!!

    Rating: 1
  6. I usually pour bleach into the bottom and let it sit overnight and wash as usual. Always comes out clean.

  7. I tried the method of baking soda, water and soaking for over an hour……didn’t work! I then tried baking soda, water and boiling it for a while. Then scrubbed…..didn’t work! Disappointed!!

    • When all else fails try the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean.  Not as convenient as the baking soda in your pantry but easy-peasy.  Just wet the “eraser” a little bit to dampen and rub a dub it gets clean.  No I don’t work for the company it just works.

  8. I add vinegar to the pot to help break down the stain, and bring it all to a simmer for several minutes. This also works well for stainless steel pots and pans. 🙂

  9. Thank you for that tip!  How about the outside? One of mine is really dull looking 😯

  10. My Mom taught me your method years ago and it works great!  I have an easy method that I use, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!  Wet it a little and easily wipe it clean.

    Rating: 4
    • Thanks for sharing your method, Tammy! I don’t usually buy Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but I can always find baking soda in my pantry. That’s find this method more convenient for me.

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