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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. 

This’s not just any steel wool. Please read the post for more details on the scrubber I use!

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

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