DIY · Dutch Oven

Cleaning Your Dutch Oven

bread in the dutch oven
Bread in the Dutch Oven

As you may have figured out, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with my Dutch Oven.

If you are just tuning in, you can read all about WHY I love my new enameled cast-iron pot here:  Why I love my Dutch Oven

I’ve been using my Christmas gift non-stop and have blogged about many recipes, some of which you can find here:

Quick & Easy General Tso’s Chicken: Another Dutch Oven Recipe

Recipe: Crusty Italian Bread in the Dutch Oven

Julia Child’s French Onion Soup Gratinee

Beer Battered Fried Pickles in the Dutch Oven…of course!

stains in dutch oven
Ugly stains left on the inside of my Dutch Oven

Alas!  As with any romance, it can’t be ALL champagne and roses!

As I was preparing all of these fabulous dishes, I noticed my beloved Dutch Oven started to take a beating.  It no longer just wiped clean after a messy recipe and I started to see marks left on the bottom inside of the pot…as well as stains on the outside cover and bottom.

Needless to say, my heart hurt a little thinking that my beautiful Christmas gift was already looking a little shabby.

Luckily we’ve got Google and Pinterest to save the day!

In my search for a cure to bring my Dutch Oven back to life, I found two tips–both involving baking soda–that have revived my darling pot and for just pennies!

Let me start by saying, I’ve kept baking soda in my kitchen for nearly 30 years.  It’s just a fabulous thing!  Baking soda inexpensive, powerful and extremely versatile. And although it’s useful in cooking, it is often overlooked as a cleaning product.

The first thing I did to get the bottom of my Dutch Oven back to its beautiful white enameled self was to simply boil water with baking soda in my pot. No scrubbing at all and–just like that–the inside of my pot looked brand new!

Baking soda and water
Boil about a quarter cup of baking soda in water

After I boiled the baking soda and water for about 15 minutes, I noticed the stains on the inside were disappearing like magic…and no scrubbing!  Granted it isn’t brand new, but it looks better than it did before, which lifted my spirits a bit.

inside of cleaned dutch oven
Results after boiling with water and baking soda

Boiling baking soda and water works for the inside of the Dutch Oven, but what about the outside?  To clean the outside and the lid, I went with a baking soda paste.  The paste was simply baking soda mixed with a small amount of water.

Using a sponge, I dabbed the paste on the outside of the pot and worked in a circular motion.  Without much scrubbing at all, the stains began to magically disappear!

It was THAT simple!

Again…I didn’t get my Dutch Oven back to its pristine state, but I *did* get most of the stains off and managed to shine it up in the process.  I even did both sides of the lid with the baking soda paste.

Don’t you just love tricks that are just super simple and yet effective?

So if you have a well-used Dutch Oven that needs a little sparkle, may I suggest a little baking soda? You will be back to loving your Dutch Oven in a snap!!