How to Get a Smell out of a Crock-Pot

Bacteria trapped inside the pores of a Crock-Pot can create unwanted odors. As the Crock-Pot heats up, food particles and bacteria adhere to its expanded pores. The University of Kentucky states that bacteria start to die off when the slow cooker reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit, but 158 degrees for one hour is needed to kill all bacteria. If the correct temperatures are not met, then the remaining bacteria is trapped within the pores during the cooling-down process. Newer Crock-Pots are made of materials that are not as porous, which aids in preventing bacteria.

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Distilled vinegar can be used to kill the bacteria that creates unwanted smells.

Standard Cleaning

Step 1

Allow the Crock-Pot to cool.

Step 2

Place it in the dishwasher or clean the cooking vessel by hand with soapy water.

Step 3

Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with water to create a thick paste.

Step 4

Place the paste onto any stains left behind during the regular cleaning process.

Step 5

Wipe with distilled vinegar to remove fingerprints or water spots.

Step 6

Wash your slow cooker with soapy water.

Deep Cleaning

Step 1

Create a mixture of half water and half distilled vinegar. The amount you make should be enough to fill the Crock-Pot halfway.

Step 2

Turn the Crock-Pot to the highest setting and allow it to cook till it reaches a temperature of 158 degrees Fahrenheit. This opens the pores and allows the vinegar to remove the smell.

Step 3

Allow the Crock-Pot to cool.

Step 4

Pour out the vinegar mixture.

Step 5

Wash your slow cooker with soapy water.