How To Get Your Slow Cooker Clean Itself

You can skip the elbow grease by using this ingenious method.

The slow cooker has been a game-changer for many of us. We might use it to prepare a meal for the evening so that it can be ready when we get home from work or perhaps we may throw something together for breakfast in the morning. We may even find that we are using our slow cooker more than we are using the stove. That is why it is so important to care for the slow cooker properly because it can accumulate grime with all of that work. A deep clean on occasion is necessary but you can skip the elbow grease by using this ingenious method.

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“Life Should Cost Less” is a YouTuber that talks about this simple method to get your slow cooker to clean itself.

Here is how to do it:

1. Fill the Slow Cooker

Have the slow cooker plugged in but turned off and fill it almost to the top with water.

2 Add Vinegar

Now that the slow cooker is almost filled with water, add 1 cup of distilled vinegar. Make sure it doesn’t overflow!

3. Add Baking Soda

Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the slow cooker working in batches. Don’t do it too quickly because it could fizz and foam over.

4. Turn the Slow Cooker on

Turn on the slow cooker and set it for up to eight hours.

5. Allow It to Cool

After the time has expired, turn off the slow cooker and wait an hour for the water to cool down.

6. Rinse

After allowing the water and slow cooker to cool down, dump out the water. You might have to wipe out the slow cooker but typically, just a rinse with warm water will do the trick.

You can see it happen for yourself in the following video: