How to Clean an Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

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Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot.

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.comThe one item from my kitchen that has stuck with me the longest is my honey gold, enameled cast iron dutch oven. I’ve had it for 15 years now. I call it “OT” – Old and trusted. It’s been with me as I taught myself to cook, survived nine moves, and gets used every single time I make my Nana’s Sunday Gravy. But, over the years, it’s also started to show signs of aging. The interior gets blackened when I sear something in the pot and stains happen after simmering a pot of sauce on the stove all day. But, I’ve learned that it’s easy to give this golden beauty a facelift using just a couple simple ingredients – baking soda and dish soap.

Here’s how to clean your enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda

You’ll need three items to clean your enameled cast iron dutch oven:

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Dish Soap
  3. Abrasive Sponge

Simple, really. I think you’ll already have these items on hand. I spoiled myself today by picking up a new set of Mrs. Meyer’s® Dish Soap and Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner at Fred Meyer. I love how cute the bottles are and they smell out of this world! Usually, I pick up the Lavender or Lemon Verbena scent, but today I wanted to try something new – plus I thought the periwinkle blue would look pretty on my counters, so Bluebell it was 🙂  It’s the little things that make tasks like cleaning out an enameled cast iron dutch oven on a Saturday afternoon feel just a little more enjoyable. It’s also the fact that Mrs. Meyer’s products manage to be made with natural essential oils and plant-derived ingredients, but still act as a powerhouse in the kitchen.

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

Here’s what you do to clean your enameled cast iron dutch oven:

Fill your dutch oven with enough water to cover the staining/stuck on bits and bring it to a boil. Then, add in a few spoonfuls of baking soda. Let the mixture bubble away as you use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any of the blackened bits. Once the pot is mostly clean, pour the water out and use an abrasive sponge and a bit of dish soap to give it a final polish.

At this point, you may notice that there are still some burnt on bits. If so, can repeat the process. This should get rid of any final remaining stains. However, if you’ve got a real challenge on your hands, try making a paste of dish soap and baking soda. Spread that onto your enameled cast iron dutch oven and let it sit overnight. The next morning, add a few drops of water and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any remaining scorched bits. Then rinse the paste from the pot using an abrasive sponge and dish soap to polish things off.

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.comLearn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.comLearn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

With these tips, you should have a bright and shiny enameled dutch oven that is ready for its next 15 years of use….

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

I teamed up with Mrs. Meyers to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Learn how to clean an enameled cast iron dutch oven with baking soda. It will get rid of any stains and stuck on food without ruining your enameled pot. | platingsandpairings.com

 

17 comments

  1. Lindsay Ingalls

    Such great tips! My enameled cast iron dutch oven just chipped 🙁 I’ll have to keep these tips in mind for when I invest in a new one!

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  2. Bill Volckening

    That’s amazing. My Palm Green Le Creuset Dutch Oven is in for a cleaning soon!

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  3. Maxene

    Great post! I can’t wait to get home and clean my enameled cast iron dutch oven, it needs it badly!

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  4. Barbara South

    i HAD ENAMALED PANS THAT AFTER A WHILE actually POPPED OFF the enamel coating…I had burned stuff in them of course.. LOL had to throw away a couple of them. Never wanted that kind anympre. i9 use Stainless Steel or Bare cast iron now.

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  5. Brianne Limani

    Great tips! Those before and after photos are super impressive!

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    1. Erin

      Right?! It really does make such a difference!

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  6. Michele

    Wow, what a difference after you cleaned it! Thanks for sharing such an effective cleaning tip.

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  7. Create/Enjoy

    OH. MY. GOSH. I am floored!! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to look up how to clean them! This worked so well! And I love Mrs. Meyer’s scents!

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    1. Erin

      I’m with you Suzannah – I really love all the Mrs. Meyer’s scents… I buy a different variety every time I’m out. It’s hard to pick a favorite!

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  8. Caroline

    Awesome. I am going to give it a try on mine. Thanks for the great tip.

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  9. Sanibean

    Gees, I just soak mine in dish detergent for a while, then wash with a dish cloth and if stains remain I put water in to cover stain and then add bleach. Let soak for a while and the stains are gone. Then I rinse well. They always look like new.

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  10. Roger

    Okay, That worked great on my dutch oven. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Erin

      So glad to hear that Roger!

      Reply

  11. Fred Wells

    When we lived in Holland my mum used to simmer rhubarb in her dutch oven to clean it. Seemed to work a treat – I think it has to do with the acid in the plant. I have now inherited her dutch oven and it is still going strong.

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    1. Erin

      That is so cool and interesting Fred – I will have to try that sometime!

      Reply

  12. Julie

    Tried this on my Teflon fry pan…. worked great…. thanks

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    1. Erin

      So happy the tips helped you Julie!

      Reply

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