How to safely clean a stained Le Creuset enamel pot or pan



Got a nasty stain on the inside of your Le Creuset? Here is out you remove it, or at least lighten it up to a point you are comfortable with without using bleach or …

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  1. One thing this video is super useful for:
    A discussion party over what works and what doesn’t on our super expensive pots. Im gonna go and try the bleach because it is mostly stain on mine as well. Red cabbage. Im only wondering how long before I need to do it again if I use my pot for red cabbage we love so much:0) These pots are so fancy…need a lot of attention and not easy to handle their weight either. Im not sure if Im in love with mine. Lol

  2. About 1-2 tbsp of dishwasher powder (such as cascade), add hot water to above the stain line, fully dissolve the soap the let sit for several hours or overnight. I do this every once in a while to keep my pot nice and white and it works super well without any scrubbing.
    A heavily stained pot like in this video you may need to repeat once, but it should still work quite well.

  3. You have to stir the baking soda with the hydrogen peroxide before boiling. And use MUCH more baking soda too. The paler parts are where the baking soda was sitting. You need it that thick all over the base.

  4. After watching this video, I felt hopeless that I could recover a pan with deep staining. In desperation, I filled the 3-qt pan half with water, added 3 tbsp concentrated bleach, and set on low heat. After two hours I went to check on the progress, and was stunned to see the pan looked like new. I dumped the water out thinking I would be able to detect stains – but nothing. I was so relieved.

  5. I made some overnight steel cut oats in my well stained enameled pot. When I reheated the oats the next morning, I got distracted, walked away, and a lot of the oats stuck to the bottom of the pot – though they didn’t burn. After I emptied the pot, I set it aside for a few hours and the film of oatmeal that stuck to the bottom of the pot dried and hardened like glue. As I scraped out the hardened ‘oat glue’ with a credit card, I noticed that it lifted out most of those dark stains as if they were bound to each other. Perhaps the protein in the oats had something to do with it.

  6. Coat the bottom with baking soda and then pour white vinegar on it; leave it for a few minutes (let's say 10) and wash away… usually does the trick …. but still… how can a pan be allowed to get THAT ruined?

  7. I had a thick layer of burnt crud on the whole bottom of my Le Creuset pot and I took to the internet to see how to fix it. I found the boiling water/baking soda post and tried it. First sprinkled baking soda over the burnt crust. Then poured boiling water over it and stirred, then turned on the gas to rather low to keep it simmering for 15 minutes. Turned off the heat and let it sit till it cooled, then dumped it out. Some of the crust of burnt gunk actually came off but not much. I repeated the treatment 5 times, scraping with a wooden implement between times. It finally did all come off. Persistence is the solution.

  8. tried everything – best product for a really stained le Cresuet is OXYCLEAN mixed with HOT water, then boiled for a few minutes. Let sit for several hours until cool (COVERED). Works great (may have to repeat to remove further stains if badly stained). NO BLEACH

  9. Wasted video. My suggestion is don’t use old home remedies. They clearly don’t work. Also, don’t post failed attempt videos either. We want to see things that work, not that don’t work.

  10. Oh my! I cringed when I saw him using a harsh scrubber. I thought everyone knew never use anything harsh to clean your dutch oven because you will wear the enamel off. To avoid this, always preheat your oven (not real hot!) before adding, oil, butter, etc. Clean up is a breeze just using a dishcloth.

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