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Enamel Cookware How To Clean

Maria Garcia
• Monday, 17 January, 2022
• 9 min read

We may earn a fee if you buy via links in this post (at no extra cost to you). If you’re wondering how to remove the stains and discoloration from your Le Crest Dutch oven, skillet, or any other enameled cookware, you’ve come to the right place.

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In this guide, you’ll learn the eight most effective ways to clean enameled cookware. I explain what supplies you’ll need, the steps to take, and tips to consider along the way.

I also share several simple techniques you can use to prevent stains and discoloration from happening in the first place. In most cases, water, dish soap, and some elbow grease is the best way to clean enameled cookware.

I recommend starting with this method because it involves ingredients you already have in the house and only takes a few minutes. Fill the cookware with warm water and a teaspoon of dish soap.

Make sure to use a gentle sponge or scrubber, as metal or tough ones can scratch the enamel. If stains persist, fill the cookware up with water and bring it to a simmer.

With the simmering method, you can switch out the dish soap for baking soda. Nylon scouring pads work really well if you don’t want to use a sponge.

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Moisture in the pan can cause rusting, especially if there are any cracks or chips in the enamel coating. For an all-natural method, a simple combination of water and baking soda can work wonders on your discolored enameled cookware.

When the water starts to boil, add the two tablespoons of baking soda. If not, I recommend using a strainer to dispose of the burnt bits in the trash.

Go one step further and create a baking soda paste, which will be a bit more abrasive but still gentle enough for your pots and pans. Mix baking soda and water in a small bowl until you form a paste.

Using a cloth, scrub the paste against the cooking surface to lift the stains. Add some salt to the paste to help with super stubborn stains.

It adds more abrasion for even more stain lifting power. When cleaning enameled cookware, lemon juice and salt is a dream combination, especially if you want something completely natural.

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In a bowl, mix the salt and lemon juice to create a paste. Wearing rubber gloves, spoon the paste onto the stained areas.

Use a cloth to gently scrub the paste into the stains until they lift and dissolve. If the stains don’t lift, evenly spread out the paste and let the mixture sit for about an hour.

Add some more lemon juice and scrub gently with the cloth. I recommend rubber gloves because the lemon juice can irritate your hands.

For tougher stains, you can boil some water with the lemon and salt paste. If that doesn’t work, add a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to the boiling water mixture.

Dryer sheets are great to have around the house for several reasons, including softening clothes, capturing lint, and even cleaning enameled cookware. Because the ingredients, specifically the conditioners, in the dryer sheets soften and cut through grease, making it easier to remove.

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Pour some hot water to create a thin layer over the cooking surface. Using your soft brush, gently mix the hot water and dish soap.

Dryer sheets contain harsh chemicals, so you don’t want to consume them. Rinse a few times to ensure your cookware is completely clean.

Soak your cloth in warm water and rub it over the stains and discolored areas. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific product you choose.

If you’re going to let it soak on the cookware for 10 minutes, test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage or stain the enamel. If you have a Le Crest enameled pot or pan, they recommend using either their branded cleaner or Bar Keepers Friend for tough stains and marks.

Water and a biological laundry detergent take the hard work out of cleaning enameled cookware. Biological laundry detergent contains enzymes specifically engineered to clean tough stains in clothes, but it’s also safe and effective on enameled cookware.

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Scrub the cookware out with a sponge and watch the discoloration and stains disappear. Using water and bleach is effective at removing stains and discoloration from enameled cookware.

Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or cloth to wipe the cookware. Preventing stains and discoloration is often easier than removing these blemishes.

Here, I share top tips for generally maintaining your enameled cookware. Don’t leave dirty cookware for hours or stains can settle.

Always allow the cookware to cool first, and once it has, wash it well with water and mild dish soap. Don’t use metallic scrubbing brushes; they will scratch or damage the cooking surface.

Place a pot protector or dish towel over the surface during storage. Also, avoid steel wool, rough scrubbers, and abrasive sponges.

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Some brands claim it’s safe, but to preserve your cookware, always wash it by hand. The simplest way to deal with stained and discolored enameled cookware is to avoid it happening in the first place.

By practicing the proper maintenance and cooking techniques, you can prevent or minimize stains and discoloration. In most cases, dish soap, warm water, and some honest effort will restore enamel cookware to its original condition.

Once cool, wash the pan with warm water and dish soap, using a scrubber sponge. To remove any stuck-on food, grab a silicone pan scraper, which won’t harm the enamel.

You can also soak the pan in warm soapy water before scrubbing if you have a huge mess. To remove stubborn stains: In a small bowl, mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste.

Enamel pots and pans are actually made of metal, but what makes them special is the porcelain coating they are covered with. In fact, high-quality enamel pots or pans often become heirloom pieces, which is exactly why it can be devastating when you notice stains or discoloration that seem impossible to get off.

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Discoloration on enamel is actually quite normal, especially when you have been using the cookware for many years, and it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your pot or pan. Just like with any kind of cookware, regular maintenance will require some scrubbing, and tough stains sometimes take some serious elbow grease.

If you need to scrape burnt residue of the pan, wooden spoons work best, as wood will not damage the enamel either. There are two ways you can use baking soda to clean an enamel pot or pan, and sometimes it’s necessary to combine both methods.

If the stains don’t come off easily after this, the next thing to do is make a thick paste from water and baking soda and apply it across the cooking surface. This method is the most common technique for cleaning discolored enamel, and coincidentally it is the cheapest and the simplest one.

This kind of product can help with cleaning enamel cookware, but you need to pay attention to which one you choose and find one that is suitable for enamel. It’s best to avoid overly aggressive scouring powders and those that are highly acidic as this can impact the color of the enamel.

Once you are done, wash the pot or pan carefully with warm water and mild dish soap to avoid any residue from the cleaning product remaining on the cooking surface. Fill the pot or pan with water, wait until it boils, and then add a tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent.

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Let the mixture boil in the pot or pan for a couple of minutes, and allow it to slowly cool down afterward. Another method for cleaning enamel cookware that uses common household ingredients is the lemon juice and salt trick.

Even with the best enamel pots and pans (or Dutch ovens, for that matter), some stains and discoloration may appear over the years. To keep your cookware in the best condition, it is important to wash it immediately after every use with mild dish soap and warm water.

This will prevent stains and residue from sticking in most cases, so you won’t need to scrub and scrape too much, thus keeping the surface smooth. The base of enamel cookware can be made of various metals, including cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum, so the way they heat up will highly depend on the material the pot or pan is constructed of.

Using high heat to preheat enamel cookware and then lowering the temperature for cooking is also not a good idea as it can cause cracks in the enamel. Don’t fill a hot pan with cold water or the other way around to avoid damage.

Whether your pan is Le Crust, Stab, or some other brand, it will eventually start to stain, and if you happen to burn something on the bottom and have trouble getting it off, this tip will get it looking bright and new again. Place the pot on the stove and put a 1/2 inch of hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup of baking soda in the bottom.

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The second step to cleanenamelcookware is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power. Just empty the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture out of the pan and rinse with water.

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