How To Get Your Slow Cooker To Clean Itself

source: YouTube/Life Should Cost Less

I use my slow cooker at least twice a week. Whether it’s for cooking a weeknight dinner while I’m at work or making a giant batch of overnight oats, it’s safe to say my slow cooker gets used a ton. And because it gets used so much, it needs some love! Slow cookers can accumulate a fair amount of food residue and grime over time, so it’s important to give them a deep clean every now and then. Fortunately, there’s a method for cleaning your slow cooker that requires zero elbow grease on your part!

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YouTuber Life Should Cost Less describes a simple method for getting your slow cooker to clean itself. Here’s what you have to do:

1. Fill The Slow Cooker

With the slow cooker off but still plugged in, fill it nearly to the top with water.

2. Add Vinegar

The slow cooker will be mostly filled with water, but you should have enough room to add one cup of distilled vinegar as well.

3. Add Baking Soda

Working in batches, pour in one cup of baking soda. You should do this slowly, as pouring in all of the baking soda at once can cause too much fizz and foam to form.

4. Turn On The Slow Cooker

Turn the slow cooker back on, and set the time anywhere from four to eight hours.

5. Let It Cool

When the time’s up, turn off the slow cooker and wait at least an hour for the water and the slow cooker to cool down.

6. Final Rinse

When the water and slow cooker have cooled down, dump out the water. You may have to do a very light wipe down, but the slow cooker should come clean just by rinsing with warm water.

Want to see this hack in action? Check out the video below!

Now that you know this simple yet effective hack for getting your slow cooker to clean itself, just set it and forget it! Don’t forget to give your slow cooker a good cleaning every now and then to keep it in good working order.