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How to remove food stains from the inside of enamel cast iron dutch oven?

Started 1389377054.823 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1389793895.243 by Desertdi

Mine still cooks fine but does not look very pretty. Any tips or suggestions? TIA!

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Karlakaye1389377421.047935 PostsRegistered 7/6/2009The beautiful Chesapeake Bay

When mine begins to look a little yellowed/dingy I pour in a mixture of Clorox beach and water (about 1/2 and 1/2), a few inches high, and let it soak for a few hours, overnight, or till I remember it (which has been up to a week). My favorite red pot enamel dutch oven sits on my stove all the time! It looks just like new after the soaking.

HTH

KK

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boby1389377446.873099 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

1)Thoroughly clean and dry

2) Rub shortening (I kid you not) into any chips or cracks

3) Fill a sink with warm water and add 1/2 cup Clorox or chlorine bleach. Soak overnight, and thoroughly clean and dry in the morning.

geranium1389377847.027705 PostsRegistered 6/8/2006

My normal "tried & true" remedy was to rub bon ami over the spot; BUT, my daughter cooked collards several times; and when I got there, I thought, No PRoblem, but there was a problem, it did not work. Now, when I go back up to see her I will use the bleach.

Thanks, everyone for the solution.

geranium

chickenbutt1389378353.92324678 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Have you tried Mr Clean Magic Erasers?

I use Le Creuset enameled cast iron and they stay pretty pristine over the years. But now and then I have seen a little bit of something in the inside bottom and the Magic Eraser removed it very easily.

Those things will remove stuff that you cannot remove with anything else. They truly ARE magic! :)

I would also add - don't use anything harsh like ammonia or bleach and don't scrape on them with anything like metal.

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DiAnne1389383667.7875872 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

I have a white Le Creuset and it has gotten discolored. I am going to try some of these ideas. Thanks!

VaBelle351389384966.559712 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

I use the LC cleaner for the outside/color part and Barkeepers Friend on the inside.

My is a little discolored inside but I think it's mroe scorched than stained. It's not something that will scrub off.

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VaBelle351389385077.7639712 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

I am a big fan of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I haven't bought any since I got the Don Aslett sponges.

I have a Scrubbie that I got for Christmas that I will try and also buy a Magic Eraser next time I'm out.

Good tip!

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chickenbutt1389385476.27724678 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown
On 1/10/2014 VaBelle35 said:

I am a big fan of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I haven't bought any since I got the Don Aslett sponges.

I have a Scrubbie that I got for Christmas that I will try and also buy a Magic Eraser next time I'm out.

Good tip!

Those Magic Erasers are so amazing, I can't even describe. They are good for so many things that nothing else will clean.

I have older tile counters in my kitchen. You know how if you move a pot on the tile or open a can so the can is moving on the tile, and then there are all these black marks on the tile? You can scrub until you are blue in the face and that stuff doesn't come off. But with a Magic Eraser, just get it wet, wring it out, and *VOILA* wipe off the marks just that easily.

They are also great for walls and showers. I've had marks on items like dishes and such that wouldn't wash off, yet the ME takes it right off. I use these plastic insulated big mugts for my tea. One of mine is a light, granite (kind of white with speckles) color. Recently I noticed that my tea was staining the inside and it didn't wash out. You better believe the ME took it out with no effort.

Somebody else mentioned Barkeepers Friend. That is also a good product. My problem with it is the smell bothers me. But then, I'm very smell-sensitive and have asthma. I always have some on hand, though, as it's a good thing to have. It should also work with the enamel.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

LilyBell21389385878.177665 PostsRegistered 1/5/2011
On 1/10/2014 VaBelle35 said:

I use the LC cleaner for the outside/color part and Barkeepers Friend on the inside.

That's my choice too. Smile

I have used Bar Keepers Friend on the inside of my Le Creuset pots and French ovens for years. Their interiors are unstained and spotless.

peachesncr­eam1389386061.112073 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005

I use Cameo cleanser on my Staub pot when the white interior gets stained. Barkeepers Friend is a similar product.

Cameo was made to use on stainless steel (which it is great at cleaning!) but it's also safe and effective to use on other surfaces. I also use it to get silverware marks off of my dishes. It's non-abrasive cleanser.

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mallemo1389398206.24710075 PostsRegistered 7/1/2007Minnesota

Thanks to all for the ideas. I think mine is deeply stained. It's nothing you can actually "feel" so it may be permanent but I will give these ideas a try. Has anyone tried a Scrub Daddy?

olewoman1389400960.5432120 PostsRegistered 10/19/2008only my friends
I use bleach on everything.

sonnysky1389401744.703266 PostsRegistered 9/30/2013

I bleach over night but find the stain come back.

OHAR1389493420.0871414 PostsRegistered 11/10/2007

Polident or any other denture cleaning tablet dissolved in vinegar works very well. Also try making a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub that into the pot. Bon Ami and Magic Eraser will work too.

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renchal1389789800.9927 PostsRegistered 8/13/2013

You must apply essential oil like eucalyptus to remove this stain. You can also try using lemon and baking soda. Essential oils act as a cleaning product. You can, not only use it for kitchen cleaning but can be use it everywhere. Using essential oil is the best way where you can clean all the products safely.

Desertdi1389793895.24316200 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun
On 1/10/2014 sonnysky said:

I bleach over night but find the stain come back.

I also use diluted bleach in my corningware coffee pot

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