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    Cleaning le Crueset

    Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:43 am Groupie
    Not sure if this is the right forum for asking but I'll ask here. Does anyone know an effective way of getting out stains that invariably start to show on le crueset? icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif I've looked through web but can't find any info.
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:51 am Groupie
    Hi Nona! wave.gif

    I have had really good luck with my Le Crueset Dutch oven by using (strange as it seems) this homemade recipe for Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner.

    It's the only thing I use anymore to clean up burnt-on baking dishes, pans, crock pot, etc. Then wash in the dishwasher or by hand with dish soap. I used to soak the dishes overnight in hot water with a fabric softener sheet, but this homemade recipe is cheaper and I can clean the dish immediately instead of letting it sit.
    I just make up a batch in a container with a tight fitting lid and keep dedicated sponges for dishes and sinks, as it removes all the stains and hard water buildup in the showers too.
    Maybe it'll work for the stains you're battling? If so, do pop back in and let us know. And take before and after pics too! icon_biggrin.gif

    Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:38 pm Groupie
    Thanks Tink, I'll give that a try and will let you know how it went.
    Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:46 pm Groupie
    I see I can purchase peppermint essential oil from Amazon, but I don't see it on Amazon for tea tree. Where is this normally sold?

    icon_lol.gif sorry, I was looking at a wrong area in Amazon. They have it there.
    Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:02 pm Groupie
    Oh good! Depending on your area, of course, but here I can buy tea tree (aka melaleucca), lemon, or a few other common ones, like peppermint, right from the grocery store health food aisle.
    We also have several shops around town that sell essential oils and medicinal herbs that I shop at.
    You can switch up the scents in these recipes too. Some don't go so well with tea tree, which can be strong, but I do it anyway. lol
    I like ylang ylang a lot in the homemade dishwasher powder, and sometimes make a batch of anti-bac scrub with it. icon_smile.gif

    I can't wait to see if it works for your situation. If not, you'll love this stuff anyway for a myriad of other cleaning needs. So it won't be a waste of time or money.
    Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:31 pm Groupie
    Rubbing the stains with a paste of baking soda, Bon Ami, or Barkeeper's Friend should remove most of them. Some people resort to steel wool, but I'd watch out for that. Le Creuset also makes their own, rather pricy, cleaner, but I haven't tried it.
    Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:57 pm Groupie
    Thanks Zeldez. Ok, I thought I would report back with my results. This solution works great for tea stains, coffee stains, hard water stains, but not for le creuset which is more cooked in discoloration. I think that's what it is discoloration and not surface stain. I plan on keeping a container full of this paste for cleaning cups, glasses, and any surface stains though - very nice.
    Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:01 pm Groupie
    Oh btw, I've used a solution of breach in the past after reading about it but that too does not work. It's baked in discoloration from continuous use.
    Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:35 pm Groupie
    Thanks for the update! I too just keep a container of the homemade anti-bac cleaner behind the kitchen sink. It cleans and shines my porcelain sink so nicely. Especially after a meal like pasta or enchiladas that leaves a ring of tomato sauce. icon_wink.gif
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