A Simple and Thrifty Non-Toxic Scrubbing Cleaner Recipe

Hi everyone!

You know the metal part of the crockpot that holds the ceramic pot? Do you ever have “ooze over”? That is what recently happened  and I didn’t know it until I went to clean the pot. Looked inside and saw a nasty baked on gummy mess! (can you believe I am showing you this gross crockpot?)

So, I took a pot of chili to a get together. As you can see there was lots of spillage and rundown. And then the crockpot was plugged back in and all that gunk baked for hours!


When I got home
I tried cleaning with Dawn dish soap. A little scrubbed off but not much. Time to bring out a little Jr. High science volcano action! Yup, Vinegar and baking soda paste!


Now, if you have never tried mixing these two ingredients together, then know that as soon as the vinegar hits the baking soda, it starts foaming up immediately! So, use a deep enough bowl to mix your cleaner. I just wanted a paste so, into the bowl went about 1/2 cup of baking soda and then I very slowly poured some vinegar in. Even if you don’t have anything to clean, this is just a fun thing to do when you are bored…er…I mean to show the kids.


Now slather all over your spilled gunky area and let it just sit there for at least an hour.
Okay, on to the big HONESTY moment. Did it work?


Yes it did (I still have some crevices to get to).  I liked that there was nothing toxic or a chemical smell to this cleaner. And it was very thrifty!

This cleaner has been a major “go-to” cleaner for me for years. It’s great for scrubbing grout, toilet, tub and tiles, around the faucets and numerous other places. It works great on stainless steel sinks as well. Basically anywhere you would use Ajax/Comet.  I keep a box of baking soda , jug of white vinegar and a old plastic bowl under my vanity in the bathroom. What is nice about this paste is you don’t have to keep trying to clean off the soapiness that the other cleaners leave.


  1. Well as old as I am I learned something today
    Thanks for the tip, guess I better clean my crock pot bottom this weekend

  2. Hi Diann...Great job on the crock pot. I've come to love using baking soda, too, and bought a LARGE BAG of it! It's great for getting burned on stuff in frying pans, too. Hope all is well your way. Susan

  3. Thanks for the tip. I recently read on FB that a good floor cleaner is 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and two gallons of tap water. I have to try that!

  4. Thank you for this super cleaning idea!!! Pinned!!!


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