Can Crock Pot Insert Go in a Dishwasher? Ultimate Guide!

The answer to this question is both Yes and No. First, you can’t put the whole crockpot in the dishwasher. But you can put the non-electrical parts such as the lids, removable bowls, and other accessories in a dishwasher.

Below I’ll be discussing why you can’t, the risk factors, and other related things. So, keep reading the topic – can a crock pot insert go in a dishwasher?

Is It Safe To Put A Crockpot In A Dishwasher?

No, it’s not safe to put your crockpot in a dishwasher. Because a crockpot contains many electrical elements in it. So the dishwasher can damage the Crockpot if you put it inside that. But some parts can be cleaned by dishwasher but you have to put them separately in the dishwasher

Which Parts Of a Crockpot Can Go In a Dishwasher?

Some parts are not electrical or don’t get damaged in water. You can easily separate them from the crockpot and put them in the dishwasher.

You can separate the following parts from the crockpot and put them in a dishwasher. These parts are safe in the water and you can easily separate them from the cooker.


The covers of your dishwasher can go in a dishwasher without any problem. You can wash them any way you want. The lid isn’t electrical that’s why it doesn’t get damaged in water.

But stay cautious when you are putting it in the dishwasher. If the lid is too hot, let it cool down for a certain time and then put it into the dishwasher. If you put it in the dishwasher while it is still hot it could break due to the rapid temperature changing.


Some crock pots have some extra accessories that are safe from the dishwasher. They are usually non-electrical products and they are made of steel or plastics. Washing in the water would not cause any damage to them so you can easily put them into a dishwasher.

It is best to use your hand to wash those extra accessories with a soft and wet cloth. Because some of them could be so soft and the thermometer requires extra care while washing. Putting them in a dishwasher may damage them.

Removable bowls or stoneware pots

Crockpots usually come with removable bowls or stoneware pots. These bowls are machine proof that’s why you can put them in a dishwasher without any hesitation.

Usually, the bowls or stoneware pots are made of aluminum or stainless steel. These materials usually don’t get damaged by using a dishwasher. But it’s wise to check the user manual before putting any parts of the crock pot into the dishwasher.

Besides, you may read how to clean pre-cleaned chitterlings.

How to Clean the Parts That Can’t Go in the Dishwasher?

Any electrical components will get damaged by putting them into a dishwasher. You have to clean them with a soft cloth and soapy water.

Put extra effort while cleaning the electrical components. Be careful, don’t let the water touch the electrical parts. If the water gets unto the electrical parts it will damage the component or even can damage the whole cooker.

What to do before you clean your Crockpot?

  • Please turn off the cooker and unplug it from the outlet.
  • Let the cooker cool down.
  • Use a soft cleaning pad to clean the cooker. The abrasive one will damage the cooker.
  • Use non-abrasive cleaners like vinegar to clean the dirt or stain on the cooker.
  • Clean the Stoneware when it cools down. Use hot water to clean it when it’s still hot.
  • When you are cleaning the outside of the heating base, use a soft cloth and soapy water.

Cleaning Pads

Choosing the right cleaning pad or sponge to clean your crockpot safely is very important. If you use abrasive cleaning pads like steel wool or scrubber sponges, the crockpot will get damaged. It is best to use the softer sponges to clean your crock pot so the cooker doesn’t get any damage.

How to Clean Sticky Foods from Crockpots Without a Dishwasher?

There will be some stains that you wouldn’t be able to clean with your hand or dishwasher. You may think that an abrasive sponge will do the work but it will add more damage to the cooker. I will show some ways that would do the job without creating any damage.

Soak the inner pot for many hours

Soaking the dirty pot in water for some hours is the easiest way to rid of the stains. It is best to leave the pot for soaking overnight. When you get the pot out of the water, the tough stains will get softer and it will be easy to clean them.

Fill the crockpot using clean water and leave it to cook for hours

If the soaking method doesn’t work then you can try this one. Fill some water in the cooker and let it boil for some hours. The hot water will soften the stains and you will be able to clean them easily.

This section might make you think about whether you can boil water in a crockpot or not. Obviously, you can. To learn more check the link.

Apply baking soda and vinegar

Most people use baking soda or vinegar to get rid of those tough stains. You have to apply a little amount of baking soda or vinegar to the spot you want to clean and it will remove the tough stains from the place very easily.

Which One is Better: Cleaning by Hand Or Using the Dishwasher?

Your Crockpot can be dishwasher safe but you may not be sure that you want to use the dishwasher or clean it with your hand. It is always best to clean a crockpot with your hand but you can clean some parts in the dishwasher without any hesitation.

The parts that are not electrical can be washed in a dishwasher but if the parts are too soft or sensitive then it is best to clean them with your hand. You can not put the electrical components in the dishwasher. You have to use a soft cloth and soapy water to wipe all the dirt from the electrical components.

But be careful, don’t let the water touch the electrical parts. If the water goes into the electrical parts then they will be damaged or even can damage the whole cooker. Don’t be harsh with the cleaning. Clean each part with extra care. Read the user manual before you clean your cooker.

Besides, What happens if water gets into the electrics? Check this article:


Hopefully, you got answers to the questions – can the crock pot insert go in a dishwasher?

Now you also know how to clean each part. But always check the manual before you put your cooker in the dishwasher or clean it any other way. Anyway, good luck with your cleaning.

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Helen Knight

Hey, This is Helen Knight! Welcome to Solve Kitchen Issue! I'm passionate about cooking and making simple, delicious recipes that you can always feel confident feeding to friends and family. My goals for you are to have fun in the kitchen, learn new things, and create beautiful dishes. I have a lot of experience using kitchen appliances, so making great food is my passion and my favorite thing to share with others. I look forward to cooking with you!

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