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MikeL 02-21-2017 03:09 PM

Cleaning enamel
I found a Le Creuset #30 skillet at a flea market today that needs cleaning pretty bad. I was wondering if oven cleaner will hurt the enamel. I read about it somewhere but I don't remember what it said and I can't find it again. Thanks

Bonnie Scott 02-21-2017 03:27 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
Yes, lye will make the enamel hazy. I just soak them in really hot water and Dawn dish soap for as long as it takes to loosen the crud. The hotter the better, boiling water works best.

Mike F 02-21-2017 11:03 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
I have had success with the following: add about 1/2 inch of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to the pot/skillet with 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda (depending on size of the piece). Heat until a simmer is reached, let it simmer for about 10 minutes, then agitate with a scrub brush. I have also read that a drop or two of Dawn will help, but I'm not convinced.

Mike Green 02-22-2017 08:13 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
I seem to recall that there are oven cleaners out there that don't have lye in them. I also recall they don't work for !@#$, but a quick search leads to this:

In case it helps...

DaveC 02-22-2017 09:00 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
You might want to try one of the 'Magic Cleaning Erasers'. I bought a pack of generic ones and used it on a white enameled skillet I have and it did a better job of cleaning the bottom of the skillet than anything else I tried.

DonnaM 02-23-2017 02:53 AM

Re: Cleaning enamel
You can get a pack of them from Amazon much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. I use them on every pan as a sort of finishing-up step. Buying them through this site helps this site and doesn't add any cost to you.

MikeL 02-27-2017 08:49 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I ended up using very hot water, Dawn, and a lot of elbow grease. I still need to clean a little more on the bottom. Thank again for the help. Here are some before and after picks.

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Bonnie Scott 02-27-2017 08:53 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
Nice job, the enamel sure looks shiny. :icon_thumbsup:

Mike F 02-27-2017 11:17 PM

Re: Cleaning enamel
Wow, very nice.

DonnaM 02-28-2017 01:08 AM

Re: Cleaning enamel
Love that red!

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