I mentioned in an earlier post about veggie burgers, that I like to cook dried beans versus buying canned beans. Usually I cook them in a crock pot. Clean up is my biggest problem. Maybe I have a defective "crock" as I'm always left with dried on food. I tried scrubbing with a magic eraser, using different cleaners, etc. Nothing would completely get rid of the dried on food. That was until I discovered the power of two things - baking soda and vinegar. And I have to say it wasn't my "discovery". I read about it from somewhere else online. To be fair, I will post a link to my source as soon as I figure out precisely who the source is. You know how you google something, go to a page, read a little, then link from there to another page, and so on. I don't always recall where I find what. But on to the cleaning solution!
I'll include pics with instructions below but here's a summary.
You make a paste with baking soda and water. Cover the dried on food with the paste. Let it sit overnight. The next morning, pour white vinegar over the baking soda. (It will fizz which is kind of fun - especially if you have a kid who might want to watch and help.) Next wipe with a cloth or wash in soapy water. The dried food will come off effortlessly. :)