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Can't get my Le Creuset interior clean

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Can't get my Le Creuset interior clean

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krystinamarie | | Jan 18, 2014 08:33 AM

Hey there,
Hoping that one of you lovely people can help me out! I have a 7.25 quart enameled Le Creuset Dutch oven. I've been using it for almost 5 years, it's pretty much the first pot I ever purchased when my husband and I moved out on our own. It's the kiwi color, which is discontinued, and it goes so nice in our kitchen (I leave it out on the stove) that I'd hate to replace it.

I've attached an image of this white stain - no matter what I do, I can't get it out. It feels kind of scratchy when you touch it not smooth like the rest of the pan. I had burnt the bottom a few weeks ago, and used baking soda/water solution - my thinking was that it's baking soda, but wouldn't that come off with repeated washings? I also tried the whole boiling-vinegar thing (my sinuses didn't love it, and it didn't work). I also tried Magic Eraser, no dice. It also isn't as non-stick as it used to be, not just in that spot but in general. Could it be I damaged or eroded the enamel somehow? And, after all is said and done, is this pot still OK to use? I can deal with it not being a beauty queen, the food'll cover up the bottom, but I use it 2-3x/week, it's my favorite.

Would appreciate any and all thoughts- I'm driving my husband nuts obsessing on this pan but I love it and don't want to let it go! Thank you SO much!

 

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