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While some say it’s okay to put it in a dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Extreme temperatures and harsh detergents may strip the seasoning and damage clay cookware.

Allow the clay pot to cool completely after it has been taken from the oven and soak it for a few minutes in warm water to loosen any bits of food. To remove food items, use hot water without detergent and a gentle abrasive pad. To neutralize strong odors fill the pot with warm water and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let the cookware soak for at least 15 minutes.

For general and deep cleaning, allow the earthen pot to soak overnight in the sink in water mixed with baking soda. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda per liter of hot water. Wash it using a soft bristle brush or nonmetallic scrubbing pad. Do not use abrasive scouring powders because they will clog the pores and make the pot useless. Salt can be used as a non-toxic alternative to chemical cleaners. Sprinkle salt into the pot and scour it using a scouring pad. Rinse the pot with warm water and allow it to dry on.

If any mold forms during storage periods sprinkle baking soda inside the pot, then rinse with warm water using a brush to remove the mold.

If clay pores become clogged, the pot should be cooked in boiling water for about 30 minutes.

Never use soap or detergent because the porous clay will absorb the soap. The detergent may leave an unpleasant soapy taste and this flavor will leach back into your next clay pot meal.