Cleaning a Potjie Pot: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you own a potjie, it’s important to keep it clean and well-maintained. Here are five steps to make the cleaning process easier and more efficient.

  1. Remove Lid and Utensils: Before starting, remove the lid from the potjie and any utensils inside to make cleaning easier.
  2. Soak Potjie in Hot Water: Fill the potjie with hot water and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to loosen dirt and grime.
  3. Scrub Potjie with a Brush: After soaking, use a brush (like an old toothbrush or potjie brush) to scrub off remaining dirt and grime. Be sure to scrub all areas of the potjie.
  4. Rinse Potjie with Hot Water: Once finished scrubbing, rinse the potjie with hot water to remove soap or cleaning solution.
  5. Dry Potjie Completely: Let the potjie dry completely before putting it away. Use a towel or leave it out in the sun to speed up the drying process.

Tips for Keeping Your Potjie Clean

To keep your potjie clean and well-maintained, always clean it after each use, use a potjie-specific cleaning solution, avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, and store it in a dry place.


  1. How often should I clean my potjie? Clean your potjie after each use.
  2. Can I use dish soap to clean my potjie? While dish soap can be used, it’s best to use a potjie-specific cleaning solution.
  3. How do I remove stubborn stains from my potjie? Use baking soda and water or vinegar and water as a cleaning solution, let the solution sit for a few minutes before scrubbing off the stain with a brush.

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