How to Keep a Cast Iron Skillet Clean

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Known for their nonstick qualities, heat retention and extreme durability, cast iron cooking pots and pans have been used for centuries. Although physically heavier and more old-fashioned than other cookware, cast iron skillets last for decades. Cast iron skillets do, nonetheless, accumulate food particles and gunk with each use. Adequate cleaning of cast iron is imperative to the skillet's heat distribution and long lifespan. You can keep a cast iron skillet clean using simple supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Table salt
  • Clean nylon brush
  • Mild liquid dishwashing soap
  • Paper towels
  • Rinse the skillet under hot water directly after use. Flush away any loose food particles and grime.

  • Sprinkle table salt generously onto any stubborn or burnt-on food debris. Salt serves as an abrasive without damaging cast iron. Scour the skillet vigorously with a clean nylon brush until the unyielding grime is fully dislodged.

  • Squirt two drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap into the skillet. Scrub with the nylon brush while holding the skillet under running water to remove any lingering food residue and gunk.

  • Rinse the skillet under flowing water to flush out the loosened debris.

  • Wipe the skillet with paper towels until dry. Store the skillet in a dry area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Scrub any rust off the skillet using steel wool.
  • Storing the pan while wet causes it to rust.

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