7. Properly Clean Your Skillet

Clean Your Skillet

Clean your cast iron skillet properly to give it a long life. Avoid soaking your skillet or allowing it to remain wet. Sometimes food residue may accumulate on the surface of your pan. If so, Lodge Cast Iron recommends scrubbing by hand with water and a nylon bristle brush. If necessary, you can use a polycarbonate pan scraper to scrape away baked-on food particles. Rinse the pan and dry with a lint-free cloth or towel. To help maintain the seasoning, you can rub a small amount of oil into the pan while it is still warm from washing.

6. Avoid Soap Except in Certain Situations

Avoid Shop

It is not necessary to clean your cast iron pans with soap. However, you do not need to fear that using soap will cause damage to your skillets or pans. If you find you need a little mild soap to help clean an especially cruddy pan, feel free to use some. Rinse away any soap residue. Once the pan is clean and dry, rub in additional oil to build up the layer of seasoning. Never wash your cast iron pots and pans in the harsh conditions of your dishwasher.

5. Refrain from Using Harsh or Abrasive Chemicals

Harsh Skillet

For the most part, you should be able to keep your cast iron pans beautiful, clean, and functional using water, a nylon brush, a lint-free towel, oil, and paper towels. Stay away from abrasive chemical cleaners that can damage the surface of your skillet. A little baking soda can be useful for scrubbing and deodorizing the surfaces of your cookware. You can also try scrubbing your pans with a sprinkling of kosher salt. For mildly abrasive cleaning power, try using the cut side of a potato and a sprinkling of salt to clean your pan.

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