How to Clean Cast Iron

Cast iron is a centuries-old material that is prized by professionals and home cooks for its ability to evenly conduct and retain heat.

This capacity allows food to cook at a lower temperature and leaves food with a moist interior and wonderfully thick crusts.

From a variety of cookware styles to outdoor grills, cast iron is versatile and can be used with gas, electric and ceramic stoves, ovens, and fireplaces.

Most of the cast iron skillets on sale today come pre-seasoned so the food doesn't stick.

But even with proper cleaning and care, there will come a time when cookware will need to be dried again.

Learn how to clean and care for cast iron, rejuvenate rusted areas, and recondition pans for years of use with just a few simple products.

What are you going to need?

Equipment tools:

  • Non-abrasive sponge or dishcloth
  • Non-abrasive plastic scraper
  • Dishtowel
  • Nylon scrub brush with stiff bristles


  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Paper towels
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Lemon juice
  • Plastic wrap or plastic bag


How to clean cast iron cookware after baking

If your pan is warm, cleaning is very quick and easy. Waffle iron racks, cast iron racks, and decorative pieces can be cleaned by following the steps below.

#1: Let the cast iron cool

Allow cast iron skillet or rack to cool slightly before cleaning.

#2: Clean while still warm

While the cast iron is still hot, use a dry paper towel to wipe any food residue or excess oil from the cooktop.

#3: Safely remove trapped food and fat

Since cast iron can rust, it should not be immersed in a sink of water to remove stuck food. Use a non-abrasive plastic scraper to clean up food residue.

Do not use steel wool or metal scraper which can damage the hardened surface.

If the pan feels sticky or oily, use a few drops of detergent on a sponge or non-abrasive dish towel to clean the pan after removing any bits of food.

#4: Rinse well

Wash the inside and outside of the pan or both sides of the grill in hot water to remove any soapy residue.

#5: Dry immediately

Dry cast iron parts immediately with paper towels or a soft kitchen towel. Never allow cast iron to air dry.

To ensure the cast iron is completely dry before storing, place the skillet on a cooktop heating element set to medium-low or in an oven heated to 250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for five to 10 minutes.

Turn off heat and allow cast iron to cool completely before storing.

#6: Think lightly if you have to

If you find that the pan needs to be re-seasoned, especially after washing it with liquid detergent, you should do so before heating the griddle to dry.

Add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil to the inside of the pan and use a paper towel to distribute it evenly over the surface. Rub the oil over the surface until it is absorbed.

Heat greased cast iron on the stove or in the oven for five to 10 minutes and allow it to cool before storing.

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