Asked on Dec 27, 2018

How do I clean rust from a cast iron dutch oven?

AliceDebi53Melody Callegan


4 answers
  • Melody Callegan
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Rub cooking oil all over it. Cover in a plastic bag. Let it sit for 24 hours. Take a Brillo pad and scrub it. The rust should come off. Wash with dish detergent and dry off. Then put on stovetop burner turn it on high to dry it out. It takes just a few minutes. Let cool and store in a dry space.

  • Debi53
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Melody is telling you correctly. The only thing I do differently is dry the pan and then turn it upside down in my oven to let it finish drying out before I store it.

  • Debi53
    on Dec 27, 2018

    I do after the initial cleaning. I use paper towels to wipe off all the excess. After that, I just wash and dry and put in the oven. I don't reapply oil each time before storing.

  • Alice
    on Dec 28, 2018


    1. Remove all the rust: Use fine steel wool to remove rust from affected areas.
    2. Wash the skillet thoroughly: Wash the cast iron with warm water and mild dish soap.
    3. Dry the skillet: Thoroughly dry the cast iron immediately with a clean dish towel or paper towels.

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