How to Clean Cast Iron Skillets

Do you have questions about how to clean cast iron skillets yourself? Should you use soap? How do you properly season it? And does it go in the dishwasher? We've got answers to these questions and more on our discussion boards, projects, and video tutorials. Hometalk can help you keep your cast iron skillet in tip top shape.

Clean and Season a Skillet
Start with baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda into your skillet and add a small cup of water. Use a copper scouring pad to remove rust and grime.
Rinse and dry thoroughly
Once you’ve cleaned the skillet, dry with a paper towel. Make sure there are no wet patches at this stage.
Protect your skillet with oil
Protect your skillet by seasoning it with olive oil. Wipe a thin coat around the entire pan to prevent rust.
Infuse flavor into your skillet
When using oil, after letting the first layer of oil dry, add another. This ensures full coverage and will infuse more flavor into the skillet.
Storing a clean skillet
Hang your skillet from a rack if possible. By keeping the surface clear, you reduce the risk of wiping away the oily layer of protection.
Top Projects for Cleaning Cast Iron Skillets

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