Clean rusted cast iron pot?

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 13, 2018

    Wd40 and steel wool.

  • Sarah Sarah on Sep 13, 2018


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 13, 2018

    Scrub with damp sponge & salt. If a little more stubborn, lemon & salt. If really bad, plain steel wool & salt.



    Cover on all sides with shortening, oil, or grease

    Preheat oven to 350

    Place a large pan to catch drips

    Place pot upside down in the oven for one hour

    Turn off oven

    Remove when completely cooled

  • Maura White Maura White on Sep 13, 2018

    Remove all the rust: Use fine steel wool to remove rust from affected areas. Scour the skillet until the area returns to raw cast iron. Wash the skillet thoroughly: Wash the cast iron with warm water and mild dish soap. Scrub with bristle brush, gentle scouring pad, or mesh sponge if needed.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 17, 2018

    Hi Sfb: Give this a go. And remember, these pots are really sturdy and unless you heave them out of a tall building or put them in cold water when they are hot, you can't hurt them. What I use is a paste made of cream of tartar (the dry stuff) and vinegar. Make a paste, rub it on the gunky stuff, let it sit for about 15 seconds and wipe off. If you have to scrub, and you probably won't, use a Brillo pad to remove the rust. You may have to put the paste on a couple of times if the gunk is really thick. After you get it clean, then put a thin layer of oil all over the pot, wipe it off and either throw it into a pile of burning wood or stick it in a hot oven for a couple of hours. Let it cool, wash it out with soap and water and give it another thin coat of oil, wipe it off good and put it away and use it often:) I've had mine over 60 years and this is how I clean them and they look like new.