How can I clean old, caked on grease off an old iron skillet?

Ann Scott
by Ann Scott
  6 answers
  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 08, 2017

    Go to and search > cleaning cast iron.... they will give you several methods of cleaning your old cast iron... and will give you the how to.. on how to re-season it too (you WILL need to do this, before cooking in it again)

    I used the self-cleaning oven method (the oven needed cleaning any way)

    And I did the re-seasoning on my cast iron pots/pans 4 times and used Crisco shortening (45 min at 375 degrees) I found that any of the oils I used left the surface of the pans with a sticky feel.

    Once your pans are clean and seasoned, there are a couple of tips for living with cast iron.

    1. Never store food in your cast iron... the moisture makes it rust.

    2. Never soak your cast iron by leaving it sit in the sink..... rust again

    3. Avoid using soap when you wash cast iron, as it can remove the seasoning

    A stiff dish brush and very hot tap water will clean the cast iron quite well

    4. Dry your cast iron with a towel and sit it in a warm oven or on the stove top,

    with the burner on low, for a few minutes to dry the pan completely.

    5. Give your cast iron pans a very light coat of Crisco (about 1/2 tsp) inside and

    outside using a scrap of paper towel.... then wipe off most of that with another

    paper towel, before you store your pans... your pan is ready for you to cook

    in the next time.

    6. If you stack your cast iron to store it.... put something between the pans... a

    large paper towel will do.

    Some of my cast iron, belonged to my Grandmother... and I am still using it today.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 08, 2017

    Scrub with copper scrubber. This is what is recommended by the manufacture of one of the brands. You can also use table salt.

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    • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 08, 2017

      Grocery stores, Wal-Mart. They are with the dishwashing stuff. Small scrubbier, the size of steel wool pad. Package of 2 is a few dollars of less.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 08, 2017

    We used to take sand and scrub them real well. Then rinse thoroughly and wash with warm soap and water. You will need to season it again by wiping grease or lard on the inside with a paper towel all over the inside. Then put it in a 250 F degree oven for about an hour. Once it is clean and seasoned, just wipe it out after use. Do not wash it.

  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 08, 2017

    burn it in a fire for a little while, should come off. then clean well and reseason skillet.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 08, 2017