Simple Household Cleaning Tips: Cast Iron Care & Maintenance

Cast iron skillets are a staple in many household kitchens, often passed down for generations.  They are great for cooking with, but need special care to maintain their quality.  Many issues people have with cast iron skillet is rusting.  While it may look damaged and unrepairable, it is quite easy to get rid of the rust.  Start by scrubbing the rusted areas with steel wool.  After getting some of it up, put a coating of oil on the surface of the pan, then put it in the oven around 450 degrees for 30-60 minutes.  After repeating as needed, your pan will be pitch black and ready to use again.

A cast iron skillet should never be placed in the dishwasher or left to soak in water.  Doing this will cause it to rust, and you will have to get rid of the rust.  The pan will also lose much of its seasoning.  To clean cast iron, you just need hot water and a little bit of dish soap.  Popular to contrary belief, a little bit of dish soap is not harmful to your seasoned pan as soaps are much softer now than they used to be.  After washing it, wipe it down and put it over low heat to dry it.  After the pan is dry, rub a paper towel dipped in oil all over the inside of the pan, and keep it over the low heat for a minute or two.  This will help keep the seasoning in the pan.  Store your cast iron skillet in a dry place.

Cats iron is common in many peoples kitchens, especially those who enjoy cooking.  These pans will last many years if they are properly taken care of.  Just like cleaning cast iron skillets, there are many household cleaning tips that can make parts of your home better than ever in just a few minutes.  There are many tricks and pro-tips that will help you get these done.  Check out our previous tips on how to clean stove grates, dish sponges, and even stainless steel!


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