What’s the best way to clean cast iron pans? #CrucibleCookwareCastIronCleaner

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If you have cast iron cookware in your kitchen, you need to know about this gadget. Forget soaking your dirty pans for days, mindlessly scrubbing with abrasive steel wool, or never using that beautiful cast iron pan because you don’t know how to clean it. Cooking and cleaning cast iron is simple…as long as you have a stainless steel chainmail scrubber!

Here’s a few tips to keep your cast iron pans clean, rust-free, and well-seasoned.

DON’T use soap.
This will totally destroy any seasoning efforts you’ve made.

DON’T use steel wool.
Those tiny metal pieces break apart, can scratch the surface and stick everywhere. You certainly don’t want any little hidden pieces in your next meal.

DON’T put it in the dishwasher.

DO get yourself this chainmail scrubber directly from Amazon (with free shipping for Prime members). This is all you’ll need to get your cast iron the way you want it after every meal you cook in it without stripping away seasoning. This 7″ x 7″ square of stainless steel handcrafted rings rubs away any leftovers or rust spots on cast iron, stainless steel, glassware, Pyrex, and other cookware without causing any damage.

DO be sure to clean your cast iron immediately after use while it’s still warm.

Do run it under warm water while you are scrubbing.

DO keep your new cast iron cleaner easily accessible with the convenient suction cup hook that comes along with it!


I love using my cast iron pans. My most recent favorite recipe is S’mores Dip! Graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows piled into the cast iron pan make for an amazing dessert…and a really messy pan. It’s not a big deal to clean any more with this cast iron scrubber!

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15 Responses

  1. I’ve Never owned a cast iron pot abut now i want one. Plu sI can clean it correctly now.

  2. I definitely need one of these. I have cast iron skillets that I never use since I had no idea how to clean them properly.

  3. Wow, good to know. I have ruined more pots by cleaning them incorrectly.

  4. Bri says:

    I really need to invest in one of those because it takes me forever to clean my cast iron pots. And I didn’t know using soap was doing more harm than good.

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This is good to know. I always thought steel wool was safe to use.

  6. Pam says:

    Forwarding this to my son in law! He has a cast iron pan and he absolutely loves it.

  7. I want to love my cast iron but my pans rust! Have to try this.

  8. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    OMG, I need this. My cast iron pans are a hot mess and I never knew there was such an easy way to get them clean!!

  9. Laura Funk says:

    I definitely want one of these cast iron cleaners! How cool are these and great tips too!

  10. Kim Croisant says:

    I really really need this. We have about 6 cast-iron skillets. My husband started collecting them…why? I do’t know., however, a few are so old we can’t use them until they get cleaned up. Didn’t thnk about not using steel wool though – I’ll check it out.

  11. Milena says:

    I could totally use that scrubber. I always leave these pans to my husband to care for- great tips!

  12. Lorane says:

    This post could not have come at a better time when there will be loads of cooking for the Holidays. I usually use Steel Wool and I realize that I scrape away the surface of the pan and in no time it has no use to me. These are really helpful tips

  13. Carol Bryant says:

    As a terrible cook who burns everything I am reading this with a vested interest: I want to learn LOL – thanks for the tip on how to clean it up.

  14. Sojourner says:

    Oops. I’ve been doing it wrong. I definitely throw my pans in the dishwasher then coat them in olive oil.

  15. Tamara says:

    It’s so timely that you posted this because I was just talking about it with a friend who posted a skillet recipe yesterday! I had no idea there were special ways to clean them but I’m glad I know. We have great cast iron cookware.

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