The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron Pans

Find out how to wash your cast iron pan the right way.

The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron Pans

You treat your cast iron pan with love and care, but do you know if you’re really washing it the right way? Whether you swear by soap or shun it and use salt, read on to learn what you should and shouldn’t do when cleaning your cast iron pan.

DO: Wash Your Cast Iron Pan With Soap

Despite what you’ve heard, you do need to wash your cast iron pan with soap and warm water. Dish soap will not wash away the seasoning and just rinsing the pan after cooking in it leaves unwanted bacteria. Plus, grease can turn rancid in the pores of the pan.

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