How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware
We'll teach you how to clean Lodge cast iron in three simple steps.
3-Step Cast Iron Cleaning Method
Whether you have a seasoned cast iron skillet, a Dutch oven, a grill pan, or bakeware, each piece of our cast iron cookware follows the exact same steps for cleaning.
Cast Iron Cleaning FAQs
No! Soaking cast iron in water is a recipe for rust. If you need to remove sticky or stubborn stuck-on food, use a nylon scrubbing brush or a pan scraper and rinse under warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry your pan.
Note: If you do accidentally leave your pan in water for too long and it develops rust, don't panic! With a little extra care, you can remove the rust and continue using your cast iron cookware.
Contrary to popular belief, you can use a small amount of soap to clean cast iron cookware! Large amounts of soap can strip the seasoning off your pan, but you can easily re-season your pan as needed.
We only recommend using steel wool or a metal scrubber to remove rust before reseasoning.
No. Our cast iron cookware should be washed by hand. A dishwasher will remove the seasoning and likely cause rust. For dishwasher-safe cookware, check out our heat-treated serveware.
How to Clean and Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Pan
While maintaining the seasoning should keep your cast iron in good condition, accidents happen and your pan may develop rust. If it's just a few rusty spots, simply scour the rust, rinse, dry, and rub with a little vegetable oil. If the rust problem persists, follow our directions below to refurbish the finish of your cast iron cookware.
Seasoning & Cleaning