10 Products That Can Clean Your Cast Iron—Fast!
Your cast iron can last for over 100 years—if you treat it right. To help save your skillet, we've rounded up the products you should be using to clean cast iron.
If there’s one thing that Taste of Home editors agree on (besides the fact that this is the best bacon ever), it’s that the Scrub Mommy (3 for $15) is the best cast iron cleaning tool. Use the stiff side to scour off stuck-on gunk, then flip it over to the soft side to wipe it all clean. Find our entire cast iron cooking guide here.
Lodge Pan Scrapers
Clean every nook and cranny with one of these polycarbonate pan scrapers (2 for $10). Each of the four corners is designed to fit into a different spot—there’s a rounded corner for pans and a pointed one for griddles, for instance. It’s as handy as these must-have cast iron accessories.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Ringer ($24) looks more like a medieval knight’s armor than something you’d find in your kitchen. The stainless steel chain mail links provide the scrubbing power necessary to remove any leftover grease or grime from when you made one of the foods you always cook in cast iron.
Caron Doucet Cast Iron Soap
Soap on cast iron?! Gasp! But fear not—the popular warning is actually an urban myth. The oil that you use to season a skillet is so well-bonded to the pan that detergent won’t hurt it. Bonus: The Caron Doucet soap ($12), specially formulated to clean cast iron, is also 100% natural and free of parabens and synthetic foaming agents.
Full Circle Tenacious C Cast Iron Brush and Scraper
Ah, here’s a product you can feel good about. Because not only is this cast iron brush ($8) a pro at polishing your pans (thanks heavy-duty bristles and sturdy scraper!) but it’s also made with BPA-free recycled plastic. Here are more easy ways to go green in your kitchen.
Bambu Organic Bamboo Pot Scrapers
You know you aren’t supposed to soak your skillet (even though it’s one of the top mistakes people make when cooking with cast iron). But how are you supposed to get those dried pieces of last night’s one-pan pasta off the bottom? Easy—with one of these bamboo scrapers ($15). They won’t scratch the surface and have anti-microbial properties. Win-win!
Ultimate Drillbrush Attachment Kit
Carpenter meets cook with this handy hack. The brush attachments ($30), which come in six varying sizes and shapes, clip right into a standard drill so you can get more cleaning power with less effort. Want more lazy-chef tips and tricks? Here are some of our most brilliant kitchen shortcuts.
Caron & Doucet Cast Iron Salt Scrub
Hey, sometimes your cast-iron cookware needs a little exfoliating, too. The coarse grains of sea salt in this cast iron scrub ($13) remove even the most stubborn residue while the coconut oil base helps strengthen your skillet’s seasoning. When you’re finished, it will be all ready for you to make one of our top cast-iron recipes.
Everyone knows the secret to good cast iron is the seasoning. To keep it smooth (and more importantly, non-stick), re-season your cookware as needed with the super convenient Crisbee Stik ($15). Not sure where to begin—or how to know if you need to re-treat your pan? Follow this step-by-step guide on how to season cast iron.
OXO Good Grips Cast Iron Pan Brush
No soap, no problem with this heavy-duty brush ($27). The rows of stiff bristles are ideal for anything from cast iron pans to griddles to grill grates. And while it can clean most everything from your cookware, these are the four foods you should never make in cast iron.