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To clean cast iron cookware use a dime sized amount of dish washing liquid along with a tablespoon of course salt and a few drops of water (use a damp papertowel or dish cloth). It scrubs thru stuck on particles and is less corrosive than using soap pads. Works on other dishes and cookware as well.

- Submitted by TIWEENY1 4/9/2010 in Around The House | 7 Comments
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RSTAR084 4/9/2010 4:59:00 PM

    Actually you should never really use soap in cast iron unless you are desperate to save the pan. Use salt and oil, rinse it out, wipe the remains with a paper towel (add more oil if necessary). Keeping your pan "seasoned" this way is why cast iron is virtually non-stick and so valuable, soap removes this layer making the pan likely to rust.
HIKERJOHNSON 4/10/2010 12:24:00 PM

    Additionally, I never use tomato products in my cast iron skillet either. The acid is not kind to the surface.
IN_IT_2_WIN_IT 9/24/2010 11:18:00 AM

    Use soap only if it is absolutely necessary, and never use steel wool. If you need to scrub, us a nylon scrubber. Reseason as necessary with a thin coat of oil and heat in a warm oven.
SUSANHGREENE 9/24/2010 8:34:00 AM

    Like RSTAR I never use soap on my cast iron skillets...rinse if you need to and wipe out with paper towels. This keeps them well-seasoned and ready to use all the time. If you need to reseason a skillet rub it with shortening and place in a warm oven for a few hours.
FITNESSFREAK10 6/30/2010 8:08:00 AM

    emoticon for the tip.
RAINBOWMF 4/10/2010 9:30:00 PM

    Thanks for the tip!
HAPPYMOM8 4/10/2010 9:25:00 PM

    Will give this a try-thanks

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