What kind of cleaning tools can I use on a cast iron skillet?
When you dive into the Internet, you can find a wide variety of different opinions, tips, and instructions on how to care for your cast iron skillet—and most of what you’ll find is unnecessarily complicated. The truth is, cleaning cast iron can be super simple and easy, with the help of a few good quality tools. To make it even easier for you, we’ve broken down which tools you should use when cleaning cast iron, which ones you shouldn’t, as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of how to wash your pan.
To clean your pan, you’ll need three essential items: a chain mail scrubber, a stiff brush, and seasoning oil. Just like the quality of your cast iron matters, the quality of your cleaning tools does too; that’s why we’ve honed in on the tools that will make caring for your cast iron easy and effective:
A quality, stiff brush is your best bet for scrubbing your pan. Unlike sponges, brushes will dry pretty quickly when they’re not in use, and they’re much less prone to developing mildew or bacteria on the inside. This means your cast iron brush will last much longer than a sponge, and it won’t end up smelling gross or being unsanitary. Brushes are also able to apply a bit more force to your pan, making it easier to remove any stuck on food residue.