Question by  farooq (6)

How do you go about cleaning an iron skillet?

I never know what the best way to clean an iron skillet is.


Answer by  Bess2728 (682)

Using a paper towel, wipe out as much of the food as possible. Take a container of coarse salt, kosher works well, and generously pour into skillet. Scrub with the salt until most of the food is gone. Wipe clean with another paper towel. Take some cooking oil, and coat the inside. Bake in a hot oven to season.


Answer by  Valentine62 (2131)

Do not wash in dishwasher, it will only rust. Wash by hand in soapy water, rinse, and dry right away. After the skillet has dried, apply a little vegetable oil.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

Iron skillets should not be submerged in water. Clean with a soft cloth until the food particles are removed. They take a paper towel and oil the pan when stored.


Answer by  adouglass (331)

You never want to use soap and water on an iron skillet because it will rust. You simply want to wipe it out with an oiled cloth. Any vegetable oil works fine. Always use cooking oil and your iron skillet will last a long time.


Answer by  JEG (37)

No special way is needed to clean an iron skillet just totally dry it after cleaning, or else it will rust. I dry mine on the stove.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

You can clean it in soapy dish water, scrub it down with a brush or sponge until the food is off of it. Make sure you dry it thoroughly, and wipe it with a bit of oil so it does not rust.


Answer by  answerqueen (564)

Never clean with water, it will rust your skillet. The best way to clean is just wipe it out with a paper towel or rag.


Answer by  Darkephoenix (1789)

SOS or other steel wool cleaning pad is best to clean an iron skillet. In addition, you'll need to dry it in the oven or on the stovetop.


Answer by  decomom (923)

An iron skillet should never be cleaned in a dishwasher. It needs to be hand washed with mild dish soap. The easiest way to dry it is in a low temperature oven so that it dries completely and doesn't rust.

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