* Cast iron skillets offer an easy one-pan way to cook your favorite foods
* However, these pans cannot be cleaned using conventional methods
* These 7 cast iron-specific cleaning products are available for under $40
There is nothing like creating a kitchen concoction using a cast iron skillet. The naturally non-stick surface makes cooking with this material a dream, while the ability to take your pan straight from the stovetop to the oven or visa versa provides a freedom you can’t find in many other kitchen items. Add into that an evenly heating cooking surface and you can see why there has recently been an increase in the popularity of cast iron.
While many believe a solid cast iron skillet requires more attention and care than your average non-stick or stainless steel pan, the reality is that looking after an all-metal pan is surprisingly easy, if done correctly. Just remember, you shouldn’t use soap or steel wool to clean cast iron. It won’t ruin the pan, but it will take away the seasoned element of your skillet. Therefore, use only hot water and oil after each use along with specially made cast iron cleaning products.
We’ve put together a list of 7 great cleaning supplies for keeping your cast iron in top condition. All of them are available for under $40, so there’s really no excuse for improperly cleaning your skillet.
1. Kohler Cast Iron Cleaner
Inside this 8 oz bottle, you’ll find Kohler’s Cast Iron Cleaner. This effective cleaning agent can be used on cast iron or other surfaces, like sinks, to remove scuffs, blemishes and unwanted marks. The cleaner will leave your surfaces dirt free and looking as good as new.
2. Full Circle Tenacious Cast Iron Brush and Scraper
This Full Circle Cast Iron Brush has been specifically designed for use on cast iron surfaces. On the top side of the brush, you’ll find a scraper for loosening stuck on food before attacking the pan with the brush itself. The bristles are intentionally firmer than average cleaning brushes, allowing you to clean your skillet without the use of harsh chemicals.
3. ROBAO Stainless Steel Chainmail Scrubber
One option when it comes to finding a skillet cleaner is to make one by turning your everyday dish sponge into a skillet-specific scrubber. Although 3 sponges are provided with this chainmail scrubber, it will fit over any ordinary kitchen sponge you have around the house. The ringed chainmail structure provides a tough metal surface to clean with without exposing your cast iron to any sharp edges. An additional benefit is that this type of scrubber can also be used on a wide range of other surfaces, too, including griddles, pots and stainless steel cookware.
4. Amagabeli Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner
The Amagabeli Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner is another sleeve which can be fitted over any of your kitchen sponges to provide an effective skillet cleaner. Simply rub over the surface of your cast iron with the cleaner and hot water. The Amagabeli cleaner also doesn’t require any additional soap or harsh chemicals to work effectively. Each of the rings in the chainmail cover has been handcrafted to ensure no damaging edges meet the skillet’s surface. It’s also a great addition to your kitchen cleaning arsenal for other hard-to-clean BBQs and other cooking pans.
5. OXO Good Grips Cast Iron Pan Brush
With its tough bristles and built-in scraper, the OXO Pan Brush effectively cleans cast iron pans without the need for additional cleaning products. It’s capable of cleaning all kinds of flat or ridged surfaces and also sports an ergonomically designed handle to make using the brush comfortable. In addition, the tough, topside scraper makes cleaning harder to get to grooves and corners a breeze.
6. The Ringer
With a name like “The Ringer” and a claim that the machines used in its production were originally intended for police protection use, you know this North American-made cleaner is made for business. The Ringer is made from premium grade stainless steel to ensure it remains strong throughout the cleaning process. And, by removing the need for any sponge inside the chainmail, like many products on our list, this cleaning product eliminates the bacteria build up that often occurs on scrubbers. The Ringer is also simple to clean as it is dishwasher safe.
7. Caron Doucet Cast Iron Care Bundle
One of the keys to a happy and healthy skillet is to make sure that the seasoning, a slick and glassy coating created by baked on oil, is present. The Caron Doucet Cast Iron Care Bundle offers an easy way to do this. In the two bottle kit, you’ll find a specific cast iron soap, which is 100% natural and formulated to clean without damaging the seasoned cooking surface. The other bottle is a cast iron oil created from highly refined coconut oil, which when applied to the surface, protects and prolongs the life of your skillet and its natural seasoning.