Best Cast-Iron Skillet Cleaning Tools — Cast-Iron Brush & Other Essentials

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The debate over how to properly clean cast iron cookware can get heated — and is one that spans generations. Should you use soap? Can you just wipe it out with a paper towel? Should you use a bristle brush or a sponge? If you use a brush, is one better than the other?

While we spend a lot of time trying to come to a final answer for these questions, today we’re here to talk about the best cast iron brushes and cleaning tools. (And yes, we like a brush over a sponge!)

It should come as no surprise to learn that one of our favorite brushes comes from Lodge, the top name in the cast iron biz. It has nylon bristles, which are effective yet gentle (so they won’t ruin the seasoning you’ve worked so hard to build up).

2. Tenacious C Cast Iron Brush and Scraper

The bristles on this brush are a bit more stiff, compared to the Lodge brush, so it’s great if, say, your style of cooking results in a decent amount of burnt-on bits. Don’t worry, the bristles are still gentle enough, though, so it won’t disturb your seasoning!

Lodge also makes these fun polycarbonate scrapers that can be used to chip off those stubborn bigger baked-on bits. Try heating the pan up a little bit before you scrape in order to make less work for yourself.

4. The Ringer Original Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner

This wacky-looking chainmail scrubber doesn’t seem like it’d work on your cast iron, but it totally does. It folds and bends to get into the pan’s crease (between the wall and the bottom) and it chips off all sorts of bits, again, without scratching up the seasoning.

A Few Other Notes About Cleaning Cast Iron Cookware

What do you use to clean your cast iron skillet?

Erika Tracy


Erika Tracy is a work-from-home mama happily living in the South. She works as a freelance designer and photographer in Montgomery, AL.

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