How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet | 4 Proved Methods

How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet | 4 Proved Methods

Cast iron skillet is really a money saver. With good care, cast iron skillets last for very long. Cooking with cast iron skillets is always a satisfying experience (if you know how to). If you have ever cooked with cast iron skillet, you may know how better they serve.

I was very satisfied with my skillet, it served me for last 2 years and I tried my best to keep it out of the water but somehow after a month of no use, my skillet became rusty.

I really wanted that skillet to stay a little longer but I did not have any choice, so I decided to throw it away as it was fully rusty. Then I got to know about “how to restore a rusty cast iron skillet” from my grandfather. I did not know how he knows, I thought that won’t be helpful but I didn’t throw his idea, I tried to follow his idea instead.

Then, I felt very proud of me. Yes. Not letting go of my grandfather idea was one of the best things I have ever done.

That was successful, I couldn’t believe that I fully restored a rusty skillet that I love so much but I did. It was very helpful for me, thanks to my grandfather.

Therefore, I decided to share each process with everyone else who is probably going through the same problem.

I hope this very article on “How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet” will help you to restore your skillet.

You can thank me in advance if you want, let’s break it down.

4 Ways to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet

1. Scrub the Rust  Pick a fine piece of steel wool or a copper pad to scrub the rust, both will work well. If you want you can also use non-metal abrasive products, you will have good results from it.

Is the rust layer very stubborn? Then use little dishwashing soap and scrub.

It is actually the worst idea to scrub a pan with regular metal cookware cleaner, as they remove the seasonings but when your pan has rust then seasoning layer is already affected by it, so it is best to scrub it.

2. Use Baking Soda After a while of scrubbing, if you notice that, rust is being thin, use a mild abrasive. As baking soda is common in every kitchen, you can get away with it.

 To do it in a better way, just sprinkle little amount of baking soda on the rusty surface of the pan and mix some water.

Stir the baking soda with water until it turns into a rough paste.

Now pick a rag and rub the paste on the affected area (rusty area) of the pan, then let the paste stay for a couple of minutes and rinse it off using water.


3. Salt Paste This way is same as baking soda method. Make a hard paste of salt and water and then rub the paste on rusty areas.This salt method offers a better result than baking soda. Salt crystals are larger and rougher than baking soda, so the paste becomes slightly more abrasive.

4. Use Heavy-duty cleaner This method is for bad rust. Heavy rust won’t be cleaned properly with simple abrasives, so as the rule of thumb, you have to go for a more powerful solution.

That is harsh chemical cleaners. If you are comfortable, you can use low-priced toilet bowl cleaners, as they contain hardly 20 percent of hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid dissolves rust properly.

However, you have to be very careful with this method. Hydrochloric is a very highly strong acid. So before you use it, take a proper safety. To prevent unwanted chemical burns, wear safety gloves, full-sleeve shirts, and eye protection.

Use this chemical in a well-ventilated area, breathing this chemical fumes continuously will disturb your throat and lung.

I have seen, many people tries to scrub the pan with knives, or screwdrivers etc. Don’t do it, not only it won’t help you but also can lead to serious accidents.

Therefore, that was all. I hope now you know how to restore a rusty cast iron skillet and these 4 methods are proven. Try to apply wisely and appropriately, especially be very careful with the hydrochloric chemical. That was all for today, soon I will be back with another new article, till then Good Bye.


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