How to Clean Cast Iron Pan with Baking Soda and Vinegar

How to Clean Cast Iron Pan with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Cast iron pans are very popular cookware for their durability and heat retention. You should clean your pan regularly to keep them in good condition. 

Cast iron can rust which is a big problem. We found a lot of questions on the internet about cleaning a cast iron pan with baking soda and vinegar. We are going to show you the best way to clean a cast iron pan using baking soda and vinegar.

Cleaning Cast Iron Pan with Baking Soda

Step 1: Use dish cleaner sponges to remove badly burnt food and debris from your cast iron pan. 

Step 2: Take a bowl and mix baking soda with water. Use 1 cup of water with 3 cups of baking soda for the best remedy. Make enough paste to cover the full pan.

Step 3: Apply the paste to your pan carefully. Then leave the mixture for a few hours.

Step 4: Now, add more baking soda and scrub with a clean sponge or nylon brush.

You can also add ½ cup of water to thin the paste which will reduce the waiting time.

Cleaning Cast Iron Pan with Vinegar

Vinegar is very powerful to remove any stains from cast iron. Before starting this process check the rust on the pan. If the amount of rust is minimal, avoid this cleaning process. Because vinegar is highly acidic and you also need to be cautious when using it on your pan. 

Things we need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Cleaning Scrub
  • Gloves
  • Dish soap/liquid
  • Towel
  • Aluminum foil

Follow the steps below to remove rust from the cast iron pan.

Step 1: Take enough vinegar and water equally into a pot. 

Step 2: Soak the iron cast pan in the vinegar-water mixture and leave them for a few hours. It requires time to break down the rust. When the rust has come off, take out the pan from the pot and place it on a cool and dry surface.

Step 3: Use a washing scrubber and gently scrub the pan. When you are done, rinse the pan thoroughly. Use hot water to clean the pan. Finally, you can also use soap and warm water to re-clean the pan.

Step 4: Leave the pan in a dry place for an hour. The pan should be cleaned perfectly. Finally, store it in your kitchen back.

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Cleaning Cast Iron Pan with Baking Soda & Vinegar

If the above methods do not clean your cast iron pan properly, you can try this heavy-duty cleaning method. In this method, we are going to use vinegar and baking soda to remove burnt food from your pan.

Step 1: Remove debris and burnt food using a scrubber from the pan.

Step 2: Add white vinegar to the bottom of the pan with ½ inch of liquid.

Step 3: Boil the vinegar in the pan for a few minutes. 

Step 4: Remove from heat and add 1 cup of baking soda. You should do this in the sink. Wait until the fizzing and bubbling die down.

Step 5: Scrub the pan with a cleaning brush. Add more baking powder if necessary.


Cast iron pan is very useful cookware for the kitchen. It is very durable. Cleaning a cast iron pan may take up to 30-40 minutes in total. I hope you will enjoy doing it yourself.

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