How to Clean Carbon Steel Pan

Carbon steel is a very popular material for cooking and grilling.

The problem is that it does not clean easily and the carbon becomes attached to the food.

Here are some cleaning tips that will help you in cleaning carbon steel pans.

What is Carbon Steel Pan?

Clean carbon steel is a type of steel that has been processed to remove impurities such as sulfur, nitrogen, and phosphorus.

This makes the steel much more resistant to corrosion and also makes it easier to clean.

Attaching carbon steel cookware to an electric stove or in the oven will result in overheating.

This can cause food to stick, warp and possibly make your kitchen look like a pre-historic cave; this is what it looks like:

These qualities that make carbon steel popular are exactly why they must be cleaned properly so they last long!

How to Clean a Carbon Steel Pan?

Avoid using foul-smelling stuff such as dishwashing liquid on it as will leave grease spots when you clean them.

Instead, make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar in a little water. 

Apply the solution to your pans for about 5 minutes before pouring them off into the washbasin tap containing hot soapy water, making sure that your hands are protected from direct contact with these surfaces by using rubber gloves or oven mitts to avoid burns!

Wash out all dirty residues

The most important step is to clean out all the dirty residues.

Pour a glass of washing-up liquid into your basin, allowing each piece of metal to settle in it so you can scour properly and make sure that each part still has no water stuck on its surface which may cause rust later.

Washing powder will react with iron to leave a very strong yellow residue called iron jelly, making steel discolored?

So instead use some bicarbonate soda (bi-carb soda) which will dissolve the rust and shampoo your pans, scrubs also work well although hand washing as mentioned previously for pan cleaning is a better option.

Here is how to completely clean your copper pans: Some of the darker stains are difficult to remove, such as those around the handles or inside some (like this one) have a ring around them where food does not allow itself to evaporate properly all over like ours had for years! 

You can use soda and dishwasher tablets along with baking soda on these spots but it still requires a lot of elbow grease that would be better spent on getting rid of stubborn stains instead if you take them out at the first sign of black marks in any shape or form.

Worn away gritted-up dark spots are often shiny and more agreeable looking initially! 

See also: Best Pans for Everyday Use


The process of cleaning carbon steel pans is a tedious one. You need to remove all the rust from the pan before you start scrubbing it with a scouring pad.

It can be quite difficult to get the rust off, so take your time and don’t rush through this process.

Once you’ve finished cleaning your pan, it’s important that you dry it thoroughly before using it again.

When you’re done, remember to store your pan in a dry place so that it doesn’t rust again.

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