This $15 Tool That Makes Cleaning My Cast Iron Pan Effortless

This $15 Tool That Makes Cleaning My Cast Iron Pan Effortless

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This is the first time I’ve said (erm, written) it out loud: I used to be afraid of cast iron cookware. Soap or no soap? Towel dry or put back on the stove? Should I season it after I clean it? Is it game over if it rusts? Advice on taking care of cast iron can be conflicting and intimidating! Even after reading some very helpful articles (I recommend this one and this one), my cast iron skillet only got occasional love. I wanted all the amazing benefits of cooking in the stuff, but I just couldn’t seem to convince myself that I would be able to take care of it properly. That is, until I got my hands on Lodge’s Cast Iron Scrub Brush.

Now, you may be thinking, “Really, a brush? A brush changed her mind?” Well, let me tell you why… I already own other cleaning brushes like a bottle brush, and a few other general scrubbing brushes. So, I figured another brush could do no harm. When I came across the Lodge Cast Iron Scrub Brush, I actually got excited. A scrub brush that is any amount of aesthetically pleasing is a win in my book. With a mock wood handle (which totally fooled me) made out of rubber, natural-looking nylon bristles, and a matte black head that mimics the look of cast iron itself, this brush proudly lives next to my sink.

The most important factor of this Lodge Cast Iron Scrub Brush, however, is that it gets the job done. There is just something about those bristles that cleans the cast iron better than any other brush (or cleaning tool, for that matter) I’ve tried; even after months, it remains perfectly intact. It effortlessly sloughs grease off the surface of the cookware without retaining any in its brush head. This scrubbing solution removes the grease and leftover food bits without stripping away the seasoning, so that fine flavorful patina I’ve been building (now that I actually use my cast iron!) stays intact.

There is nothing I love more than cooking in my cast iron skillet. Its versatility is endless, and it has a magical way of deepening the flavors of any dish. It seems so silly to say, but I can’t believe it took a brush to get me over my reservations and actually utilize one of the most reliable and loved pieces of cookware in history. But it did. Now I plan on gifting these brushes to as many friends and family as possible this year, because everyone deserves to cook in cast iron!

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This $14 Amazon Kit Is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution for Every Area of Your Kitchen (and Beyond!)

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Let’s face facts: A home is never truly clean until you get to those hard-to-reach spots, like grimy tub grout and greasy stove knobs. Sure, you can use hacks like old toothbrushes, but what’s even better? Trying something that is specifically designed for cleaning nooks and crannies. The LeeLoon Household Cleaning Brush kit has both Amazon reviewers and a cleaning expert raving about its functionality and versatility. Plus, it’s only $14 (and according to one reviewer, “worth every penny.”).

This five-piece set contains a mini nesting dustpan and brush, along with three multipurpose grout brushes. They are all ergonomically designed to keep your hands out of the way while the durable, flexible polypropylene bristles get down and dirty. And go ahead, let them get as dirty as you want, because they clean easily with soap and water or on the top rack of the dishwasher. 

The mini dustpan is about six inches wide and “perfect for a tiny spill that doesn’t require a vacuum,” as one reviewer notes. Think snack crumbs on your table, dusty windowsills, and car dashboards. The semicircle brush tackles moldy bathroom grout and that space between greasy kitchen tiles. The long brush reaches into grimy window frames and kitchen hood vents. And that small curve brush? It’s great for sink drains, faucets, and oven burners. Best of all, the brushes have scrapers in the back to help dislodge all the stuck-on gunk.

Amazon reviewers range from an admittedly OCD cleaner noting these are a “must” for windowsills to another user who “loathes cleaning” and swears “these brushes changed my life.” There’s even a reviewer who owns a professional cleaning business and calls these tools “perfect.” See? Even the pros know that this $14 find is the way to finally get to all those hard-to-reach spots — no hacks required.

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Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.) An all-around creative, Britt has worked in various facets with Scene Louisiana, The Nerd Machine, and The Daebak Company, Inc.

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