Removing Rust From Cast Iron

We use a cast iron pot filled with water on our wood stove for humidity. Rust has formed on the pot and I am not sure how to clean it. Any suggestions? Thank you.


By Patricia from Dansville, NY

February 17, 20100 found this helpful

White vinegar will cut the rust. Clean well after using vinegar.

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February 18, 20100 found this helpful

Water and iron don't mix. to keep iron from rusting, you need to keep it oiled or greased. Dip a paper towel in some oil and rub the outside of the pot. after using a pot for a long time you get a build up on the bottom and side of the pot. Build a fire outside (you could use a grill) and set the pot in the fire to burn off excess build up. Just do this on the outside of the pot. Then after it cools, rub the inside and outside with oil. Oiling is the key. Vanessa

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February 20, 20100 found this helpful

Using water with cast iron is sure to cause rust! I believe that you could remove the rust from this pot if you follow the

instructions for cleaning a cast iron skillet.

Clean the rust away, grease the inside of the pot with crisco or another solid shortening, then place the pot in the oven on low heat for several hours. This usually re-seasons a skillet. It probably would re-season your pot.

There are instructions here on Thrifty Fun that are pretty detailed for skillets. You probably should chose another type container to keep the water in to provide the humidity. Maybe a tea kettle would work?

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February 21, 20100 found this helpful

Sprinkle salt in the pan and rub with a paper towel. Works like sandpaper.

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