How to Clean Enamel Cast Iron

Enamel cast iron cookware is both functional and eye-appealing. The brightly coloured exterior and interior enamel coating is attractive to look at, while the cast iron makes for a sturdy piece of cookware.You can enjoy your enamel cast iron cookware for many years to come if you take the time to care for and clean it properly. The process is simple and provides you with clean enamel cast iron cookware that's beautiful enough to display in your kitchen in between use.

Wet a plastic mesh scrubber with warm water. Pour baking soda onto the scrubber and use it to scrub tough stains or discolourations off your enamel cast iron. Enamel surfaces stain much in the same way as teeth and baking soda is an effective stain remover for both.

Soak your enamel cast iron cookware in hot water with 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach added in. Allow the enamel cast iron to soak overnight to tackle any remaining difficult stains or discolourations to the enamel caused by food.

Rinse your enamel cast iron cookware in warm water.

Fill a dishpan with warm water and add a few drops of dish washing liquid. Wash your enamel cast iron cookware using the plastic mesh scrubber. This will remove baking soda and bleach residue, as well as any remaining grime.

Use a cool water rinse on your enamel cast iron cookware then dry completely with a clean towel.


Use your enamel cast iron cookware for foods baking at temperatures below 246 degrees C. Any heat above that is too strong for the enamel and can ruin your cookware.


Avoid the use of metallic scrubbers or cleansers that are abrasive as they will scratch the enamel surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup Chlorine bleach
  • Plastic mesh scrubber
  • Dishpan
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Clean towel
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.