Carbon off ! How do you clean the buildup carbon from cookware?

Are you still looking for an easy and quick way to remove the buildup carbon on the cookware? How to clean your burnt-on pans?


If you have ever experienced carbon build-up on your cast iron or carbon steel cookware, you must know it can be a real pain to clean.

Cast iron and carbon steel cookware is a great investment for any home cook. These pieces of cookware are durable and can last for years with proper care. But you may have noticed that over time it starts to build up a black film on the surface.


But never fear- with this post, you will be able to fix the problem in no time! In just a few simple steps, you can remove all of that nasty carbon and have your cookware looking and performing like new again.


How do you clean carbon buildup on your cast iron and carbon steel cookware?


  1. Baking soda

Baking soda is an effective cleaner that won't scratch your stainless steel pan.


Step 1: Pour enough warm water into the pan to cover the bottom of the pan.

Step 2: Pour in baking soda and stir it with the water to create a thick paste. Spread the baking soda paste over all the burned areas. Wait for several hours or overnight, then use a cleaning brush to scrub the pan.

Step 3: Wash to inspect the skillet. Repeat if necessary to remove the rest of the burnt marks.


  1. Vinegar with baking soda

If soda powder alone isn't enough, you can pair it with vinegar. Bring vinegar in the pan to a boil and then simmer for about five minutes. Move the pan off the heat and add 1 cup of baking soda — you might need to add less if it's a smaller skillet. This creates the classic bubbling effect. You can pour the mixture and scrub the pan once it stops to wipe out the marks.


  1. Toothpaste

Step 1: Squeeze toothpaste in a circular motion around the center of the cooled burnt residue.  Take the humid sponge and begin to work the toothpaste into the black residue working outwards in a circular motion.


Step 2: Open the hot tap and place the pan underneath. Continue to wipe in circular motions.


The burnt residue on top of the cookware should slowly start to come away. Finally, continue to wipe until the pan comes completely clean


  1. Salt

Pour the water to fill the bottom of the pan so all the burnt areas are covered and bring it to a boil. Add a few spoons of salt and turn off the heat. Let the water cool for some hours, leaving it in the pan. Dump the water and scrub the cookware with a brush or sponge. 


Repeat this process until remove all of the burn marks are.


You can also place coarse salt on the rust and use some cooking or vegetable oil. Scrub the salt and oil into the rust with a soft cloth or paper towel. Use a small circular motion to remove any traces of rust.


  1. Cola

Cola is carbonated and very acidic and can be very effective against stubborn stains. It can make the same result as club soda.


  1. Portable sandblasting gun

Try sandblasting, and it will be more simple than you thought! You only need to prepare the sandblaster gun, and the abrasive (Aluminium Oxide, baking soda). Then start cleaning.


Don't need to spend much time. You can find the cookware looks new again. 


And if you have other objects with dirt or rust, you also can use the sandblasting gun to refurbish them.


If you haven't found an easy & quick way to remove the carbon buildup on the cookware, a sandblaster is a way to go. With LEMATEC portable sandblasting gun, you can quickly and easily blast away the grime and have the cookware look new again. So what are you waiting for? Check out our selection of sandblasters, and start cleaning!