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Old 09-15-2016, 04:44 PM
JamieC JamieC is offline
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Default Nitty gritty details about Easy Off HD method??

Hi!

I posted recently about what cleaning was needed for two cast iron skillets I recently acquired via a yardsale. The conclusion was Easy Off HD and so I read the section on cleaning with that and finally acquired a can of it and I have a couple questions about nitty gritty details before I commence doing that, just to make sure I do things right. I have two skillets I will be cleaning.

1) Since this is lye based, is it better to put the skillets into the trash bag first and then carefully spray the skillets while in the bag so that none of the cleaner lands on my back porch or yard? Are rubber gloves and a handkerchief over my mouth an advisable thing?

2) Once both skillets are sprayed is it okay to nest them inside of one another inside the bag? or do they need to be separated for the Easy Off to work better?

3) It says it will take a couple days - is it possible to leave it on for too long and do damage if I don't get it checked one day?

4) when they are done soaking in it, I assume rinsing them in the kitchen sink and then give the sink a good scrubbing is the thing to do?

I just want to make sure I've covered all of my safety bases since it's lye and I have children around. Thanks!!!
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:50 PM
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1. yes, eye protection,too
2. yes. no.
3. no, not on bare iron
4. yes, dilution = neutralization
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:02 PM
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I've done it a few times and have found use rubber gloves, it doesn't seem to matter having one inside of the other. I spay them down good outside and place in bag and a tad more spay. Sit them on a old 18"x18" or so plywood and leave in the garage. It seems to keep it all flat and make it all easier to move. Give it 3-4 days. scrub with wire brush, rinse with water hose repeat with spay if needed for 2-4 days. Rinsing outside is less mess and easier to dilute into the yard for me.


There may be better ways but so far this seems ok for me.

Steve,

I thought I better add this after thinking these might be the cleaner ones post the other day, in that case the amount of time in the lye will very highly. Sometimes Up to a week or better on some it can take. This one was near a week. It had a lot or heavy carbon in places.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:59 PM
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As I remove a piece from the bag I wipe it down best I can with paper towels which are left in the bag. (Separate a few first.) Then not much mess to go into the sink to rinse off. Wash & see if it needs more work. The bag gets rolled up with the gunk & towels and put in the trash.

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Old 09-16-2016, 09:22 PM
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On the back of the Easy-Off can it says for "fast cleaning" you are supposed to hear the oven to 200 degrees before applying it. I wonder if that would help clean a skillet? Of course, putting a 200 degree skillet in a plastic trash bag is not the wisest move.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:06 AM
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Of course, putting a 200 degree skillet in a plastic trash bag is not the wisest move.
LOL I can relate to that, I had a just emptied plastic bread bag beside the stove top once and picked up a hot skillet to drain oil. In about .003 seconds I had a one inch long piece of bread bag melted to one of my skillets. Let's just say it wanted to become part of the skillet awhile. There may be some still there if I look.

Steve,
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:14 AM
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Bake the skillet at 475 F for one hour before ............

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Old 10-21-2016, 01:03 PM
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As I remove a piece from the bag I wipe it down best I can with paper towels which are left in the bag. (Separate a few first.) Then not much mess to go into the sink to rinse off. Wash & see if it needs more work. The bag gets rolled up with the gunk & towels and put in the trash.

Hilditch
That stuff can be quite caustic. It is a better practice to neutralize it so nobody down the line (garbage men, landfill workers) comes into contact with the lye. I have usually just changed out my refrigerator box of baking soda when I clean a batch of cast iron. I put the whole bag into the sink and sprinkle baking soda over the cast iron and rinse at the same time. This leaves just a wet plastic bag for the trash. Not a chemical burn hazard.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:26 PM
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That stuff can be quite caustic. It is a better practice to neutralize it so nobody down the line (garbage men, landfill workers) comes into contact with the lye. I have usually just changed out my refrigerator box of baking soda when I clean a batch of cast iron. I put the whole bag into the sink and sprinkle baking soda over the cast iron and rinse at the same time. This leaves just a wet plastic bag for the trash. Not a chemical burn hazard.
Using baking soda, which is alkaline, seems counterintuitive to neutralize lye, also an alkali. More neutralization is occurring via just rinsing and diluting with plain water. Not to mention the lye won't hurt drain pipes, so you may get a little drain cleaning action. Just don't run the water hard so it splashes.
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Old 10-21-2016, 02:14 PM
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If you're really worried about neutralizing it, use vinegar.
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