When it comes to cast iron, it’s important not to clean the pan until it has cooled down. Waiting until the pain has cooled down helps to avoid warping or cracking from internal shock due to the rapid temperature change.
Use hot or warm water to rinse and wash your cast iron pan. Avoid using soap, even mild dish soap, as it can easily leave a residue within the pores of the pan.
Dry your pan using a paper towel or a cloth free from lint. Make sure your pan is completely dry before moving on to step four.