Cleaning your cast-iron skillet? Don't use soap and water

You may be inclined to wash your cast-iron skillet the way you wash everything else in your kitchen -- with soap and water. Not so fast, though!

"You can’t clean cast-iron the same way you clean stainless steel," kitchen expert -- and author of "Kitchen Matters," Pamela Salzman says.

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"It’s very porous," Rach adds. "That flavor will stay in there and literally bake into the pan."

So, clean it with kosher salt instead -- using a wooden spatula or a soft, dry cloth as your scraper.

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After the scraping is done, drizzle a little oil in the skillet and store it with a piece of paper towel in it to prevent rusting!

Watch Pamela and Rach clean one in the video above!

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And whatever you do, never, EVER put your cast-iron skillet in the dishwasher.

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Make a habit of putting at least one thing away when you enter a different room in your house. 

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Opt for a shower gel or body wash instead of using a bar of soap to avoid extra shower scum. Bath & Body Works has a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte variation perfect for this season. 

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Get rid of pet hair (and your own) by wiping all your hairy surfaces with a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves. 

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Grab your iron and lift that stain right up. 

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To clean a dirty microwave take a simple sponge and throw it into a bowl with water, dish soap and vinegar. Then, place the damp sponge inside your microwave and heat for three minutes. Once that's done, the microwave will be full of condensation and much easier to clean. Be careful though, the sponge will be very hot so it's best to wear rubber gloves as you clean. 

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Clean your shower liner by throwing it in the wash with a few soiled towels. Add a half-cup of baking soda in with your normal amount of detergent. At the rinse cycle, dump in a half-cup of vinegar. Hang your shower liner to dry.

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Keep coal or baking soda in your fridge to absorb gross odors. 

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Line your George Foreman grill with aluminum foil before using it to avoid hours of scrubbing post-eating.  

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Avoid heavy-duty fridge cleaning by lining your fridge shelves with Press' N Seal

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