|Here's what I used: oven cleaner, vinegar, heavy duty plastic bag, 000 steel wool|
(Ignore the container of ammonia on the left - it was NOT used in this process.)
|Here's the grody dutch oven and lid. Is that white stuff mildew? Gross.|
Ok, I got my trusty kitchen gloves on, moved to a well -ventilated area, put the D.O.w/L in the large bag, and sprayed it down with the oven cleaner. I then set the whole thing into an old roasting pan and left it for a week. That's right. I left it alone. Did not touch it. At all. Practically forgot about it. Then today I pulled it out and scrubbed it down with hot soapy water and a scrubby sponge. The old coating mostly came off. It came completely off the inside, but there were still areas that didn't come off of the outside.
Since the D.O. didn't have very much rust on it, I simply rubbed off the rust with the steel wool. The lid got to soak in the vinegar/hot water bath (1 quart vinegar/1 gallon hot water) for about 20 minutes, then I rubbed it down with the steel wool as well.
|Here's the DOw/L stewing in the oven cleaner.|
|What they looked like today after I scrubbed off the oven cleaner.|
|Here's the lid taking its bath.|
|TaDa! Lovely almost like new reconditioned Dutch Oven.|