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Disinfecting & Cleaning Cast Iron after rat infestation

denisegk | Nov 30, 201809:51 AM     6

We got rats in our attic and a couple eventually found their way out of the walls/ceiling and into my kitchen. I KNOW they crawled around on my cast iron pans which I leave out on the stovetop. We have not gotten rid of all the rats (for sure, with pros) and I have been trashing or bleaching everything in the kitchen. I'm now down to my cast iron, and I don't know what to do. A 10-15 minute soak 10% bleach + hot water solution will surely ruin my seasoning on the unenameled pans (2 of them, one of which [sob] I used exclusively for eggs and never had any sticking), and (I think) will make the enamel on my Dutch oven flake (Tramontina with a Lodge cast iron knob for oven cooking). Does anyone know anything about this? If I have to reseason, then I will. I'm just NOT looking forward to it. My egg pan is vintage and has a 40 year seasoning on it! My larger pan I've had single I taught myself to cook in college and has a 20 year season on it. Those rat bastards really screwed up my stuff.

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