Pour 3 cups of tap water in a clean, 2-qt. saucepan, and set the stove's burner to medium-high heat until the water boils.
Remove the pot from the stove top, and pour half of water into the dutch oven. Rinse out the dutch oven with the boiling water and pour it out.
Scrub the inside of the dutch oven with the nylon pad to remove stuck food from the oven's sides and rinse it out with warm water.
Wipe down the inside of the dutch oven with a dry paper towel to remove excess water, and place on a drying rack to air dry.