Home Remedies for Rust Removal

The best way to keep your life rust-free is to prevent it in the first place. But that’s not always possible.

Here are some common areas in and around your home that you’ll find rust, and some home remedies to remove it.

BATHTUBS AND SINKS – That can of shaving cream with the metal bottom always seems to leave that telltale ring on my sink or tub. Scrub it with a little baking soda, or for more stubborn stains, a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Scrub, scrub, scrub.

JEWELRY — No — my jewelry box is not filled with 100 percent ‘good stuff’. I have quite a few pieces of costume jewelry. I sometimes soak a pair of earrings in a little vinegar, rinse it off, dry it, and they’re as good as new.

KNIVES AND OTHER KITCHEN UTENSILS – Potatoes aren’t just for baking. Use one to clean up rust on untensils. Use a little baking soda, and scrub the surface with the potato. Use it, peel and all. Sweet potatoes and Potatoes have oxalic acid, mainly in their skins. That’s what helps get rid of that pesky orange staining.

TOOLS – Your tools are an investment, and you need to protect them from damaging elements, especially moisture. Keep tools in your toolbox , preferably a dry environment. You can put a piece of charcoal in your toolbox. Home experts say it’s one of those old ‘ounce-of prevention’ methods.
You can clean them with a paste made with baking soda and lemon juice. Apply it to the tools, scrub, and wipe clean.

You can also use cola. Saturate your tool in a bowl of soda. It will not completely remove all the rust, you’ll need to scrub, too. And cola is sticky, so it may be wise to use another method, first.

Ah . . . and after all that rust cleanup . . .

CLOTHING — Make sure your garment is color-fast. Apply a little lemon juice to the spot with a cotton swab or cotton ball, and put it in the sun to dry. Then launder as usual.

And for rust that doesn’t seem to come out with a simple home remedy . . . that may be the time to turn to a product made specifically for rust-removal, like Evaporust.