What's the Best Natural Way to Remove Rust?

Rusty Pan When metal tools, kitchen gadgets, and other household items rust, it's tempting to throw them out and replace them.  Another option is buying expensive chemical removers to do the job.  But actually, you can remove rust from...

Rusty Pan
Rusty Pan

When metal tools, kitchen gadgets, and other household items rust, it's tempting to throw them out and replace them.  Another option is buying expensive chemical removers to do the job.  But actually, you can remove rust from metal naturally, without chemicals, using only household objects.

So what's the best way to remove rust naturally?  WikiHow has some tips:

  • The Vinegar Method.  The properties of white vinegar make it dissolve rust off of metal.  If you're removing rust from a small object, simply soak it in a bath of white vinegar for several hours, then scrub away the rust.  If it's a larger surface, pour vinegar on top and follow the same process.  The longer it soaks, the less scrubbing you'll have to do, so feel free to soak it for even a full 24 hours.
  • The Lime and Salt Method.  Sprinkle salt over the rusty area, then squeeze a lime over it.  Allow the mixture to really set in and soak for several hours.  You can even use the lime rind as your post-soak scrubbing tool.  A lemon will work as well.
  • The Baking Soda Method. Make a paste of baking soda and water, adding baking soda until it's thick enough to spread.  Spread it onto the rusty area and then let it set in for some time.  You can use a toothbrush to scrub away the rust after soaking, then rinse it off with water.
  • The Potato Method.  Cut a potato in half and spread dish soap on the cut side.  Place the soapy side of the potato on the rusty area and leave it for several hours, then scrub away the rust.  If you're out of dish soap, baking soda works as well in this method.

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