4 Not So Rusty Hacks to Keep your Home Rust-Free

While you put an effort into making your home bright and shiny, rust marks make it difficult. Don’t worry, we’ve got you some simple hacks to tackle rust marks in a flash!

Updated July 17, 2019

4 not so rusty hacks to keep your home rust-free

Baking Soda and Potato

Getting rid of rust stains is a piece of cake!

  • Take 1/2-bowl baking soda and a raw potato.
  • Cut the potato in half, vertically. Take one half of the potato and dunk the cut end into baking soda and thoroughly rub over the rust stains.
  • Repeat this process till you get rid of the rust stains completely.
Vinegar is effective as it helps dissolve rust on metal. Just be sure to test it on a small area first to make sure there is no damage.

White Vinegar and Salt

This is one of the most popular solutions, the idea being that vinegar will dissolve the rust off the metal.

  • To remove rust from small objects, soak them in a bowl of white vinegar for up to 24 hours.
  • When dealing with larger objects, pour a layer of vinegar over the rust and then add a layer of salt, or dip an aluminium foil in vinegar and use it like a brush to scrub off the rust.
  • To remove rust stains on fabric, saturate the stain completely with white vinegar, cover it in a layer of salt, and then gently rub the salt in. Let the stain soak for 1 hour and then blot or rinse the rust away.

Lemon or Lime Juice and Salt

A simple recipe that’s not as harsh as vinegar.

  • Cover the rust or its stain in salt, then fully saturate it with lemon or lime juice. Mix the juice and the salt together, and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • To clean white clothing, lay the fabric out in direct sunlight for up to 1 hour, which should remove the stain.
  • With metal objects, use a lemon peel or lime to scrub away the rust afterward.

Baking Soda Paste

This relies on the abrasive quality of baking soda to remove the stain.

  • Mix baking soda with water into a paste then spread it on the metal or the rust stain. Allow the paste to soak into the rust, and then scrub it off using an old toothbrush, a wire brush or steel wool. You may need to repeat this a few times as required.

You are now armed with four easy solutions for removing rust in your home. With just a little work, those reddish-brown marks will be history – give it a try!

Originally published August 5, 2019