Step 2: Rinse with Vinegar
Another excellent acid-based cleaner that works great on rust stains is vinegar (make sure you use white vinegar for white clothing or you may have another stain on your hands). Before popping your clothing in the washing machine, rinse the lemon and salt paste off the material with some undiluted vinegar. This will help to dissolve the rust further. Don’t worry about the strong smell – this should disappear completely after a good wash in the machine.
Step 3: Wash with Detergent
The final step when it comes to rust removal is to wash your clothing in the washing machine with an effective laundry detergent like Breeze. Simply pour Breeze into your washing machine drawer or drum and wash your clothing in warm water of around 30 degrees – these cooler temperatures are great for the environment, and for your bills. Always check to ensure the stain is completely removed before drying. If necessary, repeat steps 1-3.
Now that you know how to remove rust from your favorite items of clothing, there’s no need to worry about rusty bicycle chains when you’re out cycling with your family. Rust may look bad – especially on white clothing – but it’s really not that difficult to remove. So get out there and have fun – but be sure to keep some lemon juice, vinegar, and Breeze in your cupboards at home, just in case.