4 Ways to remove rust using household items

We tend to think that when an object starts getting rusty, there’s no turning back and its eventually gonna end up in the trash. However, there are some really good homemade tricks to remove those stubborn rust stains that end up growing worse over time. We are gonna some you some of these techniques that are not only very easy, but quite cheap because chances are you already have all the ingredients at home already.

White vinegar


It is the strongest of all types of vinegars. The composition of this kitchen ingredient used to spice up salads, is able to react with the rust, removing it from metals. In order to remove the rust stain, put the rusty object in a bowl, drizzle it with white vinegar and let it work it’s magic while you go through with your day – the time will depend on the metal and how bad the rust is. After you notice the rust clearing up, scrub and wash off the object and it will be as good as new.

Lemon and salt


The combination of these two elements can also remove the rust. Start by putting the rusty object in a flat, ventilated surface. Then coat the rust stain entirely with a think layer of salt. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the salt, making sure to cover the entire portion you want to clean. Allow the solution to react with the rust for one to three hours. Finally, use the lemon peel as a cloth to wipe the object clean and remove the stain.

Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate)


Mix baking soda with a little bit of water in a bowl making a thick paste. Take the object you want to clean and cover the stain with the baking soda mixture and let it sit until it dries. You can then remove the larger pieces of the dough with your hands and brush off the rest. Then, scrub the object to remove all of the rust.

Potatoes and salt


Yes. Potatoes. It is not a widely known fact, but potatoes have about the same amount of oxalic acid as most commercial products to remove rust (that also contain toxic chemicals and ingredients). To remove rust stains cut the potato in half, take one of them and simply rub the rust on the surface the object you want to clean. Then sprinkle a little salt on the rusty surface. Use the other half of the potato to rub the stain again on top of the salt. When the rust is gone, simply clean and dry your object.

Besides being easy to do, these homemade “recipes” to remove the rust, are simple, economical and effective. All that remains for you is you choose one you like best and begin to recover those old objects that have been hiding in the garage.