How to remove rust from metal?
Rust is unfortunately almost impossible to avoid on metal. Whether it’s on garden tools, old screwdrivers or even on the car, there are a few tips and products to easily get rid of it.
So today I’m showing you some of the tricks that I personally use at home to remove rust from metal.
1. Naturally remove rust from metal
A first 100% natural trick to easily remove rust from iron and other metals is the one based on salt and lemon.
Very simple, here is how to succeed with this anti-rust trick:
- Mix lemon juice with table salt in a bowl.
- Dip a rag or brush into the mixture and scrub the rust.
- Rinse with a damp cloth and dry the metal well to finish.
I do not recommend this trick to remove rust from a car, but to remove rust stains on iron gardening tools for example.
2. Another grandma’s trick for cleaning rust off metal
You love our grandma hacks so why not give this other baking soda rust hack a try!
- In a bowl add baking soda and white vinegar.
- Mix well and form a paste, adjusting the quantity of ingredients as needed.
- Apply the cleaning paste directly to the rusted metal and let it work.
- Then scrub the metal with a brush, rinse and dry the metal well.
I haven’t tested it, but it seems that soda ash is also effective in removing rust from iron.
3. Soak rusted metal in vinegar
For garden tools and other (worthless) iron and metal things, rust can be removed by soaking them in different solutions, including white vinegar.
- Fill a bowl with white vinegar and soak the rusty metal object.
- Leave on until the rust comes off the metal, rinse and dry.
You can also use a brush or crumpled aluminum foil to scrub and remove any remaining rust stains.
Remove rust with coke!
If you prefer, you can also soak the rusty iron in a bowl filled with coke. It is also if not more effective than white vinegar.
4. Remove rust from tools naturally
A « weird » and improbable home remedy for removing rust from tools is to use an onion and some sugar.
I have personally tested this trick on old rusty tools and it works! 🙂
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the rust and rub the tool with a piece of onion.
- Repeat, adding a little more sugar as needed for tools with a lot of rust.
To do this anti-rust trick, you can replace the powdered sugar with salt or even baking soda and replace the onion with a potato cut in half.
5. Prevent rust from forming on metal with WD-40
Finally, now that you know how to remove rust stains from metal, it is important to protect your iron and metal objects and tools.
WD-40 to protect the metal from rust:
Some iron and metal objects can be protected from rust by applying WD-40. Simply spray the product on the metal and rub with a dry cloth to spread and protect the metal.