cleaning pots and pans with baking soda
Written by Alan Win

You find it on your tools, bike handles, your pipes, your car, even your utensils especially after the rainy season or snowy winter. So, how to get rid of it? We have some easy ways to clean rusted utensils.

What is Rust?

Rust occurs when the metal surface gets in prolonged contact with water. This occurs in the presence of oxygen and the process is called oxidation. In this process, the metal corrodes, and a layer of a reddish-brown substance known as rust appears.

However, the best way to protect from rust is to prevent it by keeping metal surfaces dry. Of course, this is not all that easy. You can buy rust removal products. However, these may contain toxic chemicals that are both bad for the environment and young children and pets. There are many safer solutions. Also, the best part is that you probably have all the things you need for them at home.


Some unique cleaning Ideas

Here are some safe and easy rust removing tricks. So, read on and get rid of rust on your items.

1. Scrub

To begin with, you can simply scrub in order to remove rust. Also, make use of steel wool, sandpaper, a wire brush, or a crumpled up ball of tin foil. In case the metal has not rusted too deeply, a little grease will be of much help. However, if the rust is deep, it is always better to eliminate outer flakes of the rust first, before you employ other methods. This is an easy way to remove rust from metal.

2. White Vinegar

For more stubborn rust, try white vinegar. The acetic acid found in this common household product is acidic enough to dissolve the rust. For instance, you can soak smaller utensils. Later, wipe it with an old cloth. Also, you can pour it directly over rust spots. Make sure you rinse items thoroughly after the rust has dissolved. Since vinegar left on the metal can damage the surface. In this way you can easily clean rusted utensils.

3. Lemon Juice

For ages, lemon juice has been used as a well-known natural cleaner. It works for rust, as well. You will also need salt in this process. Initially, rub salt all over on the rusted areas you want clean. Once it has been coated, cut a lemon into half and squeeze its juice onto the salt coated surface. You can also make use of limes. Now, leave this salt and lemon juice mixture on the item for about two hours. Later, scrub it off. For tougher stains, use steel wool. If you want to avoid scratching the metal, use a soft-bristle brush. However, you will have to scrub a lot harder when you use a gentler tool. this is a quick and easy way to remove rust.

4. Remove rust using baking soda.

Use of baking soda is an easy way to clean rusty tools. Firstly, make a paste by mixing it with water. Make sure it is thick enough to stick to the surface. Let it settle for a while and then scrub it off. Try to use a wire brush or steel wool. You can also make use of a toothbrush in order to scrub the baking soda off. Later rinse with water. However, you will have to repeat this process a few times. Use this easy way to remove rust from stainless steel.

5. Using cola

Isn’t it simply amazing, that cola can remove rust. If you have happened to drop a coin in a glass of Coke, you would have noticed that it came out clean. Cola and many other soft drinks contain high levels of dissolved phosphoric acid. This is a common ingredient in store-bought rust removal agents. So, this can be used to clean rusted utensils and tools. However, later on you will have to put in extra efforts in cleaning up as it is so sticky.

6. A potato and dish-washer soap

Initially, cut the potato into two halves. Now, cover the cut end with dish soap. This chemical reaction makes it easier to remove rust from the cookware. Place the potato piece on the metal and wait for a few hours.

In order to reapply, simply cut off the used end of the potato, add another coat of soap, let it soak into the metal. In case you don’t have dish soap, make use of baking soda and water instead of potato and soap formula.

7. Oxalic acid.

For this method, you will need––rubber gloves, goggles, and protective some clothing. You must not smoke or directly inhale the fumes of the acid.

Firstly, wash the rusted utensil with some liquid soap and rinse. Dry carefully. Now, mix about 25ml of oxalic acid with 250ml of warm water. Note- one teaspoon contributes 5 ml.

Immerse the item for approx 20 minutes. Later, clean down the item with a clean cloth or brass brush. Rinse completely and dry the item.

Implement these tips and you will surely get shiny utensils with nothing to worry about.

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