How To Clean Rust Off Metal

If you have any utensils or pots and pans around the house, you will inevitably want to know how to clean rust off metal products in your home. Rust is a common chemical reaction which can become both a persistent annoyance and a potential health hazard as well. Fortunately, it isn't difficult to clean rust off metal products, nor does it have to be expensive. In fact, you can remove rust with certain cheap and abundantly available non-toxic household chemicals.

You will need one or more of the following:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  • Scouring pad or abrasive sponge
  • Coca Cola
  • Paper towels
  1. Use white vinegar. Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it over the metal surface where you see rust forming. Use a scouring pad to rub the vinegar into the rust stain. Spray more vinegar over the spot and let it sit for 90 minutes to two hours. Rinse the affected area and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. If any rust remains, repeat until it is all gone.

  2. Borax and lemon juice. Combine one cup of lemon juice and a half a cup of Borax in a bowl. Mix the ingredients and spread over the afflicted metal surface. Wait about an hour for it to settle and lift up the rust. After this, rinse it off and dry with a cloth.

  3. Baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the rust patch and let it sit. After 45 minutes, scrub off the baking soda and rust, rinse and wipe dry.

  4. Coca Cola. Soak a paper towel in a cup of Coca Cola and rub it over the rust spot to remove it. You can also place rusted utensils in a cup of Coca Cola and leave it overnight. Wipe them clean in the morning.


  • If you're using Coca Cola to clean rust off metal objects, use a glass cup if you want to observe how it works.

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