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Everyday Maintenance: How to Remove Rust from Metal

Rust is a common problem found in most homes.  It commonly occurs on things like shower heads, pots, pans, serving utensils and furniture.  Rust is a very normal electrochemical process that occurs when iron, oxygen and water combine.  It appears visually as a reddish brownish flaky coating.

While it can be quite problematic in some circumstances, most rusting that occurs around the house can be easily combated with some elbow grease and non-toxic household products.

Here is a list of different ways you can tackle rust in your home:

  1. Baking Soda

Add water to dry baking soda powder till you have a thick paste.  Cover the area of metal that has rusted with the paste and leave it for 30-45mins.  Using a small brush like a toothbrush, scrub off rust.

  1. White Vinegar

Depending on the size of your object, there are a few ways you can use white vinegar to get rid of rust.  If small enough, soak the entire metal object in white vinegar for few hours.  Then remove and scrub off the rusty paste that forms.  If your object is larger, rather than soak the whole thing, soak a rag with vinegar and wipe it over your object.

  1. Lime & Salt

Coat the rusted area in salt and juice a lime over it.  Let this sit for a few hours and the scrub off.  You can substitute the lime for a lemon.

  1. Potato & Dish Soap

Slice a potato in half and dip the cut end in some dishwashing soap.  Rub this over the rusted area of the item until the rust is gone.  Rinse and dry the item when you’re done.

 

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