How To Remove Rust Stain From Bathtub Naturally

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Here is how to remove rust stains from a bathtub, when a slow water leaks leaves a rusty streak from your faucet down the tub.


Squeeze a lemon over the rust spot and cover the rusty areas with salt.

Next, let this mixture sit on the rusty area for three to four hours.

Finally, use a nylon scrubber to scrub the solution off, along with the rust stains.

The reason this home remedy works well is because of the acidity of the lemon, and the gentle abrasiveness of the salt.

Did you know there are lots of uses for lemons and salt for cleaning your home? You can check out more lemon juice uses here, and even more salt uses here. I'd also love it if you added some of your own uses, if you've got one!

In addition, there are even more tips for removing rust stains in your shower or tub below, including a tip for preventing some of these stains and a very popular natural recipe sent in by another reader.

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How To Prevent Rust Rings Caused By Shaving Gel Cans

Simple trick to prevent rust stains and rings on your bathtub or shower caused by shaving gel or cream cans {on Stain Removal 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Often the metal ring on the bottom of shaving gel and shaving cream cans can begin to rust with time, leaving rust rings in your bathtub or shower.

You can use the tips on this page to remove rings that have already occurred, but you can also prevent these stains from happening.

All you need to do is pain the bottom of the can with nail polish. Just use a color you don't like much, to get rid of it, and let it dry thoroughly before sitting it back in your shower.

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How To Clean Bathtub Rust Using Cream Of Tartar & Vinegar

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Delores says:

I had this nasty brown looking stain that was caused by the water dripping in the tub over a period of time.

I got the faucet fixed. No drip, but I still had an ugly stain.

Cleanser didn't even clean it.

I soaked part of the tub in Pinesol water, not trying to clean the stain and it lighted it a tiny bit.

Then, I added 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar + 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and made a paste. No more stain!

I was shocked. I just poured that mixture on the scrubby side of the sponge and I was prepared to scrub away but I didn't need to scrub.

I started to wipe it and voila, it was coming off easy peasy.

Cream of tartar is great stuff!

Taylor says:

Thanks for this tip Delores.

I would suspect the reason this homemade rust cleaning paste worked so well was because it is slightly acidic, which is the perfect way to remove these types of spots from your tub.

If you're not familiar with this slightly acidic powder check out my article on cream of tartar uses which explains what this stuff is, and all the miracle uses it can have in your home for cleaning and stain removal.

Of course, lots of people know of the miracles that vinegar can do as well. If you'd liked to see even more here are the vinegar uses from around the site that I've collected all in one place.

I'd also love to hear from anyone who has had success removing rust stains and spots from any surface. You can share your rust removal tips here or read others that have already been submitted.

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cream of tartar
by: Amber

If you have a bathtub that looks like that or a sink with coffee stains, fill it up with warm water and dump a whole container of cream of tartar in a bathtub and a couple teaspoons for a sink. let sit a min or will be the tub you have ever seen.

by: Anonymous

Shampoo and a nylon scrubby will do it as well. If it is really bad the natural version of The works will remove it. For severe stains use The Works toilet bowl cleaner. It will take it away immediately but isn't good for the porcelain.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
by: Brenda

The plumber was here recently (today) to fix a leak in my tub. I asked him for suggestions for cleaning iron stains out of my tub. He suggested Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. After reading the reviews of that product on this site, I am heading to the store to buy some.

I use citric acid
by: Lynda O'Brien

When I get a build up of rust stains around the drain of my tub I sprinkle citric acid on it and let it sit. Voila, stains gone.

by: Camy

I used straight hydrogen peroxide, & it removed the stain completely!!!

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