Natural Homemade Rust Remover Recipes

Here are several natural homemade rust remover recipes so you can safely, easily and cheaply remove rust from various types of surfaces.

Several natural homemade rust remover recipes, for both kitchen utensils, such as knives and cutlery, to larger objects such as tools and more. {on Stain Removal 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Several natural homemade rust remover recipes, for both kitchen utensils, such as knives and cutlery, to larger objects such as tools and more. {on Stain Removal 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

When certain metals are exposed to moisture and the elements for long periods of time they begin to rust.

Removing the rust quickly is important, before it causes too much damage to the item and makes it unusable.

Please note that I am making a distinction here between a rust remover and a rust stain remover.

Obviously, a rust remover actually removes the rust from the metal object that has become rusty.

A rust stain remover removes the stains that rust can leave behind from objects that themselves do not actually rust, like fabrics and fibers, porcelain, countertops, etc.

Below are recipes for rust removers you can make at home.

Remove Rust From Kitchen Utensils With A Potato



If you develop rust spots on your kitchen utensils a quick way to get rid of them is to cut a peeled (raw) potato and dip it in either baking soda or salt.

Next, rub the cut side of the potato which is covered in either the baking soda or salt abrasive over the rust spots.

After the rust is removed rinse thoroughly, and then dry thoroughly to avoid additional rust spots forming from the moisture.

Homemade Rust Remover For Metals

Several natural homemade rust remover recipes {on Stain Removal 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Ingredients and equipment:

  • White vinegar
  • Steel wool (without soap in it, such as Brillo steel wool balls)
  • Paper towels (for use with large rusty objects)
  • Small bowl or jar (for use with small rusty objects)


Alternative A: For Small Metal Objects

For any items that are small enough to be placed in a jar, fill a mason jar or other bowl with white vinegar and place the rusty items into the vinegar.

Let them soak in the vinegar for a couple of days to loosen the rust.

Next, remove the items from the vinegar and rinse them off. If the rust does not just brush off you can use steel wool to buff the loosened rust off.

Make sure you then dry the items thoroughly to prevent rust from reoccurring.

In fact, a reader did this exact thing, and she shared here how she used vinegar on some chains and they turned out great.

Alternative B: For Larger Metal Objects

For items that are too large to soak in vinegar you should instead soak paper towels in white vinegar and place the soaked paper towels over the rusty areas on the metal.

Hint: To keep the paper towel from drying out before the vinegar has a chance to adequately loosen the rust try wrapping the rusty area, and the paper towels covering it, with plastic wrap to help keep the vinegar from evaporating away as quickly.

Once the rust is loosened, after a couple hours or days, rub your steel wool on the rusty areas to remove the rust.

After removing the rust rinse the item thoroughly, and also dry thoroughly to prevent rust from reforming.

You may also want to apply a rust preventative paint to the object to help prevent rust from reoccurring.

Do You Have Your Own Rust Remover Recipe To Share?

I am sure there are other homemade rust remover recipes out there.

If you have one that works for you please submit your rust remover recipe here, or read others that have already been submitted.

Further, here are reviews of commercially available products that can also do the job if you decide you don't want to make your own.

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