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You Can Use These Kitchen Items To Get Rid Of Rust

Keep your trusty metal tools in good condition

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Home tools and equipment are commonly and regularly used in Filipino homes. Whatever kind of tool they may be, it is always important to keep these in great condition. Unfortunately, metal tools are vulnerable to build-up of rust, which can cause damage and disintegration to these. But no need to worry or to buy new tools—there are easy ways to keep rust build-up at bay using condiments and even food items we can find at home. Here are some easy, fool-proof ways to get rid of rust on your trusty metal tools.


Lemon and salt

Coat your metal item with a generous amount of salt, then squeeze some lemon or lime juice over it. Let this mixture sit, then use the lemon or lime rind to scrub away the rust. If the rust doesn’t come off, repeat the steps and let the mixture sit for 1-2 hours, until the rust is all gone.

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Citric acid

First, get some hot water, then add 2-3 tablespoons of citric acid to it. Submerge your metal item into the solution overnight, then the next morning, use a brush to scrub off any remaining rust. Afterwards, rinse the item, then pat it dry.


Baking soda

To use baking soda to get rid of rust, follow this procedure: Rinse the metal item with water then shake the liquid off. Dust it with baking soda, making sure to cover each rusted part, then leave it for about an hour. Afterwards, use a steel wool or a metal brush to remove the dust (or a scouring pad, if you’re cleaning a pan), then rinse the item again and dry with a towel.

White vinegar

Here's how to use this kitchen condiment to get rid of rust: Submerge your metal item in white vinegar, let it sit overnight, then remove and clean it with a metal brush or a steel wool. If the item cannot be submerged, you can wrap it with vinegar-soaked rags instead.

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Potato and dish soap

Who would have thought this vegetable and this common cleaning liquid could be used together? All you need to do is to cut the potato in half, slather its flesh with dishwashing soap, then use the potato as a scouring pad to erase the rust on your metal item.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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