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7 Must-Haves To Help Remove Rust

Bring back the sparkle of your must-haves with these trusty picks

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Photography: Lamsaah (Main Photo)

It's inevitable for some of our household items to become rusted given the exposure to different elements. Unless you're a fan of old world-inspired must-haves, you may want to breathe new life into your pieces with a few items you have at home. Gather all your rusty essentials and work with these: 

1. Potato and Dishwashing Liquid

Potatoes have oxalic acid that can help dissolve rust. To use it, cut a potato in half then dip it into a bowl of dishwashing liquid. Rub the dipped potato against the piece. Continue the process of cutting and dipping until the rust is completely removed. Rinse the item and let it dry. You can also use this hack when cleaning pans, knives, and other tools.

2. White Vinegar

The acid in vinegar can dissolve rust. For small items like screws, soak them in vinegar for a day or so. Wipe these knickknacks using a rag afterwards.

3. Aluminum Foil

When working with chrome pieces, you can use aluminum foil. Clean your piece, then prepare medium-sized foil sheets. Crumple it loosely into a ball—leaving some air pockets and a good work surface area. Rub the foil ball against the rusty parts. Once done, rinse the item carefully. 

4. Salt and Lime

Sprinkle a bit of salt on the rusted parts of your item, then follow it up with a squeeze of lime. Let it soak and leave the mixture to sit for two to three hours before scrubbing it off with the lime rind.

5. Baking Soda

We can no longer doubt the magic of baking soda. Mix it with water to make a paste, then apply it to the rusty object. Leave it for a few hours before scrubbing with a brush. See the rust loosen and come off easily.

6. Cream of Tartar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Create a paste by mixing cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Apply the mixture to the rusty item, then scrub it with a brush before rinsing it clean.

7. Tamarind Water

Fill a pot with water then add a few ripe tamarinds. Bring it to a boil, and once the heat is manageable, dip a soft cloth into the pot. Use it to scrub rusty pieces. Leave it for a few minutes before using a soft cloth to scrub it clean. Make sure you wash and dry the item properly as tamarind water is acidic and may cause metal to corrode.

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