How to Remove Rust With Household Items

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Rust around the house takes away from the beauty of your home and can lead to further and more serious damage. Fortunately, you can whip up a concoction to clean up most of those rust stains using common household items. Read on for two easy rust removal home remedies.

Start by dropping 1 tsp. of cream of tartar into your mixing bowl along with 1/4 cup of baking soda.

Complete the recipe by adding enough hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste, using your stick or spatula to mix and create the proper consistency.

Rub the paste onto the rusted area and leave it on for 30 minutes. You can use the spatula or a cloth to work with the paste.

Use the damp sponge to wipe the paste away. The rust will come off with it.


  • Hydrogen peroxide may not be safe for all surfaces due to its bleaching and corrosive properties. Some people are also sensitive to it. In these cases, there is a milder paste you an make using a cup of Borax and lemon juice from 1 lemon. This paste will not be quite as effective and will require more applications, but it is safe on all surfaces, as well around people, children and pets.


  • Some rust stains are going to be older and more stubborn than others, so do not be discouraged if you do not produce your desired results after the first application. This particular recipe is stronger than some others, but you may still need to repeat the steps for best results on the most severe stains.

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Flint, Mich., writer and realtor Cin Langston does not have to look far for inspiration. She began writing professionally in 2005, primarily in the areas of real estate, family and parenting, women's issues, and health and wellness. She maintains a family and parenting blog and contributes regularly to sites like eHow, ChangingStreets.com, and Made Man.

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