How to Clean Rust in Eco-Friendly Ways

A few of my friend’s bobby pins had fallen out of her hair and were on the bottom of my bathtub. We were in a hurry to get to her Grandma and Grandpa’s anniversary party. This was a weekend event. I never even thought about picking the bobby pins up. Worry about it when I get back is what I thought. Okay, neither of us considered they are metal in a damp tub. So, what do we end up with?

Rust.

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And it really happened just that fast. Three days later there it was. And there are chemicals that can remove rust, but we have been cleaning in a green way in both our homes for so long, it just feels weird to buy some non-friendly chemical.

So, I decided to turn to the only place that might have the answer. You guessed it. The internet! Someone out there must have the solution. Turns out a lot of people have solutions. They’ve done the experiments, and now I’m researching their work.

This does work. I compiled the best solutions for getting rid of rust and they’re all eco-friendly.

I’ll start with a Stainless Steel Sink. You will need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Aluminum Foil

Spray the area with the vinegar, then sprinkle on the baking soda. It will create a foam. Crumble the foil into a ball and use it to scrub the rust away.

For my Bathtub this is what worked me:

  • A Lime
  • Salt

Believe it or not it was just this simple. Sprinkle the salt over the rust stain. Then cut the lime in half. Squeeze lime juice over the salt until it is soaking. Then use the lime to scrub the stain out.

After seeing small amounts of rust in other places in my home I did try other solutions. Another one I found that worked was:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • A Toothbrush

Once again, the most simple stuff. Place about half a cup of baking soda into a bowl. Stir in just enough water until it forms a paste. Use the toothbrush to scrub the paste onto the rust. It takes a little elbow grease, but this is great for small rust problems.

These have all worked for me and I hope they work for you too! If you’re looking for a great cleaning service to take care of your home’s other needs and you happen to be in the Denver area, I suggest getting a deep cleaning in Denver. Happy cleaning!

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