Has rust taken over your tools? You may be able to salvage them with items from home.
As you’re getting ready to tackle that gardening project or home repair, you discover that some of your prized tools have since accumulated some rust. Before you go to huck them in the trash or bust out the heavy-duty rust-busting chemicals, there are a few safer avenues. Yep, you likely have the ingredients for helping remove rust right under your sink!
Whether you need to add some tang to a marinade or clean your garden shears, white vinegar is your friend. While the foot-scented liquid won’t strip rust off of your wrenches an industrial chemical, it can make the manual process a little bit easier.
If your rusty tools put you in the mood for a margarita, the ingredients to remedy one while taking care of the other may be in the same section of your fridge.
If you’re looking for “baking soda paste” at the store, you won’t find it. However, it’s pretty easy to make yourself.
America’s favorite soft drink is also one of the country’s favorite heavy-duty cleaners. The reason this works so well on everything from car bumpers to toilet bowls is due to its phosphoric acid content. While it remains safe to drink (unless you have qualms with soft drinks), it’s also robust enough to dissolve stains and rust from all sorts of surfaces.
We at Expert Dumpster have not personally tested any of these rust-removal methods. (We pride ourselves at keeping our tools rust-free through regular preventative maintenance, but that’s by no means a judgment call on you—we’re demolition professionals, after all). However, in the spirit of safety, we thought we’d recommend these home remedies for rusty tools before recommending more dangerous chemicals and solutions. Remember to stay safe!