Pesky rust stains in your sinks, tubs, and toilets are much more common than you may think. These kitchen and bathroom appliances don’t have to be old and deteriorating to form rust, in fact, there are many causes that can cause these amber stains to stick. Everything from metal bottles and cans sitting in a puddle of water, or a potentially leaky faucet can cause rust to form in almost any part of a tub or sink.
Fortunately, we have put together a list of DIY solutions to get rid of the rust forming on your kitchen or bathroom appliances. Continue reading to learn more!
Standard Chemical Cleaners for Removing Rust Stains
Certain store-bought chemicals like The Works or ZUD has been known to clean the toughest of rust and water stains on toilets, tubs, and sinks for decades. ZUD contains a blend of ground quartz and pumice abrasives along with oxalic aid to get rid of any lingering rust stains on appliance surfaces. Coming in the form of a powder substance, simply sprinkle the substance on the stain and soak in water for 60-90 minutes, then clean the area with a scrub brush for flawless results.
The Works is a cleaning solution that’s been around for over 50 years. Generally, it has been known as the leading toilet bowl cleaner, but you can use this liquid solution on everything from showerheads to sinks. Simply coat the rust stain and scrub with water and a brush.
Salt & Lemon Juice
This one is an old trick that has never went out of style! If you’re hesitant to use harsh sore-bought cleaning solutions, lemon juice and salt can also to the trick. By creating a wet paste using both ingredient, simply coat the rusted areas of your sink, tub, or toilet and let the mixture sit there for at least 15 minutes (you can let it sit for hours if you want!) then scrub with a hard bristled toothbrush.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
It seems that vinegar and baking soda is a cure all for just about everything from cloth stains to toilet cleaning. Like the lemon and salt trick, vinegar and baking soda have been combined to clean every product for what seems like forever, and unsurprisingly, it’s a perfect solution for removing rust stains from sink and tub surfaces.
Combine both the white vinegar with enough baking soda to thicken the solution. Then, grab a metal scrub brush or crinkle up a ball of aluminum foil to work at the rust stain until it’s completely gone. This is a great solution for anyone hesitant to use potentially harmful chemical cleaners.
Scrub Brush or Pad for Tough Rust Stains
While it may seem obvious that you’re going to want to use a scrub brush regardless of the cleaning solution, there are certain brands like ShawsPads and Pumie Scouring Stick that don’t require chemical cleaners to remove rust stains. Both include abrasive technology that instantly takes away the toughest of rust stains in a matter of minutes. You can add a little water to the brush or pad to lubricate the area, and scrub until you get the results you want!