8 Home Remedies for Rust Stains | Q&A

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Q: Grandma, How do you remove iron stains from clothes? My husband works at a factory and I have to deal with stains every time I wash our clothes. I can’t remove it with ordinary detergent.

A: Dear P, Normally, when iron begins to corrode, it forms rust, a substance that often causes unsightly brownish stains. Rust stains can be very challenging to get rid of because the stain is made up of tiny iron oxide particles, plus some treatments actually set the stain rather than remove it.

Rust stain is a common problem experienced by almost anyone. This is the reason why you can check out some of grandma’s helpful home remedies for rust stains to get rid of your iron rust stain problems. These are discussed below.

Home Remedies for Rust Stains


1. White Vinegar – White vinegar contains acidic components that can remove iron rust stains with ease. Apply white vinegar on a cotton ball swab and scrub it to the stain. As you scrub the stain, you will notice the rust transferring to the cotton. When most of the rust is gone, rinse the area thoroughly. If you see any remains, repeat the process. [1]

2. Cream of Tartar – It can also enable the removal of iron rust from clothing. Mix the product with small amounts of water, making a paste, rub it liberally to the stain and allow it to set for a few moments. Utilizing a damp washcloth or sponge, carefully rub the stained area and then rinse with clear water. The stain should be lifted after one or two applications.

3. Baking Soda – Apply baking soda mixed with water into rusty stains and let it soak for 5-8 minutes. Then, scrub the stain; repeat the procedure until there are no remains of rust stains and rinse. Dry the object afterwards. [2]

4. Borax and Lemon – Combine borax and lemon juice to make a paste then apply and work on spot with a brush thoroughly on the stain. Rinse well. Borax when added with lemon is among many effective home remedies for rust stains.

5. Lemon Juice and Salt – Combine 2 tablespoon of salt to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice then rub into area. For clothing rust stain, try treating with a 50/50 mixture of lemon juice and water. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing. [3]

6. Alcohol – Rubbing Alcohol when used in generous amounts can remove rust stains. Rub into area and rinse well with clean water.

7. Fine Steel Wool – In the case of cast iron cookware that are affected by rust stains, sprinkle scouring powder over the rust and drizzle a bit of liquid detergent , then scrub the rusted parts of the cast iron cookware. Rinse and make sure to pat it dry to prevent rust from coming back.

8. Rhubarb Method – Select a pot large enough to hold water and the affected garment. Fill the pot 3/4’s full with water. Put rhubarb stalks towards the pot. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes. Get rid of the cooked rhubarb, but do not throw the water. Put the stained garment in the rhubarb water and allow it to soak. Once the stain is gone, remove the garments from the water and wash as normal. [4]


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