How to Clean Rust Stains From Stainless Steel

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How to Clean Rust Stains From Stainless Steel
Sponges are your best friend when it comes to quick and efficient cleaning. (hand with sponge image by sparkia from

Nothing is more disheartening to a tidy housekeeper than stains. Rust residue on stainless steel appliances can be particularly bothersome. Not only are they unsightly for you to look at, but they can also be a source of embarrassment if you have guests over. If those stains have been getting you down, fret no more! With a combination of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and a little determination, those stains will be gone in no time.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Sponge or clean rag
  • Measuring cup
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Measure 2 cups of water and pour it into the bucket.

  2. 2

    Measure 1 cup of white vinegar and add it to the water in the bucket.

  3. 3

    Measure 1 cup of lemon juice and add it to the vinegar and water mixture, stirring if needed to ensure that the components are well blended.

  4. 4

    Spread your cleaning solution over the stainless steel surface that has the rust stain with a sponge or clean rag, and allow the mixture to sit on the surface for 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Use a rag or sponge to wipe away the rust stains. The rust should begin to come off the surface quickly.

  6. 6

    Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water. Repeat the process as needed for extensive or stubborn stains.

Tips and warnings

  • There are naturally occurring acids in both the lemon juice and vinegar that help to lift the rust stains, so you don't want to let this solution sit on any stainless steel surfaces for too long.

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