How to Remove Rust From a Washing Machine

Written by sabrina ashley
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While having a washing machine in your home is convenient, it also adds to the housecleaning chores. Washing machines are made of metal and, after awhile, the protective coating on the machine starts to wear away. In the humid area of the laundry room the metal combines with the moisture in the air and rust starts to form. Remove the rust as soon as it appears or the rust will stain your clean clothes. Removing rust from a washing machine is easier if you clean it at the first sign of rust.

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Things you need

  • Steel wool or scrubbing pad
  • Mineral oil
  • Lime juice
  • Table salt
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Unplug the washing machine. Disconnect the appliance from the electrical power before cleaning for your own safety.

  2. 2

    Scrub away the surface rust. Use a steel wool pad or a scrubbing pad to get rid of all the rust inside the tub and on the exterior of the machine.

  3. 3

    Use mineral oil for tougher stains. Apply a little to a paper towel, and apply it on all the rust in the washing machine. Wait 10 to 30 minutes. Scrub the rust off with a scrubbing pad or steel wool. Wipe away the rust and oil with a dry paper towel.

  4. 4

    Create a rust remover paste. Make a paste of 1 part lime juice and 2 parts table salt. Apply the mixture to the rust stains with a paper towel. Leave it on for 2 to 3 hours suggests Earth Easy in its article “Non-Toxic Home Cleaning.” Scrub the paste into the rust stains with steel wool or a scrubbing pad. Wipe off the paste and rust with a damp cloth or paper towel. Dry the exterior areas.

  5. 5

    Use the rinse cycle of the machine. Plug the washing machine in. Use the rinse cycle to clean off any residue that remains in the tub.

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