How to Get Rust Out of a Sink

Updated February 21, 2017

Sinks in the kitchen and bathroom are susceptible to rust. Housekeeping includes regular cleaning of the sinks and removal of any rust that forms. Getting rid of any rust around the drain or on the hardware is important to keep the rust from spreading. If left untreated, the advanced rust can creates holes in the hardware. This leads to replacement of the hardware, which can be costly. There are a few easy ways to remove rust from the sink that involve materials most people have in their homes.

Scrub off the rust around the drain and on the faucet and handles with a steel wool pad. Removing the surface rust may be all that is needed. Other products to use are a kitchen scrubbing pad. An old tooth brush is useful for hard to reach areas on the hardware. Rinse out the sink to wash away any rust residue.

Make a paste. Combine two parts table salt with one part lime juice in a bowl. Make a paste. Apply the paste to the rust stains in the sink with a scrubbing pad. Saturate all areas of rust. The Earth Easy website suggest leaving the paste on for two to three hours. Use bottled lime juice or squeeze the juice from a fresh lime. The ascetic acid eats away at the rust. The table salt has an abrasive action.

Clean the area. Use a scrubbing pad or steel wool pad to scrub at the rust removing paste. Use circular motions to get rid of the rust. Wet a sponge or paper towel to wipe the sink clean. Rinse out the sink with warm water to flush away the paste and the rust.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel wool, scrubbing pad or old tooth brush
  • Lime juice
  • Table salt
  • Sponge or paper towel
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