How to remove rust from your motorcycle exhaust

Updated April 17, 2017

Nothing ruins that beauty of your gleaming motorcycle like ugly rust stains on your exhaust. Not only is rust hard on the eyes, but it’s also hard on any surface with which it comes into contact. Remove rust as soon as possible, so it doesn’t spread and cause permanent damage. Before you run out to purchase those toxic and expensive store-bought rust removers, try using a natural cleaning solution. This rust removal method is safe and inexpensive.

Fill a spray bottle with 295ml. of white vinegar.

Add 3 tsp of baking soda to the white vinegar.

Spray and saturate the rust stains completely with the vinegar mixture.

Use a scrub brush to work the vinegar into the rust stain.

Spray another round of the vinegar solution onto the rust.

Let the vinegar-soaked rust stains sit for approximately 45 minutes.

Use a clean, dry towel to wipe away the rust and any remaining vinegar residue.

Repeat if needed.


If you don’t have baking soda available, use just the white vinegar, or replace the baking soda with cream of tartar.


Be sure to use only white vinegar for this cleaning method. Using different types of vinegar may cause stains or discolouration.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • 295ml. white vinegar
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • Scrub brush
  • Clean, dry towel
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Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.