How to Get Rust Out of Clothes From the Washing Machine

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How to Get Rust Out of Clothes From the Washing Machine
Your clothes can be stain-free in no time. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

It can be hard to diagnose where a rust stain on clothes originated. However, if you notice the rust stain on an article of clothing after you take it out of the washing machine, do not put it in the dryer. This will set the stain. You can still remove the rust stain as long as you use the right cleaning techniques.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Pour a cap full of straight white vinegar. White vinegar is the best type to use for rust stains on fabrics.

  2. 2

    Pour the contents of the cap onto the rust stains on your clothes. Diluted vinegar will not work as well.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle a generous helping of table salt onto the vinegar. Pour enough to completely cover the stain.

  4. 4

    Use your finger to work the salt gently into the fabric.

  5. 5

    Let the clothes dry completely. If possible, this method will be more effective if the clothes can dry in the sun.

  6. 6

    Launder the clothes with washing powder once the vinegar is totally dry. This should completely remove the rust stains.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the clothing out of the dryer until you make sure the rust stains can no longer be seen.

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