How to treat rusted metal

Updated February 21, 2017

If you find rust spots on your metal objects, you do not have to use chemicals to clean them off. You can safely clean away rust using natural household objects, including baking soda. If rust is left on metal it can eat away at the surface causing pits and holes. You should remove rust from metal at the first signs of oxidation to keep metal objects in good condition.

Mix together 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of water in a small bowl until they form a paste.

Use a rag to apply the baking soda paste to the rusted area of metal.

Crumple up a small ball of tin foil in your hands about the size of a golf ball.

Scrub the baking soda paste into the rusted metal using the tin foil ball as a scrubbing pad.

Wipe the baking soda paste and loose rust off of the metal with a damp rag.

Repeat the process with fresh paste and a new ball of tin foil, if necessary.

Dry the metal with a clean rag when finished

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp water
  • Small bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Clean damp rag
  • Crumpled sheets of aluminium foil
  • Paper towel
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Jonathan Shaffer has been a freelance writer and blogger since 1999. He has written concert reviews for prominent music blogs and magazines, including "Connections Magazine" in Orlando, Fla. Shaffer holds an Associate of Science in the recording arts from Full Sail University and is working on a Bachelor of Business from Valencia College.