To remove rust with household items, scrub the rust with an abrasive product, such as a wire brush or sandpaper, then apply household rust removers like lime, baking soda, vinegar, a potato or soda. Commercial rust-removal products are more effective, but household products work in a pinch.
Gather as many supplies as possible before removing rust. When one doesn't work, another might.
- Scrub the rust
- Apply household products
Use an abrasive product to scrub the rust. The stains will flake off the surface, making the base more vulnerable to the next step.
A paste made from baking soda and water might remove rust. Distilled white vinegar is also a popular rust remover. Scrubbing the rust with a peeled potato or soaking it in soda can finish the job.