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To clean rusty tools, mix citric acid with water, immerse the tools, scrape off the rust, dip the tools in diluted baking soda, and dry them with a towel. This procedure takes several hours and requires citric acid, water, plastic tubs, a plastic brush, gloves, goggles, baking soda and towels.


Rusty well water is caused when rainwater seeps through iron-rich rock and enters the aquifer. It can also be caused when the iron casing of the well or the water pipes in the well start to rust. Though the iron discolors the water, it is not necessarily unsafe to drink.


To clean with vinegar, mix together one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Test the solution on a small area, and then spray the entire surface to be cleaned. Wait a minute for the cleaner to loosen dirt, and wipe with a soft cloth.


To clean rusty chrome, wash the chrome surface with chrome cleaner, scrub the rust off the surface using steel wool dampened with chrome polish, and rinse the surface. Gather steel wool, chrome cleaner, chrome polish, soft rags and rubber gloves to complete this task.


Outdoor paint works well on rusty steel, as do matte, semi-gloss and gloss finish paints. Brush, roll or spray two coats of paint onto the metal after removing the existing rust and applying a primer. Using a brush helps to ensure that the paint gets into every crevice on the object, while spray pai


White vinegar is a popular household cleaner because of its high level of acidity and multiple uses. It can kill mold, bacteria and some germs.


Vinegar is useful for cleaning both the outside and inside of an iron. Scorch marks on the base, or soleplate, of the iron are scrubbed off with a combination of equal parts warmed vinegar and salt. After the soleplate is scoured, remaining deposits are wiped with a clean, water-dampened cloth.


To clean a window with vinegar, mix vinegar with tap water, spray or sponge the solution onto the window, and wipe it off with newspaper. Solution strengths range from 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water to full-strength white vinegar, with a higher concentration of vinegar providing strong


Wood furniture is cleaned with a solution of 1 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Pour the solution onto a soft cleaning cloth, and gently work it into the wood grain. Hardwood flooring is cleaned with a solution of 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Use a mop or wipe the floor


There are no recognized side effects of drinking rusty water. The Environmental Protection Agency states that rusty water is safe to drink unless it has also been contaminated with unrelated substances. There are no enforceable federal limits on the amount of rust in drinking water.