Every once in awhile, my husband and I begin to notice rust stains on our stainless steel knives. Always eager to avoid chemicals, I decided to try to find a natural cleaning solution to our problem. I found a few methods and gave them a try…
3 Natural Cleaning Products for Removing Rust
- Vinegar. It’s been said that cleaning the spots with vinegar will help. I tried this first and didn’t have any luck. However, I wonder if soaking them in vinegar would do the trick… I was too impatient to wait and see.
- Lemon Juice. I read conflicting advice on this one. Some say that slicing a lemon (or using lemon juice) will help get rid of rust spots. Others have said that stainless steel shouldn’t be exposed to a lot of citrus. I didn’t try it, so I will led you decide on this one.
- Baking Soda. With this method, you make a thick paste of baking soda and water then scrub the rust away with a cloth or sponge. I tried it and it worked great. No more rust! I was very pleased to have my spotless knives back again.
Obviously, preventing the whole rust situation in the first place is the preferred method. There are a few other things to keep in mind while caring for stainless steel:
- Avoid washing in the dishwasher. Hand washing and drying immediately is the preferred method.
- Avoid using chlorine or other bleach cleansers.
- Avoid cleaning with steel-wool pads (i.e. SOS pads, etc)
What tricks have you found for removing rust from stainless steel?