Now that spring is here, you may be ready to start working in your garden. But what about those rusty tools? Before you rush out to the store to buy new ones or reach into the cupboard for rust remover, consider using this homemade rust removal technique.
- Make sure your tools are free of any dirt, grass or leaves left over from last season’s gardening.
- If the rusty object is large, like a shovel or hoe, spray or dab it with undiluted white vinegar. If the object is small, like a pair of clippers, you can simply submerge it in the vinegar.
- Allow the vinegar to soak in for 30 minutes. Then, rinse the object off, and dry thoroughly.
- Repeat the process, if rust remains.
- Note: Objects may appear black after being soaked in vinegar or lemon juice, but should return to their original color after being rinsed in water.
Source: Oregon Environmental Council