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  • Rashmeet Kaur
  • Editorial, 07 Mar 2022, 11:44 IST

Get Rid Of Rust From Kitchen Metal Tools With These Tricks

If your kitchen knives and scissors have started to gather rust spots then, these natural ways will help in restoring them to their original shine.
  • Rashmeet Kaur
  • Editorial, 07 Mar 2022, 11:44 IST
Image Courtesy: The Kitchnkitchen metal tools rust removal main

Do metal tools in your kitchen often turn ugly? Whether you have accidentally left your kitchen knives or scissors out in the dishwasher, or soaking in water in your sink, you’ll definitely encounter a nasty surprise with rust on your tools.

Now, rust is basically the end result of the oxidation of iron. In simple terms, if you combine iron, water, and air, you get rust! Any metal which comprises of iron is prone to rust. And yes, including stainless steel!

Though, you can’t always prevent the formation of rust from the metal tools but you can definitely get rid of it in a few minutes! How?

There are several methods for removing this nasty reddish-orange flaky substance, and fortunately, you can find the ingredients for trying these tricks in your kitchen.

Let’s get started!

Potato And Salt

potato rust removal

Surprised? Don’t be! The humble potato can be the answer to your rust problem. Let us tell you that all potatoes contain oxalic acid, which is a key ingredient in many laundry detergents and other cleaning products. This can easily eliminate rust from your metal tools.

Raw potato can make an effective toxic-free rust removal trick when paired with your regular salt. Salt further acts as a mild abrasive to help scrape off the rust when it dissolves.


  • Take a potato and cut it in half.
  • Sprinkle salt over the cut side of the potato.
  • Then, rub the cut side of the salted potato over the affected area.
  • Rinse the kitchen tool off with water and it should be as good as new.
  • Make sure to dry it with a soft cloth before using or storing it.

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Baking Soda 

baking soda rust removal

To remove the rust from your kitchen tools, using baking soda is one of the most effective ways.

It can work wonders especially, on items with light rust stains or tools made out of thin metal. Following this trick won’t take much of your time and effort. Isn’t it cool? Take a look at this method.


  • First, start by wiping down and cleaning your kitchen tool properly so that dust doesn’t interfere in the rust removal process. 
  • Then, start preparing your baking soda paste. For this, add equal parts of baking soda and water to a bowl.
  • Mix both the ingredients well and form a thick paste.
  • Next, spread the paste all over the affected area.
  • Let it sit on the object for about an hour.
  • Rinse off the kitchen tool.
  • Finally, make sure to dry the object with a clean and soft piece of cloth. 

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White Vinegar

white vinegar rust removal

Is there anything white vinegar can't clean? We don’t think so! 

White Vinegar actually contains a substance called acetic acid which is known for attacking rust from metal, especially knives and scissors. But do remember, don’t use any other types of vinegar as they may leave stains on your affected tool.


  • First, pour some white vinegar into a large bowl and submerge the affected kitchen tool. If the rusted tool is too large to do this step, then, you can spray the vinegar over the affected area.
  • Soak the object for about 10 minutes.  
  • Then, pull the metal tool out of the bowl, and gently use a brush to scrape off any remaining surface rust.
  • Rinse it off with water, and dry it thoroughly with a soft and clean cloth.

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