Introduction: Removing Rust With Baking Soda

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Baking soda is readily available in every household and can remove rust effectively. Before reaching for harsh chemicals, try baking soda.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Scrubing pad
  • Rusty object

Step 1: Sprinkle Baking Soda on Rusted Areas

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Apply some water onto the object you want to remove the rust from. sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto the wet area. the baking soda should stick to the wet areas. with some gentle taps, the excess will fall off.

Step 2: Remove the Rust

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Wet the scrubbing pad with some water and gently scrub the baking soda covered object. Always keep the scrubbing pad wet to reduce scratching to the metal surface. When most of the baking soda has been dissolved, sprinkle some more until the surface has no more rust.

Step 3: Rust Is Removed

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After 5 minutes of scrubbing, most of the rust has been removed.

Using this method does not require electricity unlike using the electrolysis method; it also takes less time and materials. After the rust had been removed, paint or oil can be applied so that the metal will not rust again.


pfred2 (author)2017-11-20

Yeah but electrolytic rust removal is so much fun. The best method I've seen seems to be citric acid.

GeraldM40 (author)pfred22017-11-28

Citric acid however does weaken your metal, so if your removing rust from something that needs strength but electrolytic rust removal and citric acid are ruled out since both pull from the steal and rob it of some strength. Although with electrolytic rust removal you can watch closely and when you see your anode becoming black , stop the process since that is now carbon, not rust being removed.

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2017-11-16

what do you mean by sprinkle the baking soda on the rust. how much water has to dissolve the baking soda on the rust.

The water will turn the baking soda into a thick paste.

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