Cleaning Up a Rusty Latch

Introduction: Cleaning Up a Rusty Latch

About: I make stuff

Before I started this I did a quick google search for household products that can help clean up or dissolve rust.

These are the first results I encountered:

So, nothing too spectacular, guess I'll try.


  • Baking powder
  • White vinegar
  • Something rusty

Step 1: Soak in Vinegar and Baking Powder

Put the rusty thing in a small container. Pour some vinegar on it and add some baking powder to add some fizz. (Really, it fizzes, it's cool.)

I don't think you need to let it soak for too long, but I left it overnight, which seemed to have softened the rust quite nicely for the next step.

Step 2: Scrub and Scratch

Next, just grab an old toothbrush, some scrubbing patches and start grinding. Some parts were dirty, so I scratched with an old screwdriver and the back of a knife.

This took me about half an hour to get most of the rust and filth off.

PS: try not to stab yourself.

Step 3: Clean, Kind Of

And that's it, really.

I'm thinking about adding some linseed oil as a layer of protection, but for now I'll just see how it evolves.

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