In searching for a good home improvement tip for this week’s blog post, I came across a post from another blogger on Feeding the Birdies blog who revamped those colored, plastic school chairs with chrome legs. She was able to remove all of the rust with just scraps of aluminum foil and water! Be sure to check out her blog here for more amazing before and after photos.
This lead me to do a little more research since after reading this, I began to think about how much elbow grease would have to go into this project to get an iron oxide off with only water and aluminum foil.
What I discovered is that while this method does work, usually one would use an acidic solution on the rust first, to eat or strip away some of the iron oxide, then scrub it off with an abrasive substance.
Since natural cleaners are all the rage lately (thank goodness!), I’ve decided to share with you a few natural acidic solutions that I found on wikihow to help remove that pesky red rust from your beautiful metal goods.
- Soak your metallic object in vinegar for several hours then scrub off the remaining rust with the scrunched up aluminum foil. (for really rusty objects, try soaking for 24 hours)
- Squeeze the juice of a lime over the rusted area, sprinkle with salt, and allow mixture to sit for several hours before using the lime peel to scrub off the rust.
- Make a paste out of baking soda and water and coat rust with the mixture. scrub off after several hours with a toothbrush or piece of aluminum foil
Hope this helps!
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