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Removing Rust Stains

Removing Rust Stains From Toilets, Tubs and Sinks:

Rust and other stains can occur from hard water mineral deposits found especially with the use of well water having high iron content. Staining can also occur from rusty galvanized pipes leaking into a sink, rusty toilet components leaking into the back of a toilet bowl or something metal left on the sink. These stains can be difficult to remove. If this is a recurring problem and the staining is chronic, there may be no way to remove the stain as it may have etched itself into the porcelain.

To remove rust stains from porcelain or fiberglass, try rubbing the stain with a cut lemon, or try applying lemon juice. If the fixture is badly stained, use a 5 percent solution of oxalic acid or a 10 percent solution of hydrochloric acid. Apply the acid solution with a cloth and leave it on only a second or two; then rinse it off thoroughly.

Removing Rust Stains From Your Clothing

If you just brushed against something rusty, the rust stains might not have penetrated the fabric at all. If this is the case, all you need to do is toss the garment into the washing machine and launder as you normally would. Sometimes, rust will come out with regular laundering. If the stain doesnít come out, donít put the garment in the dryer. The heat will only make matters worse.

Instead, try rubbing the rust stains with a lemon. Squeeze as much of the juice from one lemon onto the rust stains as possible. When the stains are completely saturated, take the garment and lay it out in the sun.

Between the sun and the lemon, the stain should bleach right out. Launder as usual. Again, if the stain isnít completely removed after laundering, donít put it in the dryer unless you want to risk a permanent rust stain on your clothing. Keep in mind that lemon bleaches, so if the rust stains are on a dark item of clothing, test in a hidden area first.