How to clean rust from pipes, tools, ceramic and enamel

When a pipe breaks in winter, it can cause disruption to more than one family, especially if rust is present on pipes and radiators. Learn how to remove rust from your house without calling a plumber.

🍋 Lime and salt
It works with lemons as well, but limes are more acidic without being corrosive to pipes. Sprinkle salt over the rusty area and squeeze a lime over the salt. Cover all the rust with salt and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Rub using a lemon peel instead of a corrosive sponge, as corrosive sponges may further damage the pipe.

🧂 Baking soda
Baking soda is already famous for its ability to remove rust. Make a thick paste of baking soda and warm water and apply it to the rusty area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then scrub the debris off with a toothbrush or soft brush.

🥔 Potatoes and dishwashing detergent
Cut a potato in half and grease its inner halves with dish detergent. The substances will create a chemical reaction that will remove rust. Leave the potato slices for a few hours on the rust stain and then clean with water and a soft brush.

⚪ Get rid of rust from ceramic and enamel
It is not unusual to see rust stains on the tub or sink. Make a paste of borax and lemon juice and rub the rust stains with a pumice stone or a hard-bristle brush.

🔧 Tools
Perhaps you have old pliers or other rusted tools. Fill a container with diesel fuel and place these tools in it. Let them soak overnight, then use a brass wire brush to remove the rust. Use a cloth to wipe away the oil.

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