How To Remove Rust Stains From Stainless Steel (& Freshen Your Sink Too!)

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How to remove rust stains from stainless steel (and freshen your sink too!)

 

I'm super excited to share this quick fun tip that works great if you have a rust stain in your kitchen sink, and to clean your garbage disposal while you're at it! This weekend I left an old baking pan in our sink to soak, and it left a nasty rust stain on the stainless steel that needed some TLC.

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Since I had an extra lemon in my fridge (and always have baking soda in the pantry), it was super easy to clean off. I just poured a little baking soda on the stain,

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cut the lemon in half, squeezed out a bit of lemon juice, and then used them lemon to do a quick scrubbing.

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In under a minute the stain was gone!

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Since my garbage disposal can always use a thorough-de-stinking, I cut the lemon into quarters,

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added some ice,
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And let the disposal churn it all around a bit. (Note, your disposal will sound awful while this mixture is running through, but the ice will sharpen the blades and the lemon will make the disposal smell fresh!)

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I did a super quick cleanout of the sink using olive oil (I've always used it to shine my stainless kitchen sink)

 

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And the sink's all freshened up, as good as new. Love that!

 

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Do you have any other tips for cleaning stainless steel? I'd love to hear them – leave a comment to share!

 

 

 

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  1. Martha Williams says

    I have used what you mention in your article for stainless steel sinks. Also every couple of weeks I pour a small amount (maybe 2 capfuls) of white vinegar straight from the bottle in my stainless steel sink then use the dishrag to first wipe bottom of sink where vinegar was poured and then the sides of sink. sparkling clean. No watermarks. and also once a month I pour half bottle of white vinegar down the disposal drain. this I feel cleans it and once the vinegary smell goes away (within just a few minutes) there is no stinky coming from the disposal drain.

  2. Really great result! Thanks for sharing! Greets, Hornchurch Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  3. I have a treasured cake saver with some spots of rust. I made the mistake of allowing a relative take a cake home in it. They put it through the dishwasher for pity sake. I have always hand washed it. I will try this and hope for the best. Thank you so much!!!

    • I so hope it helps Nana – please let me know how it goes (I love those stainless steel cake plates and have always wanted one – so pretty!)

  4. Thank you so much…IT WORKED GREAT!!!! Unbelievably easy to do with quick great results!

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