Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to remove rust stains from tubs and sinks naturally and easy

When we moved into our new very old house it was a mess, or should I say before we moved in.  I cleaned for weeks before we moved one box in because the previous occupants had been total pigs!  One of the great features of the house is an old fashioned claw-foot tub (number 5 on bucket list!).  But it was full of stains of some kind, probably rust.  I tried the harsh store bought, guaranteed to remove it or your money back stuff that put tons of fumes into the air.  It didn't do much.

Then I remembered in a book I  have called something like 1001 uses for common household items that it had said salt and lemon juice removes rust stains from tubs and sinks.  Well I had both and thought what the heck and tried it.  I can say not only did it work like a charm, way better than the store bought stuff, but it also didn't put tons of nasty fumes into the air.  Instead a nice lemon scent.  I love it when old fashioned cleaners work better than the new harsh chemical stuff!

I am adding how I did it!  Sorry everyone I completely blanked out to do this lol!

So what I did was first wet the area with lemon juice so the salt would stick better, then sprinkle the salt on, then re-wet with more lemon juice.  I let it sit for a minute or two then scrubbed with a washcloth if the stain is still there.  Some stains just disappeared, but the ones that were very severe had to be treated two or three times before they came off.


  1. I'm going to try this! The only thing that works on my bathtub rust stains is toilet bowl cleaner. LOTS of fumes. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Your welcome Farm Girl, and thank you for being such a loyal reader!


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