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The Easiest Rust Remover

I’m a really big fan of rescuing objects, because I don’t believe in throwing things away that still have use in them. Sometimes though you get something and think, “that’s the end of this”, like this rusty pan. But then I found this great tip to remove rust from metal using coke and tinfoil.
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $2 Difficulty: Easy
Here’s my rusty pan. It's clearly seen too many cheesecakes. I didn't think I could bake with it again.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All I used was a bottle of coke and a scrunched up piece of tinfoil.
Step 2: Pour the Coke
I poured the coke all over my pan. There is some chemical reaction that quickly gets the rust off. This is mostly surface rust, so I could wipe it off after a few minutes. For deeper rust you have to let it sit for longer.
Step 3: Scrub with Foil
The coke loosens all the rust, and the foil takes it off. With just a few scrubs all the rust comes off.
Step 4: Rinse Your Pan
Just rinse the coke and rust off your pan. My hands actually got kinda orange while doing this. I'm not sure why...
Tada! All clean. Instant rust remover.
Look at the difference! Now I can bake again!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Bottle of coke
  • Tinfoil
  • Rebecca Brantley
    Rebecca Brantley Swainsboro, GA
    on Aug 26, 2016

    Wow!! That looks practically new! I'll be trying this! Thanks!

  • Nicole Fischedick
    Nicole Fischedick Germany
    on Aug 26, 2016

    Das sieht ja aus wie neu. Genial!

  • Hazebabe22
    on Aug 26, 2016

    Ive heard of doing this to rusty car bumpers been meaning to try on my wheels haven't got around to it yet.

    • Loretta
      Loretta East Wakefield, NH
      30 minutes ago

      Didn't work on my bumper at all.

  • Nicole
    Nicole Canada
    on Aug 26, 2016

    Scary that people drink this stuff if it can remove rust. Imagine the lining of your stomach

    • User
      on Aug 26, 2016

      Instead of, imagine the surface of your teeth! In your stomach the pH value is lower than that of the acidic coke....

  • Calfeerl
    on Aug 26, 2016

    Could this technique be used on an old Lodge iron skillet?

    • Gilda C. McLamb
      Gilda C. McLamb Goodlettsville, TN
      on Oct 4, 2017

      Use a little vegetable oil and enough salt to make a paste, next use a wad of alum foil to scrub the skillet, then use a paper towel to wipe it clean.

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