The Easiest Rust Remover

2 Materials
5 Minutes

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.

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!

Suggested materials:

  • Bottle of coke
  • Tinfoil

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  • Kathryn
    on Oct 7, 2019

    can you use Dr. Pepper?

    • Peggy Ash
      on Nov 12, 2019

      no it has to be coke.. something it that formula that cuts rust that is not found in other soda...

  • Amy
    on Oct 28, 2019

    Yes why is tinfoil or aluminum foil what does that do ?

  • Yvonne
    10 minutes ago

    Can this be used to remove rust from cast iron pans and griddles?

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  • Karen
    on May 30, 2019

    Rinse after coffee , club soda and these other sugary acid drink that soften your teeth. NEVER BRUSH till 30 minutes while they are soft from the drinks.

    • Mx BERRY
      on Jul 31, 2019

      Same advice after natural fruit juices and fresh fruit. Highly acidic! They can do as much damage as sugar.

  • Jayne
    on Aug 5, 2019

    I am also going to try it on tools from my garden. hope diet colas work!

    • Peggy Ash
      on Nov 12, 2019

      I wish it did, but diet coke is a slightly different formula.. it has to be 'Coke Classic'.. It works great on garden tool rust, clean out my wheel barrow, [ have been using it for over 50 years] rusted bolts, will even eat away battery acid...

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