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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Have a question about this project?

3 of 118 questions
  • Mary lu
    on May 31, 2020

    How did you do the clasp thing on the side and the rim on the underside? it would be hard to let the coke sit for any length of time there and the foil wouldn't get into the little crevices?

  • Sam
    on Jul 13, 2020

    what was on the pan (if in deed you did not use a new pan for the second pic., looked like cooked on food. the type of pan you showed was aluminium. which does not rust. and... your clip on the side of the pan would have had a lot of scratch marks on it from the foil you used for 'scrubbing'....

    try again....

    • Mike
      on Aug 18, 2020

      I'm calling bs on this one. As Sam posted above...nice try.

  • Lenora Walker
    on Sep 3, 2020

    Have a small amount of rust starting in the air conditioners drip pan. Can I just pour coke in without trying to mop it up. Let us dry naturally

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  • Sue Sanders
    on May 5, 2020

    Thanks for that fantastic tip. Ive had a few things that I could have saved if knew about this.

  • Grace Douw
    on Aug 12, 2020

    I wonder if it would work on rusty cupboards

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