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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3 of 116 questions
  • Tina
    on Mar 4, 2020

    I don’t believe it, finished pan looks like a new one

    • Chandra Denise DeVaul
      on May 31, 2020

      It looks ok to me. Play nice, people work hard to find solutions to their problems and are willing to allow Home Talk to use it for free.

  • Faizal Hameed
    on Mar 12, 2020

    How do you remove burn marks from an iron?

  • 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?

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  • Denny Rivard
    on Apr 15, 2020

    Absolutely will do this..thank you so much

  • 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.

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