The Easiest Rust Remover

2 Materials
$2
5 Minutes
Easy

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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  • Pat Starks-Australia
    on Feb 13, 2020

    WOW! and we drink the stuff?*#!@?

  • Mary Ann Burch
    12 minutes ago

    Used Diet Coke and Magic Eraser! Cleaned away the rust. Don’t know how the pan will fair with the next washing, so it’ll be a ‘wait and see’ thing. I also applied a very thin coat of olive oil. Figured that couldn’t hurt anything! 🙃. Thanks for the remedy.

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