How to clean rust on stainless steel pans?

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My stainless steel pans are looking rusty these days. Any easy ways to fix this?


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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 26, 2017
    Try plain white toothpaste

  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 26, 2017
    A good scrubbing with a Brillo pad will clean them.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Oct 26, 2017
    a non-abrasive cleaner works, something like Bar Keeper's Friend. My kids keep leaving my Calphalon knives in the sink after they use them and I have the same issue, and this works well for me.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Oct 26, 2017
    I would use salt and vinegar. the salt acts as an abrasive and the lemon's acidic nature will take off the rust.

  • Marsha Marsha on Oct 26, 2017
    I do not recommend soaking in lemon juice. It makes them worse than before.

  • Vicky Griffin Vicky Griffin on Jul 16, 2015
    I have used aluminum foil to successfully remove rust from stainless steel and chrome . Just crush a sheet of foil into a wad and rub the rusted surface . It works amazingly well .

  • Siva Siva on Jul 17, 2015
    I had this problem some 2 years back. I got a zincoxide powder (i am doing business on this now). Just take a small amount on a scotch brite and give a fine layer over the rust with 1 spoon of water. Leave it for 5 minutes. Take a dry cloth and rub over it. The rust will disappear. Very simple...I am proud to say that it is my product. U can try it. If anybody interested they can join as partner.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 17, 2018
    Try Evapo-Rust, most Home Depot's carry it, and it's food safe. Here's the info on it: Evapo-Rust Rust Remover gives new life to all your rusty household items. Evapo-Rust is safe enough to use on any rusty item including cast iron cookware, grill grates, knives, antiques and anything metal. It features a non-toxic, environmentally safe, water-based formula that removes rust in just minutes, no scrubbing needed. Evapo-Rust is reusable, 1 gallon will remove 286 g of rust or will de-rust about 20 sq. ft., depending on the thickness of the rust. Evapo-Rust Removes even heavy rust completely, is non-toxic, non-corrosive, is safe on skin and eyes. Evapo-Rust has no fumes or bad odors, is non-flammable and can be disposed of safely by simply pouring down the drain in most areas. Evapo-Rust contains No acids, bases, solvents or other toxic ingredients, it will not harm un-rusted steel, safe on other metals, plastic, PVC, Viton and most paints. Uses include; cast iron cookware, grill grates, antiques, tools, auto parts, clocks, sewing machines, toys and more.

  • Liz Toone Liz Toone on Sep 03, 2017
    Try a product called Iron Out. Follow the directions on the bottle. It does a great job in removing rust.

  • Wanda Pruitt Wanda Pruitt on Sep 03, 2017
    Lemon juice and baking soda.

  • Cherri Cherri on Sep 03, 2017
    have you tried baking soda made into a paste and use a toothbrush

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 08, 2017
    Any of those or make a paste with cream of tartar and lemon.

  • Coca cola will remove it though

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 01, 2018

    Try using a stainless steel cleaner,or use some SOS, scrub very lightly. Aloha!

  • Alice Alice on Sep 25, 2018

    1. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 2 cups of water.
    2. Rub the baking soda solution on the rust stain using a toothbrush. ...
    3. Rinse and wipe the spot with wet paper towel.


  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 27, 2021

    Hello I like Barkeepers Friend for most dish-and cookware issues.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 27, 2021

    Clean with steel wool and protect by rubbing a bit of shortening on it, just enough to cover it.

  • Annie Annie on Oct 27, 2021

    I just use an SOS pad on my stainless steel pots and it cleans them right up. Soaking first in hot soapy water would help as well

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 02, 2021

    Make a paste with baking soda and water and spread it onto the pan, best done in the sink. Let this set overnight and then in the morning scrub with the coarser side of a scrubbie sponge from the dollar store. Repeat as needed.

  • You can try scrubbing it with a Brill pad or plain white toothpaste.

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Dec 31, 2021

    I would first use liquid rust remover from walmart. It comes in a rust colored bottle.