How do I remove rust?

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I have a hand held cheese grater that belonged to my mother. It is called a Mouli grater and she received it as a wedding gift in the fifties. My problem is it’s now showing large amounts of rust all over. Can anyone tell me how to revitalize it and remove the rust? I’ve used it for many years now but just started with this problem. It’s hand washed with warm soapy water. Hand dried and left to wire dry.


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  • I’ve had good luck using Bar Keepers Friend to get rid of rust. Then protect it from rusting with something food safe like mineral oil or olive oil.

  • Jeanette Jeanette on Jan 20, 2019

    My dad used to soak rusty metals in kerosene to get rid of rust and gunk.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 20, 2019

    Hi Jere. I'm Cindy. You could make a paste with salt and lemon juice. Put the paste on the rust and let it set all day. Then remove the paste and rust with paper towels. Vinegar will also remove rust. Soak the rusted object in vinegar for several hours. Then remove it from the vinegar and sand it down with coarse sandpaper or a wire brush. Rinse and then dry.

  • Jere Jere on Jan 21, 2019

    Thanks to all the Hometalkers for their help. Great options to help preserve my kitchen tools. THANKS