How do I clean rusty garden tools?

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Alot of my gardening tools have rusted. Any suggestions for an easy way to clean them?

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  • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Jan 04, 2019

    Fine steel wool (SOS pads), dry thoroughly, then rub or coat the metal with beeswax. That should keep out any moisture until you use it next time.


  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 04, 2019

    Fine steel wool and WD40. leave a coat of WD40 on for protection.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jan 04, 2019

    Always rinse/scrape/wire brush the dirt/mud/sap off gardening tools and keep them oiled and dry. Here's good way to keep them lasting forever. Clean metal tools by plunging in a bucket of oiled sand. To make oiled sand, pour 3/4 qt motor oil(used works even better) or mineral oil into a 5-gallon bucket of sand (the sand should be damp but not moist). Push blades of tools into sand. This helps clean and condition the metal.Pointed shovels never worked better after doing this to them. We always had several buckets in our shop(I was landscaper/gardener many years)& it was always the very first thing we did when we got back, clean everything, everyday.