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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  • Rms53176772 Rms53176772 on Sep 27, 2021

    Can I use coke on dental instruments

  • Jbg4613450 Jbg4613450 on Dec 31, 2021

    Could you use this on copper

  • Stephen Keller Stephen Keller on Dec 31, 2021

    I can only find aluminum foil. I can't find tinfoil anywhere. Do they even make tinfoil anymore?

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  • Mia Lugar Mia Lugar on Mar 24, 2022

    Melba, ones stomach acid (normal) could probably wear a hole in a pan Much faster than coke. Don't let that stop you. The sugar and empty calories, maybe so.

  • Vicki Rena Tucker Vicki Rena Tucker 6 days ago

    I did this without coke on rust to my friends toilet paper stand holder. It works even without the coke. The metal in the aluminum foil transfers back to the metal.