Asked on Oct 11, 2020

Help! Rust in sink

by Lys

We have a rust ring around our drain in the bathroom sink. I have tried using barkeepers friend to remove with no luck. Any tips to remove rust from the metal drain? We don’t want it to get worse

  20 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 11, 2020

    Here is some info for you but what I do is buy toothbrushes just for cleaning and I put down comet cleanser and then use the toothbrush to clean around the drain and rinse well it takes it away - I do each usually every week when I clean house

    How do I remove this embedded stain from bathroom sink?
  • Lemon juice and salt or a pumice stone.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 11, 2020


    White Vinegar and Baking Soda

    Leaving a baking sheet on your sink for too long can leave the sink with rust. To remove the rust, use some white vinegar and baking soda. Slowly add little drops of white vinegar to the baking soda so that it does not explode to your face. Mix them together to form a paste. Pour the paste on the spots that have rust and leave them there for 10 minutes. Next, take a spoon, and using the flat back, gently rub the paste into the rust. Leave it for about 15 minutes then rinse with water and soap. Repeat the process.


    Lemon Juice and Salt

    On answering how to remove rust from sink, this method is one of the most effective and easiest to perform. Take the lemon juice and pour it on the stain. Leave it on for about ten minutes then take a wash cloth and scrub the stain off. If the stain is still there, take a second dose of the lemon juice and some salt. Pour the lemon juice on the stain and then some salt on it. Leave it for about fifteen minutes. Take an old toothbrush and rub the stain off. At the end of this process, the stain may be completely removed and if not, repeat the process until it has. You may also notice slight discoloration on the area that had the rust stain.


    Bar Keepers Friend

    Bar Keepers Friends is the non-abrasive powder with a non-bleach formula that is recommended on stainless steel cookware. It cleans kitchen sinks and counter tops and works well on cook-tops, glass and ceramic. It also cleans many other household surfaces - saucepans, grouting, worktops, copper, brass and china. In the bathroom, it cleans shower doors, bathtubs and sinks. You can also use it to clean toilet bowls to avoid harsh chemicals. In the garage, Bar Keepers Friend cleans car wheels, golf clubs, rusty grills and more.

    See product description and reviews here.


    Shaw’s Pads

    These are cleaning pads that are chemical free and used to remove stains from ceramic and porcelain sinks. Some of the stains Shaw’s Pads remove include rust stains along with water, lime and calcium build-up. It can also be used to clean stains found on standing water. If your sink have stains from hard water, these pads will help you get rid of them. They are great for scrubbing stains of all things made of porcelain. They are not only environmentally safe and safe for septic tanks, but are also both easy and gentle to use.

    See product description and reviews here.


    US Pumice Heavy Duty Scouring Stick

    This scouring stick works great by giving good abrasive action. It will do the job where other cleaning aids have failed. It scours away scale, stains, rust and mineral deposits from showers, tubs and sinks. It also easily removes hideous toilet rings, cleans carbon build-up, grease and baked-on grills, iron cookware and ovens. It is also safe to store and use around children. It is safe for sinks. This scouring stick also removes rock-hard deposits of mineral found around drains and faucets. It can also help get rid of unwanted paint on concrete, masonry and tile surfaces.

    See product description and reviews here.


    Other Methods
    • White vinegar and Aluminum foil: Simply dip some aluminum foil in some white vinegar and scrub the rust away.

    • Baking Soda and water: Take some baking soda and pour it on the rust. Take an old toothbrush, apply some water on it then scrub the rust off.

  • on Oct 11, 2020

    CLR works for me. :)

    • 17335038 17335038 on Oct 11, 2020

      Yep, ditto here.

      It's probably the same ingredients as the product Betsy suggested - RLC - just a different brand name, ha, ha.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Oct 11, 2020

    Hope this helps you with the rust in your bathroom sink. Use baking soda and vinegar.

    For tougher rust stains, make a paste of two other pantry staples: three parts baking soda and one part vinegar. Apply it to the rusty surface with a scrub sponge, and let it sit for an hour.Jan 4, 2018

    5 Ways to Remove Rust From Tub and Sink - GC Plumbing ... › blog › january › 5-ways-to-rem...

  • Tom Stuart Tom Stuart on Oct 11, 2020

    You have great answers so far. When I get a new toothbrush when I visit the dentist I put the old ones in a can I the garage for projects like this. The problem is the handle gets in the way on the curve of the sink.

    The remedy is to microwave a cup of water for 2 minutes so that it is boiling. Put the brush into the water for 5 minutes to soften the plastic. Remove the brush and bend it 90 degrees right next to the bristles.

    Now you have a brush to scrub in all of those crevices and joints.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 11, 2020

    Hello Lys, you can buy a porcelain touch up paint that matches the color of your sink, clean the rust using vinegar and tin foil, seal it with clear nail polish. You can also try the paint is suggested, hope this helps you out.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 11, 2020

    Hello Have you tried CLR?

    I have has excellent results with Whink but for calcium mineral discolorations . I was questioning if I need to replace the sink until this removed the offensive residue ring.

  • I use wd40, spray around the stain and let it sit for about an hour. The use a sponge scourge to remove the rust. The wd40 breaks down the rust.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2020


    Wipe around with WD-40 that should do the trick!

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 12, 2020

    I use this stuff and it works great my tubs and sinks

  • Dee Dee on Oct 12, 2020

    There are 2 products that I use for Rust. One is Naval Jelly, easy to use. The other is Rustoleum Rust dissolver. You can get both on Amazon or in the hardware store.

  • William William on Oct 12, 2020

    Vinegar would work. CLR also. Use a toothbrush. It will come back tho. The chrome coating is compromised. Replacing with a new drain assembly is the best solution.

  • you might need to replace the stopper

  • Yvonne Yvonne on Oct 12, 2020


  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Oct 13, 2020

    CLR is a good product (calcium, rust, lime). Close stopper and pour in the CLR to let it soak. Also, you can minimize the rust in the future by having a water softener in your house. The stopper is easy to replace if you want to go that route.

  • Shannon Stordock Hecht Shannon Stordock Hecht on Oct 15, 2020

    ZUD cleanser and a toothbrush will solve the problem.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    i would get TLC to remove rust