How to Remove Rust From Tools—No Scrubbing Required

Even if you have years of rust and grime built up on your garden tools, you can clean them quickly and easily with no scrubbing at all.

You just need two household ingredients to keep your tools looking shiny and new.

Here's your go-to guide for removing rust from tools, no elbow grease needed!


– Rusty tool – Cleaning vinegar or white distilled      vinegar – Empty jar, aluminum can, or small      container (a large yogurt container      works great) – Heavy-duty scouring pad – Soft clean rag – 3-IN-ONE Multi-Purpose Oil


Soak your tool in a vinegar bath. Place your tool in a jar or other container, then pour in just enough vinegar to submerge all the rusted parts. Soak the tool for 12 to 24 hours, depending on level of rust and type of vinegar used.


Scour the rust off. Remove your tool from the vinegar bath and use a heavy-duty scouring pad (like the green Scotch-Brite) to wipe any remaining bits of rust off the metal. They should come off with very little effort.


Dry and lubricate the tool. Once your tool is free of rust, dry it thoroughly with a soft rag. Pay attention to pivot joints and gears where moisture collects easily, and get them as dry as possible.

Try to make it a habit to wipe your tools with a little 3-IN-ONE Multi-Purpose Oil after each use to remove grime and add a protective coating in storage. The key to having clean tools is keeping them dry and well-lubricated.

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