How To Remove Rust From A Bathtub And Prevent It Appearing


It is very common for rust to appear on some bathroom elements, such as sinks or faucets in many bathrooms. This rust is formed from the corrosion that water produces on the metal elements of the shower or sink due to the permanent contact between the water and the metal.

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To remove rust from the bathtub, we can use various home remedies such as baking soda, salt or vinegar. Check here how to remove rust from the bathroom.

It is very common for rust to appear on some bathroom elements, such as sinks or faucets in many bathrooms. This rust is formed from the corrosion that water produces on the metal elements of the shower or sink due to the permanent contact between the water and the metal.

How To Remove Rust Stains

If we find this problem, we must remove the rust as soon as possible, since otherwise the corrosion can spread and will be more challenging to remove. Also, the longer the rust has been embedded, the more difficult it will be to clean.

There are home remedies that work very well to remove rust, such as lemon, salt, baking soda, or vinegar. These products have acidic properties, so they help to remove acid quickly and easily.

Remove Rust With Bleach

In the sinks and the taps, as in the containers where we deposit the soap or shampoo, rust can appear due to the permanent contact with water.

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If the stain is very stubborn and embedded, we can pour a generous jet of bleach to effectively remove the rust, leaving it to act overnight (about 12 hours) and then rinse well with cold water and remove with a damp cloth.

We can also carry out this operation to remove rust from the bathtub, rinsing and cleaning it up well with a damp cloth, which will be dislodged and easily cleaned.

Remove Rust With Vinegar

To remove the rust with vinegar, we must spray the rust stain with a good jet of vinegar or lemon juice directly. If the area has spread and occupies a large space in the bathtub, the best option is to soak a dry cloth with vinegar or lemon juice and rub the rust stain energetically.

Once the affected area is well soaked, we will let it act so that the acidic properties take their effect. We will notice how the stain disappears little by little. When it is clearer, an unmistakable sign that the rust is being removed, we rinse the bathtub with a good stream of cold water and wipe it carefully, to remove all the dirt.

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Suppose the stain is already very encrusted because it has been a long time. In that case, it is best to remove the rust by repeating the operation as many times as necessary until the stain disappears completely.

Remove Rust With Baking Soda

A homemade preparation based on baking soda (one tablespoon), cream of tartar (one tablespoon), and lemon juice will work very well to remove rust easily.

If we do not know what cream of tartar is, it is an easy ingredient to find to make pastry recipes and very effective in removing rust, combined with lemon and bicarbonate. Baking soda not only has a great pharmacological utility, but it is an excellent disinfectant and cleaner, which easily removes stains and bacteria. Lemon juice and baking soda solution are very effective in removing rust when you produce rings that are more difficult to remove.

In a container, we will add the juice of a lemon, the baking soda and the cream of tartar until we manage to make a consistent paste. We will cover the rust stain well with this paste, leaving it to act for at least one hour. Once this time has elapsed, we rub the area affected by the rust well with a brush and pour cold water to finish rinsing, removing the traces of dirt with a damp cloth.

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If the rust stain has not finished coming out in the first operation, we must repeat it because it will surely have softened, and it will be easier for it to come out well the second time.

Remove Rust With Salt

We can also make a mixture with lemon (it also has a high degreasing power, so it is perfect for cleaning) and a quarter glass of kitchen salt. We put the lemon in the areas affected by rust, and then we cover the area with salt (salt has abrasive properties, ideal for attacking rust). Let the mixture act for about 3 or 4 hours, and then rinse with a jet of cold water and wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.


Rust is easy to remove; it all depends on how embedded it is. But with household products such as lemon, white vinegar and salt, it disappears without much effort from metal surfaces in permanent contact with water. Of course, you have to monitor and control, to remove it as soon as it appears.

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Hi, I'm Hamza Sarfraz, and I'm a home improvement expert. I am interested to share with you my knowledge as well as ideas and news about the latest and most popular home and bathing trends.
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