Today I’m sharing a really simple DIY, How to remove rust from tools and keep it off. This is a fantastic method of removing rust from almost any metal object. Today’s tutorial may not be the sexiest topic, but it can be a money saver. Saving money, or rather not wasting money is always a good topic, right?
Rusty tools are not only unsightly, they can be ruined if left to corrode and grow rust.
There’s a simple method to remove rust from tools using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
I made a simple video to share how easy it is to remove rust from tools and keep it off using 3-IN-ONE Multipurpose Oil.
How to remove rust from tools and protect them from getting rusty again.
Supplies needed to remove rust from metal tools and other metal objects.
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- bin or tub
- steel wool or metal brush
- 3-IN-ONE Multi-purpose Oil
- small brush or old toothbrush
- clean rag
Steps to clean rust off metal tools
Step #1. Wash dirt or oily residue off the tool or metal part
Step #2. Put tools in a bin and cover with white vinegar. Let sit overnight or about 24 hours.
Step#3. Rust will dissolve and fall off the tools overnight. The water will be dirty looking and the tools will have a thin film of blackish dirt on them. Rinse them off in clean water.
Step #4. Put tools back in bin and cover with clean water. Add 1 cup of baking soda to the water. Use a steel wool pad or metal brush and clean off the rest of the film.
Protect metal tools from getting rusty again
Step #5. Apply 3-IN-ONE Multipurpose Oil generously all over the with a clean soft rag or a brush. Wipe off the excess.
Step #6. Periodically wipe your tools down with a fresh coat of 3-IN-ONE Oil to keep them rust free.
I would use this same method to remove rust from tools on other items too. Like old family metal pieces that have been handed down over generations, awesome tool deals found at yard sales and thrift stores, cleaning other metal objects and more.
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Of course, if your items aren’t rusty yet why not use the 3-IN-ONE Oil now and prevent the rust from growing in the first place!
Can you think of something you’d like to clean the rust off and keep it off?
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Christopher Marshall says
3in1 also have an aerosol can of spray oil too. I have a similar product I often use on my tools. Another great trick is to keep them in a toolbox with an oily cloth. I like looking for rusted tools & cleaning them up. Not done this for a while though.
Hi Christopher, I have the aerosol spray of the 3 in 1 also and love it! We use it a lot on doors. Thanks for the trick on leaving an oily cloth in the toolbox. Living in humid Fl I need to remember to protect and oil everything including my power tools at least once a year. Any time save is a big help. Thanks so much for your visit and sharing your tip.
Lisa House says
Obviously you have seen my hubby’s tools! I have a lot of work ahead of me…thx for sharing!
LOL… Lisa! Thanks this is such an easy way to tidy up and keep tools rust free. Thank you for stopping by!
Hi Terri & thank you! The power of vinegar and baking soda is remarkable! Thanks so much for your visit!
Laura Jones says
Good to know! Thanks for the tip.
Hi Laura and thank you:) This is one of those tips that gets pinned or filed away in memory for the time when it’s needed. The tools came out amazing and protecting them so it didn’t happen again was easy:) Thanks so much for your visit!
Shirley @Housepitality Designs says
Great tip and also passing this along to my hubby!!!
Hi Shirley and thank you! This was easy to do and an awesome way to restore tools and any metal item. Thanks so much for your visit:)
Great tip. I have heard of soaking in vinegar over night but not the 3-in-oil. Stopping by from Ducks’n a Row.
Hi Beverly. Yes, if you don’t protect the the metal, it will rust all over again 🙁 This is a terrific way to get rust off anything that can be submerged 🙂 I use our 3-IN-ONE Oil on everything now, it’s great for squeaky doors too! Thanks for your visit!
Hi Beverly & thank you:) 3-IN-ONE works wonders on metal. I’ve been using mine all over the house since I got it 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit!
Wow! I had no idea your could do this! Talk about a game changer. I love shopping at thrift stores but have always avoided tools that were rusty. Now I can beef up my tool collection frugally. Thanks for sharing your awesome tip with us at Merry Monday this week!
Hi Marie! It’s a game changer, isn’t it? I loved how the tools came out. Like you I’m always looking for good deals so this is useful info to know:) Thanks so much for your visit!