How to Remove Rust From Your Garden Tools With No Elbow Grease

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!

What you’ll need to remove rust without scrubbing

– 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

Step 1: 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.

After 12 to 24 hours, the worst of the rust will have fallen off and the rest of it will be loose and easy to remove by hand.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

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