How to Remove Rust from Metal Quickly

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A few days ago I visited an antique market and I brought a metal grinder to restore it. The mill was quite rusty so, after looking for different solutions to remove rust from the metal and taking into account the products I had at home, I found a quite effective solution. I hope you find it as useful as it is for me.

There are different ways to remove metal oxide but none of the ones I found at first seemed the most appropriate in my case, basically because I was looking for a quick solution because I was looking forward to starting the mill restoration as soon as possible.

How to Remove Rust from Metal Quickly

Some formulas to eliminate the rust require immersing the metal several days, or the use of aggressive products with the skin and mucous membranes. Since I wanted to start the restoration of the grinder as soon as possible, I discarded the tricks that contained products or tools that I did not have at home. Finally, I found an easy, affordable, fast and effective solution – the perfect solution for me! To eliminate metal oxide, you will only need one product: aluminum foil.


Aluminum Foil, Your Ally To Eliminate Rust

I had previously used aluminum foil in some tricks to paint. However, I would never have thought that it was also very effective at removing rust. To do this, you only have to cut squares or strips of aluminum foil about 10 centimeters on each side, moisten it in water and rub with it on the metal. Immediately you will see that the rust is disappearing, it is as if the aluminum foil was an eraser. Finally, clean the piece of metal with a cotton cloth.


Advantages Of Using Aluminum Foil To Remove Rust

The advantages of using this system against others are the following:

  • It is possible to eliminate the oxide with a single product.
  • Due to the malleability of aluminum foil, difficult corners and crevices can be easily accessed.
  • You can find aluminum foil easily in any supermarket. It is also quite economical.
  • It does not require a prior preparation of the metal, although in case the piece has a lot of rust, it can be previously sanded and later rubbed with aluminum foil.
  • Nor is it aggression to the metal, it does not scratch or spoils it.
  • It does not require a lot of effort, you have to rub but you do not have to use a lot of force either.

On the other hand, I recommend that if you are going to use this system to eliminate rust from metal, always use gloves. Although it is not an aggressive method for the skin, it does fade a lot and you can easily end up with black eyes and fingernails (as was my case).

The original piece was completely covered by rust and after removing it the metal has reappeared. Although it is appreciated that it has darkened by the wear and the passage of the years, it no longer has that reddish brown color that it had before.



  • If the piece is small, you can immerse it in white wine vinegar for several days. The oxide will remain in the container. On the other hand, cola drink acts in a similar way to vinegar.
  • Rub the rust with a skinless potato to which you will have added a few drops of the dishwasher.
  • Sprinkle salt on the affected area and add a few drops of lemon. Let it take effect and rub with a brush.
  • Rub the affected area with bicarbonate paste.

What do you think about this trick to eliminate rust on metal? Did you know or have you ever used it? I was pleasantly surprised at how effective and fast it has been.