Did you brush up against a rusty grill? Lean against a rusty rail? Don’t throw away your favorite shirt just yet. Most rust stains are removable; it just might take a little extra effort. Hey, it’s worth a shot, right? Especially when all you need for a solid attempt is white vinegar and salt.
To remove rust from fabric, soak the stain completely in white vinegar. Sprinkle some salt on the stain and rub it in gently. Leave the area alone for a few hours, then use a paper towel or white cloth to blot the rust stain.
When you’re ready to take the rust stain head on, remember:
Don’t give up too easily.
Rust stains can be tricky. If you notice a small change in the appearance of the stain, try repeating the directions above, especially if you think your fabric can handle a couple tries.
Don’t rub the stain.
The more you rub the stain, the harder it’ll be to remove it. You’ll also damage the fibers of your clothes in the process. Wait until you get some vinegar before you start messing with it.
Treat the stain as quickly as possible.
It’s more likely to lift out of the fabric if you treat it sooner rather than later. A stain that’s settled is never easy to get out.
Read your item’s care instructions.
Some clothes are just too delicate for this cleaning method. Take these items to a dry cleaner, just to be safe. Some rust stains can be removed. It just takes a little time, patience and some vinegar.