If you’ve got metal appliances and objects around your house, especially in places like the bathroom that are prone to being damp, then you’ve probably experienced some little brown rust spots appearing on their surfaces. And although rust can make an item look less appealing, it’s not necessarily a sign that you need to bin it – as there are ways to remove rust and return your appliance to its glistening metal glory.
Fans of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch – real name Sophie Hinchliffe – recently shared several of these rust cleaning hacks on a Facebook group, with some of the methods raising more eyebrows than others, including one controversial trick that used a common condiment you probably have in your kitchen, Express.co.uk reports.
One woman recently asked on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group: “My husband insists on having stainless steel bins in bathrooms. I hate them as they always get rusty bits on them. Does anyone know how to get this off or what’s best to clean them with, please?”
While stainless steel has a resistance to oxidation and staining, the metal will still rust over time if it isn’t maintained properly.
But thankfully for the woman in the group, many cleaning fans were quick to rush to her aid and offered several different solutions to her problem – including a few people who swore by using tomato ketchup and tin foil to remove rust stains in no time at all.
One person said: “I just wipe over mine with a damp cloth. I’ve had one for years and no rust on it at all. But if you do get rust spots then use ketchup and screwed-up tin foil to get rid of rust spots.”
And a third explained the condiment worked “like magic”, stating: “Kitchen foil and tomato ketchup then scrub. It’s like magic!”
It wasn’t just ketchup that was offered as a solution though, with other cleaning fans suggesting the woman try baby oil, lemon juice, and even Coca-Cola.
Someone wrote: “After you clean the bin put on some baby oil and buff it, it protects it from the moisture. The baby oil lasts a while on the surface too so you don’t need to do it every time.”