We all have rusty tools laying around somewhere. The question is, do you toss them or clean them? Most of the tools I had to contend with were my father’s so I didn’t want to toss them. He always told me “You never throw away tools!” So let me show you how to remove rust from tools so you don’t have to replace them.
I am not a fan of harsh chemicals. I have a septic tank and that makes disposal of most any chemicals difficult. Even washing paint brushes is off limits.
I chose to try out vinegar and I must say, it worked VERY well.
This is the pile I started with.
That is one big rusty mess!
- White distilled vinegar
- Scrub brush or toothbrush you don’t plan on using again
- nitrile GLOVES
- Dropcloth or something to protect your work surface. This gets messy.
- A mask so you don’t inhale the fumes
- eye protection – I have these goggles by Dewalt and they are my favorite.
This was the magic in this whole experiment. One gallon of vinegar. Who woulda thought?!
Be sure to work in a well ventilated area and protect your hands and eyes. A mask that will protect you from fumes should also be worn. #DoAsISayNotAsIDO
I just dumped all the tools in a bucket and poured the entire gallon in so it covered them all. If you only have a few rusty tools, you won’t need this much.
After they sat for a day, the vinegar looked like this.
Then it was time to get in all those nooks and crannies and really clean up these babies. I put together a little video so you could all see exactly how easily the rust comes off. Enjoy.
After they were all cleaned, which took me an hour because I had so many, I dried them off thoroughly and coated them with WD-40. That helps keep them from rusting again. Don’t they look great?
Be sure to keep your freshened up tools in a dry place or store them with silica gel packs to absorb the moisture they do get. Storing them in a wooden tool box also helps because the wood absorbs the moisture while a metal or plastic one won’t.