Remove even the most stubborn rust from tools with a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. “Vinegar is a great metal cleaner,” says Melissa Maker, founder of Toronto-based cleaning service Clean My Space
. Soak tools in the vinegar bath for a few hours, or a few days for heavily rusted items. The acetic acid in vinegar reacts with rust, helping it dissolve. Watch it in action here.
You can also use vinegar to clean metal items like scissors, kitchen shears, and knives, Maker says.