DIY Guide to Removing Rust from Metals

Whether you’ve got a house full of copper décor and accessories, or you’ve spotted a great second-hand outdoor table for sale on Gumtree, you’re bound to come across some rust and corrosion from time to time. Luckily for us, there are plenty of DIY ways to get your metals looking like new using materials you can find in your kitchen!


  1. Use a combination of salt and vinegar with a soft brush or firm cloth, followed by a water rinse and pat to dry.
  2. Cut a lemon or lime in half and sprinkle with chunky kosher salt, and then scrub, scrub, scrub! Finish it off with a quick water rinse and dry.
  3. Coat the surface with tomato sauce and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, gently scrub with a soft brush, followed by a rinse and dry.


  1. If the item is small, soak it in coke for fifteen minutes. If the item is large, wet a piece of aluminium foil with coke and rub the rusted area. Keeping the aluminium foil wet is crucial to avoid scratches.

Cast Iron

  1. If you have cast iron in your home, it is most likely a pot or pan. To clean these, you will first need to remove the rust using fine steel wool. Then, use dish soap and warm water and scrub again, then rinse and dry. Once it is dry, coat the pot or pan with a small dab of oil and bake upside down in the over for an hour at 176 degrees Celsius. This step will help keep them from rusting again in the near future.


  1. For aluminium, the key to getting rust off is to use acidity. Either boil tomatoes in a pot and use the resulting liquid with a soft brush to scrub, or combine lemon and vinegar with a soft brush.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find metal home décor, furniture, and accessories close to home.

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