I left a baking sheet sitting in our sink too long and was left with a bunch of rust marks after I put it in the dishwasher:
This one in particular was really bad:
So was this one:
I've had this happen before so I turned to my trusty method of removal. There's many tutorials on how to remove rust stains from stainless steel sinks out there but none are very detailed. While this tutorial isn't new or original, I thought it might help someone else who is a visual learner like me!
Gather your supplies:
Then pour some baking soda in a bowl. I used two tablespoons here but you can eyeball it if you want:
Slowly add a little bit of vinegar to the baking soda so it doesn't explode on you like a 3rd grader's science experiment:
Mix everything together until you get a paste that's a little runnier than toothpaste. If your paste is too watery, sprinkle in a little more baking soda and mix again. If it's too thick, add a little more vinegar.
When your paste is ready to go, spread it onto all of your rust spots:
I let mine sit for about 10 minutes:
And then I gently rub the paste into the rust stains with the back of a spoon (fingertips work too!):
After I've rubbed the paste into all of the spots, I let them sit for another 10 to 15 minutes (depending on how bad the stains are) and then I rinse everything off with soap and water:
This is what one of the really bad stains looked like after about 30 minutes:
It was looking better but it wasn't completely gone so I mixed up some more paste and went through the process again:
When the final stain was removed, our sink looked brand new!
Minus the scratches of course haha
Everyone loves a before and after :)
What's your go to rust remover?