How to Remove Rust Stains from a Bathtub

If you're trying to decide how to remove rust stains from a bathtub, you're in luck; there are a few options out there. Having to face stain removal chores is rarely a pleasant task. A few of these stain removal tips even only require items commonly found in your kitchen cabinets.

A newer product that is receiving rave reviews is the Magic Eraser or one of its competitor's knockoffs. You simply have to wet the Magic Eraser and scrub the rust stain with it. Its ease of use and lack of use of chemicals has made this product a bestseller.

If the Magic Eraser doesn't work, head to the kitchen and get lemon juice, white vinegar or cream of tartar. The acetic acid in white vinegar works to break down the stain. You simply pour it on the stain and let it sit. The longer it sits on the stain the better your results should be but it is recommended that you reapply ever once-in-a-while.

The lemon juice contains citric acid which works in a similar manner as the white vinegar. Either pour it directly on the stain or apply it with a sponge and let it sit. As with the vinegar the longer you let it sit, the better your results. Some people have had better results when they've added borax to the lemon juice and place the resulting paste onto the stain.

If you mix the cream of tartar with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, it also creates a paste. Spread the paste onto the stain and let it sit. Then, scrub the stain with a brush and with any luck it will come right out.

Your local grocery store or hardware store will likely carry commercial rust removers as well. These are generally quite effective at removing the rust stains.

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