How to Remove Rust From Pots and Pans With a Potato

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You don't need abrasive or dangerous products to clean up those rusty pots and pans. Just get out a potato!

Things You'll Need

  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Paring Knives
  • Get one medium-sized potato.

  • Cut the potato lengthwise for maximum coverage of the rusted area.

  • Dip the exposed portion of the potato into a mild abrasive such as baking soda, toothpaste or salt.

  • Lightly wet the rusted area.

  • Firmly rub the potato over the rusted area until the rust is removed.

  • Rinse.

  • Repeat steps if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • For hard to reach places such as around a handle, cut the potato into long strips.
  • Do not use scouring powder - it is too abrasive.
  • Do not use gel toothpaste.
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