Homemade Rust Preventive


Rust can form quickly and damage items in a short period of time. While a number of retail products are available that prevent rust, they can be expensive. Instead, consider using inexpensive ingredients that can be found in most homes. These work as effectively as high-priced retail products, at only a fraction of the cost.

Clear Nail Polish

  • A coat of clear nail polish will prevent rust from forming on screws, nuts, bolts and other small surfaces. Apply one to two coats every one to two years, using any brand of clear nail polish. This may seal the screws, so if they need to be unscrewed for any reason simply apply a thin coat of nail polish remover with a cotton swab. This also works well on cabinet and drawer hardware.

Baking Soda

  • Baking soda works well to prevent rust from forming underneath wet surfaces like a scrub brush or steel wool soap pads in the bathroom or kitchen. Simply pour a layer of baking soda over the area that the item rests on and place the item (wet or dry) on top of the baking soda. This will prevent rust and keep your cleaning product in good condition.

Preventing Rust Around the Home

  • Moisture can be a main cause of rust development. Keep metal and aluminum stored in a dry area and keep items clean. Garden tools often develop rust because they are not cleaned properly, and if they are cleaned, many times they are not dried properly.

    Linseed oil prevents rust from forming on wood and metal and should be applied to wood and metal surfaces every one to two years. If rust does form, brush away with a hard metal brush.

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