How to Clean a Rusty Nail With Coke

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Clean rusty nails with Coke rather than throwing them away.
Clean rusty nails with Coke rather than throwing them away. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Nails left outside or near water often develop rust over time. The rust eventually destroys the nail. Remove the rust to extend the life of the nail or to clean up its appearance. The acid in Coke eats away at the rust, according to the product website. When handling rusty nails, avoid touching the tips. If you do cut yourself, you may need a tetanus shot.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass or ceramic bowl
  • Old toothbrush

Drop the nail or nails into the bowl.

Use a wide bowl to give the nails plenty of room.
Use a wide bowl to give the nails plenty of room. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Pour Coke slowly over the nails to submerge them. Coke, especially if it's fresh, will bubble up and spill over the bowl if you pour too much.

Soak the nails in the Coke for 30 minutes.

Dump out the nails and Coke into a sink. Rinse the nails with water.

Inspect each nail. Scrub off any remaining rust with the toothbrush, and rinse with water.

Lay the nails out to dry before using or storing.

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