Spring Cleaning: Get those rust stains out!

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Oh my gosh. If you have rust stains on stone, tile or marble, even porcelain. You HAVE to try this…It’s amazing!

My terrace is kind of a no mans land, I don’t have any plants there since I am not so super good at taking care of them and I am out of town a lot. And since my apartment is only on the 2nd floor it feels a little too close for comfort to the sidewalk strollers by.

But this year I decided to turn over a new leaf. This summer I want my backyard to be an oasis of foliage. I plan to get garden furniture, it has to be small scaled since we are not talking sprawling garden here, an outdoor ceiling fan and a little table for game playing.

So first things first. It was time too clean! As I moved old plant stands with dead plants and other crap that had accumulated on my terrace, I noticed, to my horror…rust stains. (insert psycho music here).

So first I scoured, the web that is, tying to find a no nonsense rust removal technique. Then I pieced one together from a bunch of online advice.

I got a lemon and a pumice stone from the bathroom. That’s it!

I guess the pumice is abrasive enough to take rub off the stain but not too abrasive so as to scratch the tile…and we all know the bleaching power of lemon juice.

So I went to work scrubbing. Minutes later the stains were gone. Seriously, the stuff was like magic. And on top of that, the solution was totally non-toxic. Now you can eat off my terrace floor!

Let me know if this rust stain recipe works for you.

8 Responses to “Spring Cleaning: Get those rust stains out!”

  1. Brenda says:

    Will this work on bathtub tile too?

  2. You little genius! Hot damn…it does so work. I moved last fall into a
    place with the same problem and hoped that winter would make it ‘ go
    away’—well, no such luck. But, your tip and elbow grease sure did.

  3. Cathy says:

    Even just rubbing a plain pumice stone will take off rust stains in a toilet.

  4. Eileen says:

    I saw an Italian dish with garlic bread,
    (a whole was cut in the center of each peice) and eggs and some sort of round bacon called mannasomething, and tomatoes…and on and on. Can I get that receipe somewhere?

  5. Evette says:

    Hi Brenda,

    It should work just fine on bathtub tile too. The trick is that the pumice is hard enough to buff off the rust, but it’s not any harder then the tile is so no risk of scratching. Give it a shot and let me know how it works!

  6. marion says:

    Eileen, if you sign up for Rachel Rays weekly e-mail, they will send you ALL the recipes that were on the show the week before. It’s Great!!!

  7. Cassie says:

    Does the pumice stone not scratch the tile? I need to remove rust stain from my bathtub but don’t know what to use!

  8. Alicia B. says:

    Toothpaste works great too, it must be the paste though, not the gel. Works good on bathroom sink, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on the tub!

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