What is Rust?

It is a rainy, cozy evening. A blockbuster from last year is blaring from the TV set. You just finished a leisurely dinner consisting of fried chicken and pasta, with some lemon meringue pie to top it off. You have a pile of bestsellers just waiting to be read. Sparkling blue water and white sand entice you from your laptop screen as it goes into idle mode.

You are bored.

You cast around for something to do. Nah, no Facebook tonight-you have had enough of that from work. That movie again? You have seen it a couple of times already, you do not a refresher. You would rather read the latest Stop Rust thriller from your favorite sci-fi author, but the book won’t be out for weeks. You congratulate yourself on being such a good cook-dinner was absolutely yummy! But the dishes have already been washed and so there really is nothing else to do.

You look around your living room. Absolutely spotlessly clean-how disappointing. You walk to your room. Clutter-free as well. How about the bathroom? Definitely sparkling.

You continue your little trek around the house, arranging this and that, adjusting an awkwardly tilting photo frame. You reach that part of your home that houses the washing machine. You stop. RUST!

You do not exactly have a store-bought rust remover handy. Is it possible to remove rust using homemade stuff, you wonder. You know that you can put the whole thing off, but who knows when you would feel this eager to do a household chore again?

The simplest way would be to just get some steel wool to scrub the rust away with. Using mineral oil is also recommended, as it softens the rust and makes an easier task of removing it.

Of course, there’s always that belief that rust comes off by rubbing a little bit of cola on it. It isn’t exactly homemade, but it’s something that can be found at home. And there is actually some truth to the belief; it’s the phosphoric acid that makes the cola an effective rust remover. Just soak a sponge with cola and scrub on the affected area.

Citric acid is one of the most effective rust removers that you can find at home. It comes in the form of lemons and oranges. Ascetic acid is also just as effective. This can be gotten from all types of vinegars. Simply put a certain amount on your sponge, apply it on the rusty area, and scrub it off.

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