How to get rid of rust

Gardening tools if not looked after will start to develop rust. Like most people after a big day in the garden the last thing you will want to do it clean up all the tools, so most of the time if you are anything like me they will just get put away in the shed dirt and all. Yes, guilty as charged. 

Next time you go out you may find that the tools are a little rusty which is a bit disappointing to say the least. I have discovered a lovely method that will remove the rust without having to rub vigorously with a metal brush or wire wool. All you need is some time.


  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Bicarb Soda
  • Oil 
  • Water
  • Time

Get the rusty tools and spray the rust with neat vinegar then cover with a paper towel. Spray again so the towel is soaked with the vinegar and leave in a bucket for 2 hours. Check a few times to ensure the paper towel is still soaked. 

Remove the paper towel and brush gently with a toothbrush to remove the last of the rust and rinse with water if super rusty (iron wool will work too). Dry the tools and place them back into the bucket and cover with bicarb soda and then pour hot water over the tools for a final clean. Remove once the reaction has completed and dry completely. Then wipe oil over the exposed metal. This will protect the metal from further rust. 

Freshly cleaned tools will last longer and are much lovelier to work with!