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How To Remove Rust From Kitchen Knives

Kitchen knives deal with a lot of fluids and water in general. They are one of the most corrupted pieces of equipment when it comes to rusting. And you can’t even avoid any of this because you have to use the knife precisely for this purpose. Find how to remove rust from kitchen knives in the best way further below.

To cut fruits, veggies and meats all the time ends up putting this little piece of metal to test. And it’s also not an item you can do without. So, you need to figure out a way to keep it clean and dry constantly. 

How To Remove Rust From Kitchen Knives 

In case you haven’t, for one, don’t worry. Lots of people make the rookie mistake of ignoring the knife and paying a price for it. That price is the rust gathering on our kitchen knife. But because this is such a common problem, there are plenty of ways in which you can solve it. Here are three of the simplest ways to keep it clean. 

1. White Vinegar 

How To Remove Rust From Kitchen Knives

White vinegar is a popular solution when it comes to cleaning. So, all you need to do is get your rusty tools and place them in a solution of white vinegar for the night. After they are soaked well, you should take them out and you will be able to scrub the rust off the knife with great ease. 

You might have to use a wire brush and elbow grease if the rust is stubborn. Sometimes you will see a few spots left on it. That just means you started cleaning the knife before giving it a chance to be completely soaked. Put it back in the bowl of vinegar and give it another shot after some time. 

And once you have a clean knife, make sure you dry it off quickly because that’s what invited the rust the first time around. 

2. Citric Acid 

How To Remove Rust From Kitchen Knives

Another way of getting rid of rust from your kitchen knives is to use citric acid. You are probably thinking of grabbing the lemon nearby, but you might want to get something from your nearby supermarket. 

That’s because the commercial ones that are found near baking raw materials come with a little more kick which is perfect if you want to remove rust, paint and other types of coatings. 

That is also why it is not recommended for all types of metals, but if you have to get rid of rust for a kitchen knife, this is your guy. Take a couple of tablespoons of the citric acid and pour it into a bowl filled with hot water. Dunk the rusty knives in the solution and leave it be for a night. As with the white vinegar, the knives will be ready to shake off the rust the next morning. 

3. Baking Soda 

How To Remove Rust From Kitchen Knives

Speaking of cleaning tools that are readily available in the house, you can also use baking soda to get rid of rust. But you must note right away that this is a solution only if you are dealing with a mild case of rust stains. 

Apart from kitchen knives, you can use baking soda to clean rust off of any kind of thin metal. What you do is you make a thick little paste with baking soda and water. 

Now, cover the knife entirely with the paste and especially the rusty bits. Make sure the paste is left on the knife for a little over an hour. Then, using a wire brush and some force, scrub the rust off the knife. Make sure you rinse the knife thoroughly after this and wipe it down with a cloth. 


Wrapping Up 

If you let iron, air and water get together, especially on your kitchen knife, they can unleash hell in the form of rust. There are two very simple ways of avoiding this. One, you must make sure that the knives are washed every time they are used and then wiped down with a clean and dry cloth. It’s best not to leave them in a dishwasher. And it’s not a great idea to leave them in the sink either. 

The second tip is to remember that metal objects must be stored in places that are dry or generally have low humidity. Take these two steps seriously and your knives (and other metal tools) will be just fine. 

Chef Matty
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