Molasses is a zero waste rust remover

Molasses is a rust remover.

These are two almost identical tobacco tins. I’ve cleaned the one on the right by soaking it in diluted molasses for 2 weeks. The one on the left represents the ‘before’ state.

Molasses is a zero waste rust remover

Molasses is a zero waste rust remover

 

It takes patience, but it works:

  1. Dilute molasses in water.
  2. Soak rusty item in mixture.
  3. After 2 weeks, molasses should have turned the rust into a goop. Rinse with water.
  4. Gently wipe excess rust off with a rag.

Natural solutions are all around us. Not only is this zero tox, but it’s made from ingredients that we could eat! Do you have any quirky cleaning solutions that you’ve tried? I’d love to learn more.