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Remove rust stains from clothes and carpet using citric acid

We're going to let you in on a secret that we all wished we knew sooner: citric acid can be used to remove rust stains from your carpet and upholstery. 


Mind. Blown. 


Rust stains can become challenging to remove, especially when they're not fresh. Regardless of how the stain appeared and how serious it is, there are methods you can take to get rid of nasty rust once and for all. 


  1. Remove loose rust with a butter knife to scrape away or loosen any rust buildup. 
  2. Use a vacuum to pick up any loosened rust particles. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix two tablespoons of dishwashing soap and one tablespoon of citric acid with two cups of warm water.
  4. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and saturate the stained area. Note: use less liquid on upholstery. 
  5. Let the solution sit for at least five minutes, then blot with another clean cloth. Make sure to use a clean area of the cloth as the rust stain will transfer onto it. 
  6. Finally, blot with a cloth dipped in plain water to rinse away the soapy residue and let the carpet or upholstery dry.


If you're looking for the mother of all citric to further deep clean, try a thick paste of table salt and lemon juice (about 1/4 cup of table salt and one teaspoon of lemon juice). Apply the paste to the stain and let the mixture sit for at least two hours or until it is dry.


If rust stains are a frequent headache, you'll have to track down the source of the rust to prevent the stains from happening again! Double-check possibilities such as corroded metal furniture or even nearby leaking pipes. 


Don't worry; once you've found the source, you'll be all set with the perfect citric acid recipe to handle any stain!

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