How to Get Rid of Rust Stains on Cotton Fabric

Many clothes, towels and bed linens are made of cotton. These fabrics get rust stains when they come into contact with rusted objects. Rust mostly forms on metals so power tools, cast iron cookware and appliances can all get rusty. The rust then transfers to the clothes or the linen.

Getting rid of rust stains on cotton fabric is doable, but it does take time. The best course of action is to remove rust stains from around the home because they are transferred to cotton fabrics.

  1. Place a towel or paper towels on a flat surface like a table.

  2. Place the cotton fabric with the rust stains on the towel or paper towels.

  3. Pour bottled lemon juice on the rust stains. Completely saturate them. Lemon juice is a bleaching agent. Another option is to use white vinegar.

  4. Sprinkle a little table salt into the wet rust stains.

  5. Take the cotton fabric (with the underlying towel) outdoors. Place it directly in the sunlight. Keep the fabric in the sun until the lemon juice or white vinegar dries.

  6. Wash the cotton fabric as usual in the washing machine.

  7. Examine the fabric afterward to make certain all the rust is gone. If the cotton is still rusty and you place it in a hot dryer, the heat will set in the rust stains, making them harder to remove.

  8. Repeat Steps 3 to 7 if the rust remains on cotton fabric. Once the rust stains are gone, throw it is the dryer.