How to Clean Rust on Kitchen Utensils

Alicia Bodine

Many kitchen utensils, including silverware, are made out of metal. Metal can begin to rust over time. This can happen if water is left on the metal for any length of time. It is important to remove the rust as soon as you notice it.

Over time, rust can develop on your silverware.

If rust were to get in a cut on your skin, it could lead to an illness such as tetanus. You probably already have the items you need in your home to clean the rust from your kitchen utensils.


Chest of Books (see resources) has a list of chemicals that can be used to remove rust from your kitchen utensils. Use with caution if you are not familiar with each chemical and how it works.

  1. Place your kitchen utensils in a container that is big enough to hold them.

  2. Pour cola over them until they are completely covered in the soft drink.

  3. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 tbsp. of baking soda to the container and mix as best as you can.

  4. Let the kitchen utensils sit overnight. Remove them from the container one at a time and start scouring them. The University of Florida recommends scouring your kitchen utensils with a steel wool scouring pad to remove the rust. The rust will be either gone, or very loose from sitting in your cola/vinegar/baking soda solution all night.

  5. Rinse the kitchen utensils with hot water and dry with a towel immediately after.