How to Get Rid of Iron Stains of Clothes

While any stains that find their way to your clothing are irritating, iron stains seem twice as bad. The bright red color clashes with most apparel making it more than noticeable. Though rust stains require a different approach than other stains when it comes to getting rid of them, if you know what you're doing they aren't any more difficult to remove than other stains.

  1. Lay the garment on a flat surface with the iron stain facing up.

  2. Saturate the area with white vinegar.

  3. Sprinkle table salt all over the stain.

  4. Rub the salt into the stain with a clean cloth.

  5. Set the garment outside in the sunshine to help draw the stain out.

  6. Allow the garment to sit outside for 2 to 3 hours.

  7. Launder the garment as usual.


  • Do not place the garment in the dryer until the stain is gone as the heat may set the stain in.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.