How to Clean Rusted Bolts

When a look into your toolbox reveals old, rusty bolts, you may be tempted to just throw them out and buy new ones.

Clean Loose Rusted Bolts

Rusted bolts are a nuisance, but a few household products will usually do the trick to clean them.Rusted bolts are a nuisance, but a few household products will usually do the trick to clean them.
However, if the bolts are particularly old or designed for a specialty product, you may not be able to find new ones in the right size or shape. You also may have rusted bolts already in place that are challenging to remove. You may be able to use your rusty bolts (or remove them more easily) if you clean them.

Step 1

Fill a bucket with vinegar, diet cola or a rust remover solution you get from your hardware store.

Step 2

Place the rusted bolts in the bucket, fully submerged, and cover the bucket.

Step 3

Leave for 24 hours, then rinse clean.

Clean Rusted Bolts in Place

Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, diet cola or a rust remover solution you get from your hardware store.

Step 2

Spray the area with the rusted bolts thoroughly and let sit overnight.

Step 3

Scrub the area with an old toothbrush, a wire brush or fine-grade sandpaper.

Things You Will Need

  • Vinegar or rust remover
  • Toothbrush or wire brush
  • Fine-grade sandpaper
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle

About the Author

Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.