How to Get Rust Out of an Aluminum Pan
Rust is a generic name given to iron oxides and metal corrosion. Aluminium is a lightweight metal whose good thermal conductivity makes it popular for making cookware and pans. It is often combined with other metals, as it tends to alter the flavour of some foods. Pans made solely of aluminium will corrode, as combining the metal with water and oxygen results in oxidation -- and the formation of aluminium oxides. Rust, or iron oxide, will only form on pans that also have an iron content. Iron and aluminium oxides can be removed from pans using acids, such as a vinegar solution, or by mechanical means, such as by scrubbing the surface with steel wool. Using a combination of these two methods yields the best results.