Despite the myth, you don’t have to wave goodbye to your favourite clothes because you have a couple of rusty spots. With a few effective stain removal tips and a helping hand from Ariel, you can become so laundry savvy that even the toughest stains stand little chance. Read our step-by-step guide on how to remove rust stains from clothes, or watch our instruction video below, and get rid of those pesky iron stains in the 1st go!
Rust stain removal in 7 steps
- Remove excess
To start with, brush the excess rust off with a toothbrush or other soft-bristled brush.
- Dilute the rust
Dilute the rust stain by rinsing it under running cold water. The higher the water pressure, the easier it will be to remove any excess stain.
In a plastic bucket, create a soaking solution with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and cold water, and let the garment soak for up to 30 minutes.
- Preparing for wash
Gently wring out the excess water before adding it to your wash with similar items.
Add detergent based on the instructions on your pack. Choose Ariel Matic for Ariel’s best rust stain removal yet. Ariel Matic is now available for front and top load machines. If you own a semi-automatic washing machine, choose simple Ariel Complete Washing Powder.
Load your garment into the washing machine with other, similar items and wash on your usual cycle, at the highest temperature shown on the care label.
After the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.
Video guide on how to remove rust stains
Rust stain removal with vinegar and detergent
If you’ve got a seriously bad rust stain emergency on your hand, consider using this alternative rust stain removal technique:
- Lay the garment on a flat surface
- Pour a small amount of white vinegar (one of nature’s top rust stain removers) onto the stain and spread it evenly
- Let it sit for a few minutes
- Blot the spot with a clean white towel
- Lay the garment in the sun until it dries and the stain begins to fade
- Wash as usual with your choice of Ariel detergent
Frequently Asked Questions on how to remove rust stains from clothes
If the above guide didn’t answer all your rust-related questions, our FAQ section will most definitely will!
How do you get old rust stains out of clothes?
First, lay the rusty garment on a towel on a flat surface in direct sunlight, with the stained area facing upward. Next, sprinkle the stain with lemon juice and rub it into the stain using your fingers. Allow the garment to sit for 15 minutes, rinse it with cold water, and wash it as usual.
Will hydrogen peroxide remove rust stains from clothes?
Yes. To remove rust stains from clothes, mix a few drops of hydrogen peroxide together with a teaspoon of tartar cream and baking soda. Apply the resulting paste onto the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse it thoroughly and wash the clothes as usual.
What causes rust stains on laundry?
There can be many reasons behind rust stains appearing on your freshly washed clothes, including:
- bacteria in older iron pipes
- rust and iron deposits breaking loose within water pipes and water heaters
- accumulation of rust during drought or in case of low water reserves
- old washing machines with rusty tubs
Does baking soda remove rust stains from clothes?
Yes. To remove rust stains using the baking soda method, mix some baking soda with cold water, add a capful of laundry detergent, then pour the solution directly on the stain. Wait for 30 minutes, then wash the stained garment as you normally would.
How do you get brown & yellow iron stains out of clothes?
Soak your iron-stained garments in a mixture of white vinegar and water overnight, then wash them as usual.
Does bleach remove rust stains?
No, bleach is oxidising agent that will set the rust stain for good.
Effective stain removal on many stains
Although rust stains may not happen daily, your clothes are always at risk from getting unpleasant stains on them. But don’t worry, Ariel’s comprehensive stain removal guides can help get your garments out of a tight and dirty spot for many tough stains, from spilled red wine to paint.