apart from one "green" household hints book which recommends that
I boil the stained part of the towel in a solution of Cream of
Tartar, I'd like to know what others have found useful for
getting out quite a bad rust stain from a white towel. It was
left damp with a safety pin inside which, of course, rusted.
I had all my whites sorted and ready to wash a few weeks ago only to come
home to find that the water heater rusted through, soaking the clothes with
rusty water. I got some Iron Out and added it to the wash water, soaking
them for several hours. It took out all the rust.
Hi and thank you for your response. As is often the case, I
don't know that product by that name here in Melbourne, Australia
(unless it is a hardware item that I'm unfamiliar with).
Could you please tell me what are its active ingredients?
Rust is removed using acid treatments, which is why things like lemon juice
can have an effect. Start with acetic acid or Pickling vinegar and work to
stronger acid groups or even specific rust removers.
However, cotton likes alkaline not acid conditions so have some dilute
ammonia handy to stop any adverse reaction when you get on to higher grade
acids or specific rust treatments.
Hope this helps
Drench the stain thorougly with bottled lemon juice, and leave it
outside in direct bright sunlight for a few hours. Sometimes it
takes two or three treatments to fully get rid of the rust stain,
sometimes only one.
My husband used to get his workshirts covered with rust stains fairly
often, and this always worked for me. (Why hospitals like to select
blue and white striped shirts for heating/AC maintenance personnel
who get covered in rust and black grease is beyond me.) At least
the place he works now had more sense, and picked brown shirts.
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