If your old tools are rusted or beginning to rust, don’t throw them out! Some of the best tools are your old tools so don’t give up on them — just restore them!

Rust forms when your tool is exposed to both water and oxygen for an extensive amount of time. While rust forming on your tools is bound to happen, it’s still annoying.

Here’s how to clean rusty tools and have them look brand new!

How to Clean Rusty Tools

The first thing you want to do when removing rust from your tools is to get a plastic bin big enough to fit your rusted tools. Next, pour white vinegar over the tools so they are submerged in the liquid and let them sit for forty-eight hours.

While they’re soaking, you should be able to see some of the sediment coming off of the tools. After they are done soaking, take a small wire brush and scrub the rust off of the tool.

It should come off rather easily! Once the rust is off, make sure to dry your tools very well. Then spray them with some lubricant of your choice and you’re done!

Rust leaves your tools looking worse for wear. There’s a Simple Solution to fix this problem!

Watch the video above for more information!

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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