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Mum shares her seven-step ‘magic trick’ for removing rust stains from old pans

Mum shares her seven-step ‘magic trick’ for removing rust stains from old pans – and she promises it works every time

  • An organised mum has shared her seven-step magic trick for removing rust
  • Carolina McCauley, from Perth, built a huge social media following for her tips
  • In her latest clip, Carolina shows how baking soda, salt and vinegar work well
  • Hundreds said they would try it, while others said lemon juice works just as well 

An organised mum has shared her seven-step ‘magic trick’ for removing rust stains from old pots and pans, and she said she ‘couldn’t believe it worked’ when she tried it.

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, has built a huge social media following for sharing handy hints and tricks, including how to clean a grubby couch, how to deep clean your dishwasher and why you need to clean your toaster.

In her latest clip, Carolina showed how to get rid of the unsightly rust marks that end up on so many kitchen tools.

She said you only need five ingredients to make your pots and pans look brand new. 

BEFORE: An organised mum has shared her seven-step ‘magic trick’ for removing rust stains from old pots and pans, and she said she ‘couldn’t believe it worked’ when she tried it

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, has built a huge social media following for sharing handy hints and tricks, including the latest on how to clean your grubby pots (pictured in process)

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, has built a huge social media following for sharing handy hints and tricks, including the latest on how to clean your grubby pots (pictured in process)

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, has built a huge social media following for sharing handy hints and tricks, including the latest on how to clean your grubby pots  (pictured in process)

‘This is how I remove rust from pans,’ Carolina wrote.

‘First of all, sprinkle them with salt.’

The mum can be seen sieving a small amount of salt onto the base of the pan, to which she then adds some baking soda.

Carolina recommends you be generous with the amount of baking soda you use, and then lay down some paper towel on top of the mixture so that it it soaked.

How to remove rust stains from pans in 30 minutes 

STEP ONE: Sprinkle the base of your pan with salt.

Carolina said you need five ingredients and seven steps to make your items look brand new (pictured in process)

Carolina said you need five ingredients and seven steps to make your items look brand new (pictured in process)

STEP TWO: Add a generous amount of baking soda to the mix.

STEP THREE: Cover the mixture in paper towel.

STEP FOUR: Coat the paper towel in a generous amount of white vinegar.

STEP FIVE: Leave the mix to sit for 30 minutes.

STEP SIX: Remove the vinegary paper towel and scrub it with a steel wool pad.

STEP SEVEN: Rinse the pan under hot water.

Source: Carolina McCauley 

Vinegar is an effective rust remover because it reacts with the rust and helps it to dissolve (pictured in process)

Vinegar is an effective rust remover because it reacts with the rust and helps it to dissolve (pictured in process)

Vinegar is an effective rust remover because it reacts with the rust and helps it to dissolve (pictured in process)

You then need to leave it for 30 minutes so that the mixture is fully absorbed.

‘After removing the vinegary paper towel, give it a scrub with a steel wool pad,’ Carolina said.

This should lift any rust stains, and finally rinse the pan under hot water.

The reason why white vinegar is an effective rust remover is because the vinegar reacts with the rust and later dissolves.

Others swear by using foods like the juice from lemon to get rid of old stains. 

AFTER: Hundreds who saw Carolina's step-by-step method were impressed and said they would definitely be trying it, particularly while they are stuck in lockdown

AFTER: Hundreds who saw Carolina’s step-by-step method were impressed and said they would definitely be trying it, particularly while they are stuck in lockdown

Hundreds who saw Carolina’s step-by-step method were impressed and said they would definitely be trying it, particularly while they are stuck in lockdown.

‘Can’t wait to try this one,’ one commenter posted.

Others tagged their friends and said they would ‘love this’ trick.

Many said they use other ways to get rid of their rust, including the popular Scrub Daddy product and Bar Keeper’s Friend.



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