Remove Rust on Cutlery – Here’s how to do it!

Cutlery is used daily, and so it is no wonder that small rust stains develop over time. This happens not only when rinsing by hand, but also when cleaning with the dishwasher. The rust stains can be removed quite easily. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, and it doesn’t have to be hours of polishing anymore. The following guide provides detailed information not only on the topics why cutlery starts to rust in the first place, but also helpful tips on how to remove the rust.


Why Does Cutlery Rust 

Rust occurs whenever a material reacts with oxygen and water. The process is also called corrosion. The material can be either steel or iron, so basically, any steel mixture is susceptible to rust. Especially cutlery for the outdoor area can start to rust quickly because it gets moist regularly. But even in the kitchen, the cutlery is not safe from rust.

As a rule, cutlery is actually “rust-free”, but that does not mean that the cutlery cannot rust. The term “rust-free” only means that the cutlery is not so sensitive to rust. Especially with regular cleaning in the dishwasher, the cutlery may get rusting over time.

Incorrect care, handling or storage is to blame for the fact that cutlery starts to rust over time. Cutlery must under no circumstances lie in the water for longer or be exposed to a lot of moisture for a long time. Then it starts to rust. Cleaning in the dishwasher is also not advisable because the cutlery will come into contact with water for a more extended period of time and the rusting will be animated.

The rust that is on the cutlery is so-called flying rust. Flying rust is dust that settles on the metal and does not penetrate the metal. Thus, of course, flight rust can be removed much better. It is essential that the rust of the flight is also removed quickly. Otherwise, the rust can eat into the metal of the cutlery and make the cutlery porous. Deep-seated rust can also be removed. For this, however, grinding is necessary. Ideally, the rust is removed immediately after detection to avoid deeper damage to the cutlery.


How Can I Remove Rust on Cutlery?

There are several ways to remove rust from the cutlery.

Insert in Coke

Insert in Coke

A straightforward method to remove the rust from the cutlery is made possible with Cola. This requires only one container and a bottle of Coke. It doesn’t matter if it’s a branded cola or a NoName product. The cutlery is placed in the box, and the Cola is poured in.

The cutlery must be covered entirely with the Cola. Then it’s just waiting. The acid in the Cola provides the solution of the rust. Afterwards, the rust can be easily wiped off. The Cola does not have to be purchased separately, nor is a new bottle necessary.

A residue without carbonic acid is completely sufficient because it is in the Cola itself, not in the carbonic acid.


Use lemon juice

Use lemon juice

Another method is to use lemon juice. Ziton juice concentrate but also fresh lemon juice is suitable for this purpose. The fluid needs to be dripped to the place that is rife with rust. Then wipe it. The acidity in the lemon ensures that the rust dissolves immediately and can be easily removed.


Cleaning stones

The plaster stone is the third method. Cleaning stones can be bought on the Internet or in retail. The plaster stone is commercially available and is the ideal rust killer. All you need is the plaster stone and a sponge. The sponge is slightly moistened with warm water and rubbed over the cleaning stone. The rubbed sponge is now used to treat the cutlery. The rust quickly begins to loosen and can be removed.


Baking powder/soda

Baking powdersoda

With the help of back puller and soda, the rust on the cutlery can also be brought to life. To do this, baking powder and soda must be mixed together. The ratio is 1:1, i.e. a packet of baking powder with a packet of soda. The two components are mixed together until a creamy paste has been formed. The paste is then applied to the rust sites with a sponge. After a short waiting time, which only has to last a few minutes, the autism is rinsed with water. Then wash normally with water and detergent and the rust is removed.


Glass-ceramic cleaner

Glass-ceramic cleaner

Glass-ceramic cleaners are available in the cleaning products department in every supermarket from different manufacturers. The special cleaner is a gentle but very thorough means to remove rust ingestion from cutlery.

For this purpose, the cleaner is simply placed on a cloth and then the cutlery is rubbed with it. After a short exposure time, the cutlery is washed normally with detergent and the rust is gone.






In the trade, there is cutlery, which is labelled “rust-free”. This inscription does not mean that the cutlery cannot rust, but simply an alloy is present that makes rusting difficult. In the case of incorrect treatment, storage or cleaning, any cutlery can rust over time. This is so-called flying rust, which is only on the surface. The flight rust can be removed quickly and without much effort with various home remedies. The easiest way is to put the cutlery in Cola. The acid dissolves the rust and after rubbing the cutlery is rust-free again. But the other methods are also suitable for quickly removing the rust on cutlery.