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How to Remove Corrosion from Stainless Steel?

How to Remove Corrosion from Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a popular material for home appliances, fixtures, and outdoor furniture due to its durability and attractive appearance. However, over time, stainless steel can become corroded or tarnished with the accumulation of dirt, dust, and sweat. Fortunately, it’s easy to clean away any corrosion on your stainless steel items using common household materials. Let’s take a look at how you can clean your stainless steel items quickly and easily.

Materials Needed

In order to clean corrosion off of your stainless steel items, you will need the following materials:

  • White vinegar or lemon juice (you can also use a combination of both).
  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush works well)
  • Rag or cloth
  • Sponges (optional)
  • Mild dish soap (optional)
  • Protective gloves (optional)
  • Safety glasses (optional)
  • Bucket or bowl for mixing solution (optional)
  • Water for rinsing off the solution when finished cleaning (optional)
  • Towel for drying the item once it has been cleaned and rinsed off (optional)


  • Begin by mixing together 1 cup of white vinegar or lemon juice with two tablespoons of baking soda in a bucket or bowl until it forms a thick paste. If you want an even stronger solution, you can mix together equal parts white vinegar/lemon juice and baking soda. This will create enough solutions to clean multiple items.
  • Put on protective gloves if desired, as the cleaning solution may irritate the skin if left on too long. Put on safety glasses if desired as well; this is especially important if you are using vinegar in your cleaning solution, as it will give off fumes that you don’t want to get into your eyes while cleaning.
  • Apply the cleaning solution onto the surface of the item using either a rag or cloth. Rub gently until all areas have been covered in the paste-like mixture before allowing it to sit for about 10 minutes so that it can loosen up any dirt or grime that has accumulated on the surface over time. Be sure to avoid letting any part of the paste come into contact with other surfaces, such as countertops or floors, as this could cause damage over time if not wiped away immediately after use.
  • After 10 minutes have passed, use either a soft-bristled brush or sponge to scrub away any remaining dirt or grime from the item’s surface until all areas have been thoroughly cleaned off. It may be necessary to add more baking soda/vinegar mixture during this step depending on how much dirt/grime is present; just be sure not to add too much as this could make it difficult to remove later on once done scrubbing away at all areas affected by corrosion/tarnish buildup over time.
  •  Once finished scrubbing away at all affected areas, rinse off any remaining paste using either water alone or with some mild dish soap added in if desired before wiping dry with a towel if needed afterwards.
  • Once completed these steps, your stainless steel item should now be free from corrosion! Enjoy its newfound shine!


Keeping your stainless steel items looking like new isn’t hard when you know how! With just some white vinegar/lemon juice and baking soda, along with some patience and elbow grease, your stainless steel will be shining like brand new again in no time! So next time you notice corrosion accumulating on one of your favourite stainless steel items around the house – don’t fret – just follow these simple steps above for quick results!

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