Removing Rust Stains Out of Clothes
Q. How do you get rust stains out of clothes?
A. Hi Nola;
Rust stains are particularly limited in what will effectively take them out. Most importantly, it’s critical to note that rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 (or any chlorine bleach for that matter).
You need to use a rust remover product instead, which can be found at hardware stores. These products are very strong acids — that’s why they are effective — just be sure to read and follow the package directions, including wearing gloves.
The biggest issue with treating machine washable fabrics with a rust remover is whether or not they are colorfast. You can always test a spot on a hidden part of the stained items if you want to be sure the rust remover is safe to use — again, follow the instructions on the package. After you have treated the items, be sure to rinse them thoroughly and let them air dry.
I hope this is helpful — please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing.