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Removing rust stains

By Dr. Laundry February 25, 2013

How can I remove rust in fabrics?

Unfortunately rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach (or any chlorine bleach for that matter). You need to use a rust remover product instead, and these can be found at hardware stores—just be sure to read and follow the package directions, including wearing gloves. The biggest issue with treating 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. After you have treated the items, be sure to rinse them thoroughly and let them air dry.