Rust stains can appear on the fabric from rusty water, from contact with rusty metal, from a coin left in your pocket. You should not be upset and take your time to get rid of it from your favorite shirt or trousers!
You will be surprised by how many simple and affordable ways there are to remove rust from fabrics.
In a cup, combine one part of freshly squeezed lemon juice and one part of cold water. Submerge a piece of cloth with a rusty stain in the solution for 30 minutes. Remove the fabric from the solution, wring it out and check for a stain. Never wash this type of stain with hot water, only cold water.
If the stain is still in place, let the garment stand in the solution for another 15 minutes. If the stain persists, rinse thoroughly in cold water and soak the area in undiluted liquid detergent. Rub the fabric as hard as possible. After that, wash the garment according to the instructions on the label.
It also involves lemon juice. But first, place the stained fabric on several layers of paper towels, stain side up. It is they who will later absorb the unpleasant rust. Sprinkle salt on the stain. Cut the lemon in half and rub the pulp vigorously against the cloth. Cover with a few more layers of towels and set in the sun to dry for at least two hours. The rust stain will gradually fade away. Wash the item as usual.
There is another quick way. Stretch the rusted-stained cloth over a pot of boiling water and sprinkle citric acid or lemon juice over the stain. Leave the cloth in this position over boiling water for five minutes, then rinse. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
Our grandmothers knew the fourth method. Combine a thick vinegar and salt paste. Apply the paste to the stain. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and wash off with warm water. The stain was gone.
If all these methods fail, industrial rust removal methods remain. You can go to a dry cleaner or purchase household cleaning products specifically designed for this purpose. Strictly follow package directions and use rust remover only in a well-ventilated area. Rinse your garments immediately after chemical treatment; otherwise, the garment may deteriorate badly.
Try not to use bleach to clean rust stains on your clothes. Bleaching agents may not do the job but turn the stain from brown to yellow.