The Best Way to Get Rid of Iron and Rust Stains

Imagine that every time you lift the lid on your toilet bowl or pulled your laundry out of the dryer, you saw reddish-brown stains coating the bowl or clinging to your towels? If you have iron floating around in your water, you could very easily find that your home is plagued with rust stains.

While you should definitely consider installing a filtration system to get rid of the iron entirely, in the meantime, here are some of the best ways to get rid of iron and rust stains now.

For Fabrics

Lemon and Salt

Pour some salt onto the stain, followed by squeezing some lemon juice onto it. After that, let the mixture  sit for about 30 minutes. If you’re doing this in an area where sunlight can hit the fabric, be very careful since these two ingredients (combined with sunlight) can bleach clothing.


Consider this a very simple solution! For this trick, all you have to do is soak the clothing or towel in distilled white vinegar for about 10 minutes then wash it as you normally would.

For Concrete

Believe it or not, concrete can grow rust if it stays wet with water that contains iron. This is most common in “wetter” areas such as garages and basements, but  can usually be taken care of by using a soft-bristled brush and a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

For Toilets

This is a common area you’ll find rust stains — and luckily, there are a few ways you can get rid of them.

For Porcelain

Use soap, water, and a brush to remove lighter grime, followed by using a water-soaked pumice stone to scrub away the rust.

For Greener Cleaning

Using a paste made of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide, take a soft-bristled brush and scrub the rust out of your toilet. Since this method is less harsh than using chemical cleaners, you can keep using  this trick until you get the results you want.

Like we said, the best way to permanently get rid of those rust stains is to get rid of the iron in your water. The experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning can perform a free water analysis at your home and offer you the best water filtration system for your individual needs.

Laura Schara

Kinetico is an essential part of my home because I care about my health.  Kinetico K5 drinking system removes 99% of contaminants, including chlorine, out of my drinking water.  Not only can I taste the difference, but I feel good knowing that I am only consuming clean pure water.  When you have kinetico, less plastic water bottles are used, which is beneficial to our environment.  

Laura Schara

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