Rust is caused by moisture and grease build-up; however, it can also be caused when water and grease get into the cracks and crevices of the stove.
Here are some methods to remove rust from your stove:
According to eHow – an online publication that offers friendly guides to all things DIY- vinegar contains acetic acid which reacts to iron oxide (rust) to form water and a compound called ferric acetate.
The source also provides the following steps as a guide to use this method:
Step 1: Spray or dab vinegar and leave for 20 to 30 minutes to soak.
Step 2: Scrub the remaining surface rust with an old toothbrush or kitchen brush, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
Use lemon juice and borax
Mbali Nhlapho – a trusted TikTok housekeeper known for her cleaning hacks – says that this combination works well because lemon juice is a natural degreaser and an antibacterial agent that cuts through grease and grime. On the other hand, borax is a mild abrasive and deodorizer that helps with scrubbing away stains.
Mbali gives the following steps on how to use the product:
Step 1: Mix the two to form a paste (when your paste becomes dry, rewet it with water).
Step 2: Apply the cloth on the stove using a microfiber cloth and leave it for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Use your kitchen brush to scrub. If the rust is still there, repeat the process.
Step 4: Wash with clean water and dry completely.
Use potato and baking soda
This is an unusual combination that can be used as a gentle cleaner for surfaces that are delicate. The potato acts as a scrubber while the baking soda breaks down dirt and grime, says eHow.
The above-mentioned source gives the following steps as a guide:
Step 1: Slice a potato in half.
Step 2: Sprinkle baking soda or salt on the cut side for an abrasive layer.
Step 3: Rub the potato on the rusted area, then wash and dry it before using it again.
Use of Baby oil
The above-mentioned sources add that baby oil is a versatile product that can be used for cleaning and polishing around the house. It is highly effective for surfaces like stainless steel, brass, and copper.
eHow suggests the following steps to use the method above:
Step 1: Apply a small amount of the baby oil onto a cloth.
Step 2: Use the cloth to wipe down the surface.