Rust stains. They happen. I used to think I was just doing something wrong with my washing technique and the only real solution was to just hide those embarrassing knives if I ever had anyone in the kitchen helping me out. Recently, though I’ve realized that I don’t have to live this way! I decided to see if I could actually just fix this problem, since our new fancy-pants dishwasher doesn’t seem to be making them any better, and of course, the solution was so easy and something I should have taken the time to figure out years ago. Isn’t that always the way?
If you’ve got a little bit of shame in your game when it comes to your kitchen knives too, here’s what you need to do!
First, round out up all of your grossest knives.
Next, gather some basic supplies that you almost certainly already have in your kitchen: A cup, some lemon juice, and water.
Next, make a mixture of half warm water and half lemon juice in your cup, enough to cover the metal parts of your knives, and drop your knives in!
After 10 minutes is up, remove your knives from the lemon water. The rust spots should be really well-loosened by now. Most of mine came off really easily, like I could have almost just looked at them and they would have been gone. Depending on how tough your stains are, you can either use a cloth to wipe them away or one of these green scrubby things:
*UPDATE!* I created a new, updated post for this tip! If you’d like to see the video to see the process in action, you can find it here!
If you’ve been having this most unpleasant issue, try the lemon juice trick before you go for any crazy commercial cleaners! It really works!