Removing rust from tools using Coca Cola

Last night I saw a television commercial for CLR cleaner that demonstrated its near-magical effectiveness for removing rust from common household metallic objects.  I must’ve made a skeptical comment to my wife who replied, “I hear Coca Cola can be used to remove rust.”

Within seconds I sprang into action!  I ran into the basement and pulled out a pair of wire cutters and needle-nose pliers from my toolbox that were beginning to rust. Normally the visual appearance of some oxidation wouldn’t bother me, but recently I started having difficulty opening and closing them during use.

“Let’s put this to the test,” I thought.

These pliers have a small amount of visible rust, but they are difficult to open and close.

These pliers have a small amount of visible rust, but they are difficult to open and close.

On quick inspection in the bright light of the kitchen I noticed the pliers weren’t nearly as rusty as I thought they were from usually seeing them in the dim light of the basement.

I placed the pliers face-down in a plastic container for one hour.

I placed the pliers face-down in a plastic container for one hour.

I dropped the pliers face-down into a bath of Coca Cola for an hour while I ate dinner. The carbonated action reminded me of a 1980s comic-book movie I saw where a villian fall into a vat of acid.  Can’t remember whether it was Batman starring Michael Keaton or Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty.  I’m leaning toward Batman.

Gently wiped dry the pliers and was surprised to find the oxidation removed; they open and close much more easily now.

Gently wiped dry the pliers and was surprised to find the oxidation removed; they open and close much more easily now.

An hour later I pulled the pliers and gave them a quick wipedown with a dry paper towel.  I was surprised to see how much oxidation wiped off with without the need to apply any pressure.  More impressive is the open/close action on these tools is like new.

Color me surprised.

Tagged as: , , , ,

1 Response »

  1. Apparently vinegar works too. I find a lot of these modern day cleaning solutions can be substituted for other simple ingredients like this, avoiding the need to clutter the cupboard under the sink with branded and excessively marketed products.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

I am Matt Robb, a technology and fiction writer. Continue reading →

Read in your favorite feed reader

Copyright © 2016-2018 Matt Robb. All rights reserved.
%d bloggers like this: