I love crisp white linens and towels - like these beautiful vintage linens found on Pinterest. Nothing looks cleaner than bright whites. Unless of course, you get a stain. Most stains can be removed with a spot remover or by bleaching the heck out of it. But not a rust stain.
I love to use white bar mops in my kitchen to do dishes. I usually have one sitting on the counter under my hand washed dishes, pots and pans and cooking utensils. Every now and then, a rust stain will appear. No amount of bleaching or soaking will get them out. You know why? Because they’re not true stains. They’re little chemistry experiments gone bad and living on your towel. Bleach will actually make the stain worse by reacting with the iron oxide (rust). Here’s how you can remove a rust stain.
You’ll need salt.
And some lemon juice. I didn’t have any fresh lemons so I used the bottled lemon juice.
Pile a good amount of salt over your rust stain.
Cover the pile of salt with lemon juice. Place your towel in a sunny location. I put mine up on the window ledge. Ignore it for several hours. When you do check on it, you can add more lemon juice if you still see the stain.
After 24 hours, carefully rinse the spot in cool water. Ta-dah! Your stain should be gone. On this towel, you can still see the tiniest stain that I can probably get out with a second treatment. I’ve done other towels where the stain is completely gone. I feel so much better now that my white towels are bright white again.
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