Rust stains can get on your tub either from old plumbing or from metal objects left sitting around the edge. These stains can be removed from your tub by using the proper cleaning products. This is a guide about removing rust stains from a bathtub.
How do you get rust and other stains out of a bathtub without scratching the tub?
By Jenna from Salem, OR
I second the vote for the Magic Eraser. Generic equivalents work as well.
Ok, You can rub it will lemon!
Came across your comment from searching how to get rid of rust on fiberglass! I went to Ace hardware they had it I used it and it really did work. It was effortless! I used comet and clorox bathroom cleaner first and scrubbed for 35 minutes with no luck.
Highly recumbent WHINK!!!
What did you end up using that worked?
How do I remove rust stains from a bathtub?
By Joseph Di T.
I tried 'nana6x's suggestion. It worked awesome! 'The Works' is at dollar tree and worked like a charm.
I was surprised at how well The Works works. Rust on my fiberglass tub just kinda disolved away after 10 minutes. I was also surprised at how useless CLR and bakingsoda/vinegar were. Just beware The Works smells strongly of rotten eggs buts it's worth it.
I too use The works it does good on my toilet., but the tub is harder. It turns the real dark rust to a orange. I had to use pumice stone as the scrubber. I am disabled and have to pay someone to do it.
Plastic bottles of Clorox that were left in a porcelain tub for a long period left rust stains in the tub. Why?
By Jarvi from Minneapolis, MN
Most likely the bleach caused the stains. Many times when the product, in this case bleach, is poured from the bottle there is a residue of bleach that will run down the outside of the bottle and collect on the bottom of the bottle. If the bottle is not wiped carefully the bleach will settle under the bottle and cause staining when placed on a surface.
Saturate the stains with hydrogen peroxide. Leave it on the stains, until the stains disappear, then rinse well with plain water.
Chlorine, the active chemical in bleach, is an oxidizer. Rust is oxidation. Chlorine causes rust to appear much faster than mere water based moisture.
How do you clean rust from a porcelain bathtub?
By Anastasia from Berkeley
This came up just a few days ago. I recommended Bar Keeper's Friend:
It worked well for my porcelain sink!
Just don't use bleach, it will set the stain in.
How do I get rust stains out of a fiberglass tub?
By Linda from Nevils, GA
How do I remove rust stains from the bathtub?
By Kim from Hartford, CT
If this is a metal or cast iron tub, Bar Keeper's Friend (found near the Ajax, about $2) works well. (01/07/2010)
By Lisa Kay
I have used a product called Whink. It works on just about anything but is pretty toxic. Can be found in most grocery stores. (01/08/2010)
I have rust stains on an old fiberglass tub. What type of vinegar do I use to remove the stains? Apple cider or white vinegar?
By Linda145 from AR
Not sure about vinegar, either one shouldn't hurt to try. If that doesn't work try a product called
"Iron Out" you can find it at stores like Lowe's or Home Depot. Good luck. (10/29/2009)
I am thoroughly amazed at how well The Works did on my tub. My husband just squirted some on a sponge and wiped the rust in one swipe. it created a very clean stripe down the wall. We have been scrubbing and scrubbing at this tub, trying to get the rust stains off the wall and tub itself. We tried Lime Away, CLR, and Kaboom. None of them worked, and you were worn out just trying. Thank you for the suggestion of The Works. I'm so glad I found this site. (10/31/2009)
How do you remove rust stains from a bathtub?