Removing Rust From Baking Pans?

My mom has passed on two very old but very useful loose bottom cake tins to me. Unfortunately, as they are over forty years old and haven't been used for many years they are very rusty. I would appreciate a thrifty household remedy for removing this rust. Thanks for a wonderful site.


Sarita from South Africa

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November 7, 20084 found this helpful
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I confess I'm not familiar with shopping in South Africa, but in the United States we have a product called naval jelly. You brush the "jelly" on the rust and it removes the rust very cleanly. Of course, you would then have to make sure that the pan is washed in hot soapy water. It has been my experience that once a pan has rust on it, it is very likely to come back.

I realize these were given to you by your mother and they may hold sentimental value. If you choose to buy other cake pans, perhaps you could do something "craft-wise" with your mom's pans and hang them in your kitchen. I have cooking tools from my grandmother (and I'm 64 years old - today! so many of them would be over 100 years old) that I have hanging in my kitchen. They're too old to use, but I'd like to keep them for sentimental reasons.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful

I clean mine with hit soapy water everytime I use them. Then I put tgem in the oven right side up to dry. The ones I use all the time I season them with a vegetable oil coating while still hot, cool and put away for the next time.

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March 27, 20180 found this helpful

I have my mothers rolling pin from when I was a little girl and hug it up in kitchen where I have put old kitchen towels and also hot pot holders. I have had this now for 55 years.


I took an old coffee cup holder where I put old teaspoons and measuring cups on which was handed down from Mother and Grandmother. Pat Ward

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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

Try Apple Cider Vinegar to remove rusty spots from muffin pans. Just pour it in and let it set over night.

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December 15, 20190 found this helpful

Pans that are not deep, can be used for mounting family pictures. Remove rust. Then paint. Great for pie tins cake pans, and even muffin tins.


They look great on the wall and gather comments and compliments...

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October 17, 20101 found this helpful
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I was given many bread pans that had tough grime and rust and I scrubbed them with a Brillo/SOS pad, removed the rust and grime. From now on, when I wash them, I immediately wipe them dry and put them away to prevent more rust from re-appearing.

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By Mandy (Guest Post)
November 5, 20080 found this helpful

Try an SOS pad.

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By Daisy (Guest Post)
November 6, 20080 found this helpful

My lady friend has been an RN nurse for 35 years. And when I told her about one of my baking pans that had rust on it, she told me to throw it out!


She told me, rust is very dangerous for our health. From then on if I see anything with rust on it I dispose of it right away. After scrubbing the rust till it disappears, it may still show signs of coming back.

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September 17, 20165 found this helpful

Rust is not necessarily dangerous to your health. You can clean it off with a scouring pad and it will be fine. A little rust in a pan can actually be benefit to your health. One of the many functions of iron is that we need iron to make our red blood cells which deliver oxygen all over the body. An old fashioned cast iron skillet renders about 1 to 5 milligrams of iron per use. Like vitamin C, excess iron is eliminated in urine, sweat, and other body fluids.

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June 28, 20170 found this helpful

Very true. Also as with using a cast iron frying pan; if you will just wipe a small amount of oil on it before putting it away it will not rust.Also, I find pots and pans at yard sells that are very nasty. I spray with oven cleaner and wash - then I have gently used nice clean pots and pans.

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March 27, 20180 found this helpful

My Daddy came to see me soon after I got married and said he was taking me shopping for a new set of pot and pans. Told me to throw out those alumina pots and pans and the baking ones also.


They are no good. Bought me a set of Stainless still pots and pans and also baking ones. I still have a couple of them. We had moved and my set of pans where left behind.

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November 9, 20080 found this helpful

spray them with oven cleaner and put them in your oven when you are cleaning it --worked for me.
otherwise try using navel jelly (ask for it at your hardware store).

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December 8, 20190 found this helpful

Ex chef trick, scour rust off in hot water, no soap, then wipe tins with a little peanut oil, then bake on high in your oven for around ten minutes, when cool store in a dry place, with every use, wash in water only and re oil lightly

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May 17, 20200 found this helpful

This is just an add-on to the super tips already given but before I put my tins/pans away I place a sheet of paper towelling between them to stop abrasions and ensure dryness.


My gran used her old sheeting for hers as well as extra dusters etc.

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