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Is there a way to clean rust off of garden tools?

They're rusty, somewhat old, and need sharpening. I never cleaned them after using them (which I now know is a no no). I thought I'd try cleaning them up before resorting to new ones.

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Asked by zboys at 10:40 PM on Aug. 9, 2010 in Home & Garden

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    Answer by SophiaofLight at 10:43 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • is it something like hedge clippers or pruning shears? you could spray wd 40 on the joint if it's rusty. they have blade sharpeners at lowe's to make them sharp again. things like shovels, rakes, etc. i just leave rusty lol. once something starts getting rusty you can't stop it. you can only prevent it. if it's steel it will still last forever though eventhough it's rusty

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 10:43 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • WD40 will remove rust too. Just let it soak a short while and wipe it off. Also, Coca-Cola (yes, the soda) is a good rust remover.

    Answer by debbymichelle at 10:55 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • Usually for shovels and hoes you can use a wire brush or some steel wool to loosen up the rust and then oil them to keep them from rusting. Just make sure you clean them off before you put them away. Garden tools are usually replaced because the handles break not because the steel parts go bad, so don't beat yourself up over it. :)

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:56 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • Yeah, the blades are all rusty. Good answers, ladies! Thank you for the suggestions.

    Comment by zboys (original poster) at 11:41 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • This is going to sound crazy but if you soak it in coke (yes, the soda) it will take rust off.

    Answer by hsmominky at 1:15 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

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