How To Clean Rusty Hand Tools

Buying good tools for your day to day work can be quite expensive. Learning how to clean rusty hand tools like pliers, wire strippers, screw drivers, and hammers will help you save money. Buying good tools is very easy at the right retailer like Wilson and Miller.

Without proper care and maintenance your tools will start to get rusty and your investment in quality tools may be for nothing.


Rusty tools are ineffective and very hard to work with. Tools that have movable joints like pliers and wire cutters are particularly the most prone.

Rust build up will clog the hinges and joints making them harder to open or sometimes immovable.

So, what do you do if you start to see rust build up on your tools? Clean and lubricate.

Rusty tools can be cleaned to get rid of the rust and any dirt on the surface to make them useful again. Here is a guide that will teach you how to easily lubricate and clean rusty hand tools at home.

Depending on the degree of rust on the items you want to clean, there are a range of cheap home supplies that you can use to clean you badly rusted tools.

Some of the items required are cheaply available at grocery stores and Home Depot.

What you’ll need to pick up:

  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • A metal brush
  • Rust Inhibitor like (WD 40 or Boeshield T9)
  • Scouring Pad like Scotch Brite or Steel wool
  • Anti-rust agent ( a gallon of Evapo-rust in this case)
  • A detergent

The steps involved in cleaning the tool will be influenced by the degree of rusting on the tool. Depending on how long the tool has been left exposed to open air and moisture the severity of the rusting differs.

Some tools have rust that has eaten deep into the surface of the metal, while some rust is just on the surface.

Below are the two methods that can help you get rid of any rust on the surface and joints of your hand tools.

For Light Rust


Step 1. Mix two handfuls of white vinegar in a bucket of water and dip the pliers, wire cutters, or any rusty hand tool in the mixture.

Cover the bucket and let it settle for about six hours.

Step 2. After six hours, add about 500g of table salt.

Table salt increases the ability of the vinegar to get rid of the rust. Add it in the mixture and stir properly. Now you can cover the bucket again and let the tools and mixtures stay overnight for 24hrs.

Vinegar is slow in getting rid of rust, but it works very well.

Step 3. After letting it stay in the vinegar mixture overnight, a rusty paste will have formed on the tool. Gently scrub the surface of the metal with a metal brush or a scouring pad like Scotch Brite or steel wool.

The rust should come off easily leaving behind a shiny metallic surface.

If you notice that there are still remnants of rust on the surface after scrubbing thoroughly, then try this second method to get rid of the rust totally

For Badly Rusted Tools


This method is for clean rusty hand tools that have been exposed to moisture for long periods and have badly rusted.

Step 1. Wash the hand tool thoroughly with water and a detergent to get rid of any dirt on the surface of the metal.

Step 2. It is time to use the Evapo-rust.

Evapo-rust is a heavy duty rust remover that works to remove any rust of any degree. Pour the Evapo-rust in a container that has a lid and dip the hand tools you wish to clean and get rid of the rust. Cover up the mixture and cover the container. If the metal is badly rusted, let it stay overnight.

Step 3. Uncover the lid and rinse the hand tools to get off excess Evapo-rust.

Pour back the used Evapo-rust into the container so that you can reuse it again and again. Your tool will be clean and all the rust will be gone. Rinse it with clean water.

After getting rid of rust and thoroughly cleaning your tools, it’s important to spray them with a rust inhibitor, grease the moving parts and store them properly. Spray your hand tools with a good rust inhibitor like Boeshield T9 or WD 40.

Best Way To Lubricate Your Tools


3-In-One multi-purpose drip oil is a trusted tool used by electricians for years – and it’s what I use on my hand tools.

It was designed to not only clean, lubricate moving parts, and protect tools; but also to prevent rust as well.

3-IN-ONE’s versatile multi-purpose drip oil has been a trusted tool used by professional tradesmen since 1984

Here’s a breakdown of what 3-In-One oil does:

  • It’s a multi-purpose lubricant reduces that friction and silences squeaky parts
  • The oil penetrates into tight spaces to release parts that have been rusted together
  • The lubricant removes dirt and grime leaving you with a clean tool

Make sure you lubricate the moving joints of all your hand tools. This helps maintain the each tool’s effectiveness.

Stop Using WD-40 To Lubricate Your Tools


For as long as you can probably remember WD-40 has been used to “lubricate” everything. Well, I’m about to blow your mind.

WD-40 isn’t a lubricant.

Say what? I know, I thought the same thing.

WD-40 is actually a fluid that is used as a solvent or rust dissolver that displaces water to prevent corrosion. It can help clean up rust or grime off of tools, engine parts, or other mechanical parts.

The WD stands for “water displacing” and 40 is the number of chemical formulas used before the chemist Norm Larson perfected his methods.

The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come from dissolving components.

Buuuuuuuut,  the effect doesn’t last, which means you’ll have to repeat the task periodically.

When To Use It

WD-40 can be a good start when you’re trying to clean up rust or other grime on your tools.

But you don’t want to stop there. You’ll want to use true lubricant that is based on silicone, grease, Teflon, or graphite.

Check out this article from Lifehacker about when not to use WD-40.


9 Super Creative DIY Home Decorating Tips

Feeling like our homes are “ours” is super important, but not all of us have the money to decorate our houses and apartments like the perfectly designed spaces we see in catalogues. It’s why knowing some solid DIY home decor tricks are key for those of us living on limited budgets who still want to totally love our home decorating.

In an article for Health, Feng Shui expert and author Jamie Barrett said that your home furnishings can definitely affect your personal energy. A room’s design and decor can make you feel drained or frazzled, or conversely, can help you feel calm or cheerful. So as frivolous as it may seem, home decorating is actually kind of important.

My own bedroom was initially pretty small and simple, but as soon as I reorganized some of the furniture, painted the walls a calming lilac, and added a few easy DIY wall decorations, it became a cozy safe haven where I literally love spending time. Not only that, but my roommate’s mom is kind of a DIY maven, and a single weekend visit transformed our common space from dull and barren to completely homey in a matter of hours — and none of the changes were too hard on our wallets; so I’m a firm believer in cheap and creative solutions to decorating dilemmas.

If you’re moving into a new space and are looking for some cool decorating tips, or are just on the hunt for some ways to accent the space you already have, here are nine super creative home decorating ideas that should definitely help inspire you.

1. Create A Gallery Wall With Cheap Frames

Home decor author and blogger Laura Putnam recommended using your wall space, or “gallery walls” in a piece on her site about simple ways to decorate your home. “Gallery walls have become very popular over the last few years. The great thing about them is that pretty much every single one of them is different,” Putnam said. Just gather picture frames in various shapes and sizes and arrange art and personal photos on one central wall space. And don’t be afraid to paint your frames if you want them to match.

2. Use Mirrors

In a piece for Real Simple, interior designer Michael Garvey recommended using mirrors as an incredibly simple decorating tool. He suggested putting a small table up against a mirror, and then placing a plant with big branches or flowers on the table on the mirror side. This will instantly make the plant look twice as large and will also help open up a small room by creating the illusion of a larger space.

West Elm Peruvian Handmade Mirrors, $34.00, West Elm

3. Stick-On Wall Paper For A Super Cool Accent Wall

Stick-on wall paper is an amazingly cheap alternative to traditional wall paper and gives you a ton more pattern variety than simply painting. You can find stick-on wallpaper in retro florals, faux hard wood, or even brick.

Devine Color Peel and Stick Wallpaper Reclaimed Wood Pattern, $29.99,

4. Candle It Up

Candles are another amazingly cheap and easy way to add a personal and cozy decorating touch. Place a candle in an old mason jar for a rustic look, or put them up against a few small mirrors for an amplified glow.

5. Wine Bottle Lighting

Wine bottle lamps take a little leg work, but if you have a power drill and some patience it is well worth it. You’re also sure to get a ton of compliments from guests on this completely unique accent piece.

6. Paint Is Your Friend!

On the lifestyle blog Living Well, Spending Less, lifestyle blogger and home decor expert Ashley Ann Campbell said, “Whether it is spray paint, porch paint, craft paint or wall paint – nothing can provide an instant makeover and facelift like paint.” If you don’t want to repaint a whole room you can opt for just an accent wall, or even get creative and paint patterns using store-bought stencils or a stencil of your own design. Also, don’t be afraid to paint doors too!

7. Use A Cool Tray For Random Objects

This is crazy simple. Just use a thrift-store or vintage tray as an accent piece for any tables in your home. You can use it to either hold other decorations, like a small vase of flowers or candles, or just as a place for odds and ends, like keys and remote controls. And if you’re really ambitious, you can decorate it with stencils of your choosing.

Glass Serving Tray, $23.99,

8. Make Hanging Mason Jar Lights

The Sorry Girls have a super simple tutorial on their YouTube channelto walk you through how to make a DIY hanging mason jar light of your very own. These are super unique and will give your space an incredibly cozy feel.

9. Use Plants And Dried Flowers

Flowers are just about the simplest way possible to decorate your space and breathe some fresh life into it. I personally love using old mason jars or wine bottles for this instead of store-bought vases. It just adds that extra little something. And for an added touch, you can spray your jars or vases with metallic paint.

A home full of great accent pieces doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a ton of ways to make your space look amazing with decorations you can make yourself for super low cost; just make sure you have the basic supplies and a few hours, and you’re set!

You can read a lot more about DIY and find some awesome hand tools on Wilson and Miller!