How To Clean Rusty Garden Tools


I sometimes often leave my garden tools outside. I’m not proud of it. I know I should clean them and put them away. When I’m out working in the yard, I usually keep going until I’m nearly ready to drop from exhaustion. Why? I’m not really sure. I guess I just get so caught up in what I’m doing that I lose track of time. And since the work of a garden is never really done, I can always think of just one more quick thing to do before I go inside. I am making a promise to myself though to break this bad habit (just to be clear, I mean the leaving my tools out habit, not the working long hours in the garden habit). I decided that starting out with clean tools would be good incentive to take better care of them. So, after some trial and error, I have come up with a super easy way to clean even the rustiest, most neglected of implements. You can see from the “before” photo that my tools were in pretty bad shape, so if this worked on them, it will probably work on anything!


  • Large Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rags
  • Steel Wool (optional)
  • Wire Brush (optional)
  • Linseed Oilor Mineral Oil
  • Penetrating Oil such as Liquid Wrench

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