Lime or Lemon?
Things you’ll need
- lemon, lime or citrus fruit high in citric acid
- salt, any table salt, rock salt, or sea salt
- old used tooth brush
- garment soiled with a rust stain
Mixing the cleaner
Cut the citrus fruit in half and use a lime squeezer. I use the lime juice straight but you can add a little water to make it a little easier to apply. Next add a quarter teaspoon of salt. Salt is a catalyst because it is an electrolyte that helps removing of the rust stain because it is a redox or oxidation/reduction reaction.
Apply the juice mix
Pour the lime juice concoction on the stain so it can wet the fabric and the stain. With an old toothbrush, rub the citrus juice into the fibres which the stain is in. Agitation is important to ensure all the rust stain is contacted with the juice so the citric acid may react.
Final bleaching action
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