How to Clean a Rusty Faucet with Baking Soda (with Pictures)


Are you thinking of replacing that old rusty faucet?

I know. It’s gross to even look at the thing, not to mention the risk of rust seeping into your water.

However, the corrosion could just be on the outside of the faucet.

If that’s the case, then you can put away the wrench. My friend Mr. Baking Soda is here to help you out.

Baking soda is very effective for removing rust from a corroded faucet. Just make a paste by combining baking soda and water. Then use a scrub sponge or brush and scrub away.

Try the 6 simple steps below and, maybe it will save you a couple of bucks.

Here’s how I use baking soda to clean a rusty faucet. Let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

Baking Soda
Cloth, scrub sponge, or brush

Optional: Dishwashing soap

Steps on How to Clean a Faucet with Baking Soda:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2-3 tablespoons of water. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing soap if you want.

make baking soda paste

2. After combining the ingredients, mix well. You should have a thick paste. I find the thicker the paste that I use, the easier it is to scrub off the rust.

3. Apply the paste on your faucet.

apply baking soda paste on faucet

4. After that, scrub the faucet vigorously with a piece of cloth or brush. You’ll notice the rust start to come off.

scrub faucet

5. Keep scrubbing until you are satisfied with the result. I switch between scrubbing with a cloth and scrub sponge depending on the hardness of the rust.

scrub rusty facucet

6. Rinse the faucet with water and dry with a cloth. Your faucet should look much cleaner.

For Serious Faucet Rust

For a seriously rusted faucet, you can try spraying vinegar or lemon juice directly on it.

Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes before you start scrubbing with baking soda paste.

You want to give the acid enough time to soften the rust before you scrub with the baking soda paste.

Will Baking Soda Scratch My Faucets’ Polish?

Baking soda is mildly abrasive and could scratch smooth surfaces.

Better check the manufacturer’s guide to make sure you don’t destroy your faucets’ polish.

Faucet Rust Prevention

Always keep your faucet clean and dry to prevent rusting.

What is the Best Material for a Faucet?

In case you’re thinking of replacing the faucet, go for stainless steel or brass. According to Daniel, a master plumber, stainless steel and brass are great options if you want easy to clean and rust-resistant faucets.

So consider getting solid brass or stainless steel faucets when replacing your old ones.


There you have it.

That’s how I clean a rusty faucet with the help of baking soda.

I hope that you found this post helpful.

If you’re looking for more info about the many use of baking soda, please read my articles on how I use baking soda to clean the toilet and remove burnt food from a pan if you have time.

Thank you for reading. Until next time!

– Baking Soda Guy

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