Natural Car Cleaning for Rust and Corrosion

rusty car

Cleaning and maintaining your car is important for preserving its value and prolonging its lifespan. 

However, many commercial car cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can cause harm to the environment and may not be the best solution for rust and corrosion. 

Fortunately, there are natural and effective alternatives for cleaning and preventing rust and corrosion on your car.

In this article, you’ll learn how to use natural cleaning ingredients to remove rust from your car.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wire brush or stiff-bristled brush
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush or sponge
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice (alternate)
  • Salt (alternate)
  • Coconut oil
  • Wax (optional)


  1. Remove any loose rust or debris from the surface of the car using a wire brush or a stiff-bristled brush. This will make it easier for the cleaning solutions to penetrate and remove any rust that may be present.
  2. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the solution onto the rusted areas of the car and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. The acidity in the vinegar will help to break down and remove rust.
  4. Use a scrub brush or a sponge to scrub the area and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.
  5. For extra cleaning power, you can also mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the rusted areas. Baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, which can help to remove stubborn rust and corrosion. Leave the baking soda paste on the car for 15-20 minutes before scrubbing it with a brush and rinsing it off.
  6. As an alternative, you can also use lemon juice as a rust remover, it works similarly to white vinegar, it is acidic, and it can help to break down rust. You can apply the lemon juice directly to the rusted areas or mix it with equal parts water. You can also use it as a paste, by mixing it with salt. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing and cleaning the surface.
  7. To prevent rust and corrosion from forming in the future, it is important to regularly wash
  8. When cleaning your wheels, you can use the same solution as on the body of the car, either using the vinegar solution, or a mixture of baking soda and water.
  9. After cleaning the rust and corrosion, rinse your car thoroughly with clean water and dry it completely to prevent water spots.
  10. Regularly inspect your car for rust or corrosion and repeat the process as needed.

By following these steps and using natural solutions such as white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and coconut oil, you’ll be able to effectively remove rust and corrosion from your car while also protecting its surface and preventing future rust formation. 

Safety Measures and Car-Specific Considerations

As with any cleaning process, it’s important to take safety precautions and to consider the specific needs of your car when using natural solutions for cleaning rust and corrosion. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Always wear protective gloves and eyewear when working with cleaning solutions, especially those that contain acids such as white vinegar and lemon juice.
  • Always test the solution on a small inconspicuous area before applying it to the whole car to make sure it is safe to use on your car’s surface and won’t cause any damage or discoloration.
  • Be aware of the materials and paint used on your car, as some may have different types of coating or materials that could be damaged by these natural solutions. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your car, and if you’re unsure, consult a professional.
  • Be sure to rinse the car thoroughly with clean water after cleaning, and dry the car completely to prevent water spots.
  • Always be aware of the environment you’re cleaning the car in, as natural solutions such as vinegar and lemon juice can be dangerous to plants.

Keep these safety measures and car-specific considerations in mind and you’ll be able to use natural solutions for cleaning rust and corrosion safely and effectively.

When to Get Professional Help

While natural solutions can be effective in removing rust and corrosion from your car, there are certain situations where it may be best to seek professional help.

  • If you have significant rust or corrosion that you’re unable to remove with natural solutions, or if the rusted area is too large, it’s best to seek professional help.
  • If you’re unsure about the type of surface or paint on your car and whether natural solutions will be safe to use, it’s best to consult a professional.
  • If you’re not comfortable working with cleaning agents, tools, or mechanical tasks, it’s best to seek professional help, since removing rust and corrosion can be a tricky task.
  • If your car has a special paint job, metal finishing, or aftermarket coating, it’s best to have a professional check and inspect the area before proceeding with any DIY rust removal or rust prevention method.

By getting professional help, you’ll be able to ensure that your car is properly cleaned and protected, and you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that the job was done correctly.


In conclusion, rust and corrosion can be unsightly and damaging to your car, but they don’t have to be a problem if you use natural and effective cleaning methods. 

White vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and coconut oil are all great options for removing rust and preventing it from forming in the future. 

By keeping your car clean and rust-free, you’ll not only prolong the life of your vehicle but also will be doing a favor to the environment.

Looking for more car cleaning DIY tips? Read DIY Natural Wheel Cleaner: Easy and Effective Recipe if you have time.

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Happy cleaning!

-Baking Soda Guy

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