How to Remove Rust Stains From Denim

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Things You'll Need

  • White Vinegar

  • Paper towels

  • Clean dry towel

  • Extra large pot

  • Water

  • 1 lb. rhubarb stalks cut into 1-inch pieces


Rhubarb is a seasonal plan, normally running from April to September.


Avoid putting stained garments into the clothes dryer. The heat from the dryer may set the stain into the fabric.

If you have ever had the misfortune of finding those pesky rust stains on your favorite pair of denim jeans or denim jacket, you are not alone. While these unsightly stains may ruin the appearance of your garment, it is only a temporary inconvenience. A store-bought rust remover may be the most effective cleaning option, but a few home remedies work equally as well.

White Vinegar

Step 1

Lay a clean dry towel on a flat surface.

Step 2

Place the damaged denim garment on the towel, stain side facing up.

Step 3

Saturate the stained area with white vinegar.

Step 4

Blot it dry with a paper towel.

Step 5

Set the garment outside in direct sunlight to dry.

Step 6

Launder the item as usual.

Step 7

Repeat these steps if the stain persists.

Rhubarb Stalks

Step 1

Add 1 lb. sliced rhubarb stalks to an extra large pot of water filled 3/4 full.

Step 2

Bring water to a boil, and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Place your denim garment in the water mixture.

Step 4

Soak the garment for 24 hours.

Step 5

Remove the garment from the water, and launder as usual.


Tammi Clements

Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.