How Can I Dissolve Rust on My Steel Garden Workshop?

Rust will occur on your steel garden workshop if it overexposed to oxygen, water, and general moisture.

If rust isn’t acted on soon or isn’t treated properly, the rust will continue to eat away at the metal and will eventually cause serious damage that may not be irreversible.

Rust can be removed from pipes, tools, and other metal objects through the use of a variety of cleaning products.


Vinegar, although not so aromatic, is a popular choice for cleaning without the use of chemicals. Vinegar will dissolve the rust if left on the affected area, however, some may have an issue with the smell.

Baking Powder and Lemon Juice

Combining lemon juice and baking powder is a cost effective way to dissolve rust on your steel workshop. After mixing the two into a paste consistency, apply the mixture onto the affected areas and allow to sit for several hours before scrubbing the mixture with a scouring pad and then washing off.

Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid is commonly used by professionals to remove rust from automobile parts and commercial machines and tools. The acid acts as a dissolvent with the iron oxide (rust) faster than it would dissolve the steel. To neutralise phosphoric acid, after the rust has dissolved, you would need baking powder paste which is made when mixing water with baking powder. This can then be washed away with regular water.