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Oct 14, 2013 12:22 PM

Getting rust stains off stoneware - any tips?

Our new house's ancient dishwasher tried to destroy our dishes! The racks are rusting through the "plastic" coating, and so rusted metal is sticking out. There are now rust stains here and there on our dishes. I've gotten some of the stains off with Barkeeper's Friend and a helluva lot of elbow grease, but there are still some spots. Any suggestions? We are hand-washing until our new dishwasher is installed next week (cost of new dishwasher = slightly more than cost of replacing rusted racks... sigh).

In case it matters, these are Noritake Colorwave dishes (http://www.colorwavecorner.com/norita...) and are only a few years old.

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  1. You might try soaking in vinegar. Another technique is to scrub with a paste made from baking soda and water.

    1. Bar Keepers Friend is great at removing rust. You may want to soak your dishes in a solution of Bar Keepers Friend for hours to loosen up the rust.