Friday, January 19, 2007

When life hands you lemons....

Use them to remove rust stains!

Do You See What I See

I did a bunch of stuff to try and get the rust out. I tried to write it out, but it really is a long boring story. The end result is the best part.

But in case you were wondering, this is what I think helped the most and what I would do first if this were to ever happen again (which it won't because I learned my lesson):

  • Take the garments and spread them in the sun. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice, then squeeze over the rust spots. Use straight lemon juice, don't dilute with water. Pour salt over the lemon juice. Repeat every half hour as needed.

  • Also effective was a thick paste of equal parts salt and cream of tartar. Spread thickly on spot, and lay in sun. Sprinkle with water every half hour to keep paste wet until spot is removed. This may be a better alternative for colored items.

  • My precious sweater is now blocking. And I don't want to speak ill of Starsky after the horrible ordeal it has just been through. It was an innocent bystander in an ongoing battle that is larger than Starsky can comprehend. But is it my imagination or are those sleeves the largest sleeves EVER? I know a bit of that can be explained by camera angle, and I know that the sleeves are longer than usual so you can cuff them. But is it meant to have eight inch cuffs?

    We'll just have to see how it looks once it is all assembled. Right now I don't want to subject Starsky to any more unnecessary trauma.


    Zonda said...

    Whew!! I've been following along, so hoping that they would come out!! Yay!! Can't wait to see the rest!

    Bitterknitter said...

    Oh, how I love a happy ending! So very very glad it all came out!


    shiguy4076 said...

    I am so glad you were able to get the stains out. I was really concerned. Can't wait to see it finished.

    Stephanie Torgerson said...

    Hello there!!! So nice to talk to you today!! Dont forget to visit me at or email Miss you!! I need to learn how to knit, and yet with working, when will I find the time. Life has thrown me curves and I cant even find the time to keep this house clean, Im going insane......AHHH. :-) Really nice talking to you!

    Eileen said...

    I'm so happy that you were able to get the rust stains out. Now will hope that all goes well with the sleeves.

    - Eileen

    kimberly said...

    Thank goodness they've come out. You don't think Boyd has had a hand in this, do you?
    I can't wait to see starsky in all his glory.