Well, I guess I had a leak this spring….and now summer is almost over. Seems water from the sprinklers and spring rains got into my basement and was collected in my large pot that I use for water bathing when I can. I had no clue… until it came time to do some water bath canning. Oh! What a surprise!
I was setting up to make apple sauce and can it for the winter. I had jars, apples, lids, rings, a food mill, and everything else I needed. But when I took the lid off of my water bath pot…this is what I found:
I was not a happy camper to say the least. I realized then that I had an issue the I need to take care of, STAT! So I did. Ended up being an easy fix, whew! You know how some days being an adult is NOT enjoyable…well, all I had to do was shut a window that had been left open in the basement. Probably from when we cleaned out the basement this last spring. It was behind a shelf….easily forgotten. Not my brightest moment to say the least.
Now, on to the pot. A SUPER easy and natural way to remove all the rust. I grabbed a potato and my salt shaker. Lately, I’ve been doing quite a bit of cleaning using salt. Very interesting results. I use it on my frying pans now…
But for rust, I need 2 ingredients. Salt and a potato.
I poured salt in the bottom of my pot and sliced off the end of the potato to use as my ‘scrub brush’. Then I rubbed it on the bottom of the pot.
When the potato was saturated with gunk, I sliced it off again to keep it fresh. And I added more salt as I felt it was needed. But the end results were EXACTLY what I was desiring!
After rinsing, this is what I was left with. A nice, shiny, rust free water bath pot. This whole process took me less that 5 minutes and I was back at mastering this whole adult thing again. 🙂
Guest post by Kiz. Good friend of The Thrifty Couple and busy mom to 4 teens who works hard to meet their family’s tight budget and to make the most of the time and money they have!