Simply place your rusty tools in a container, submerge in vinegar and leave for up to two days.
"The vinegar dissolves the rust and all you have to do, wearing a pair of plastic gloves, is brush the article with a stiff metal brush, wash it in soapy water, rinse well and dry. When the shears are dry, you obviously have to give them a good oiling," the reader explained in an email.
"This also works on rusted screws, nuts and bolts, anything metal, such as hose connectors and taps."
Warning: Vinegar reacts differently with certain metals. Steel tools should be fine to submerge, however, vinegar may cause stainless steel and enamelled cast iron cookware to corrode.
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