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Rust on Mixer

I have little spots of rust on the mixer blades that get inserted into my hand mixer. I think this is because I ran them through the dishwasher a couple of times. (The mixer isn't that old, and I have only used it a couple dozen times!) Is there any way to remove the rust?

Also, we have one of those black steamers that you put on the stovetop (it's black with the small white paint speckles on it - the kind you can buy at Target). I recently put the inside steamer basket section of it in the dishwasher...and now that has little rust spots on it. Any suggestions for removing the rust so that it will be safe again for preparing food?

What can I do next?

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I would say SOS pads and a little elbow grease, then after cleaning anything that has rusted, try spraying a bit of cooking spray or wiping down with oil before putting away.... Think back to cast iron days when if they did not oil it, it rusted....

Also - I agree with the other Mom who said to hand wash. I also go as far as to hand wash all of the plastic cooking utensils, as the heat cycle on the dw makes the plastic brittle.... As of right now, I am still using my Tupperware brand utensils that I have had since 1992 when I first got married.

Good luck!

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Jess,

I don't know if this helps at all, since it really isn't about removing the rust. Many years ago, when I was pregnant with my now 12yo, I took part in a university class on food and nutrition for pregnant and nursing moms and babies up through toddlerhood. In the class, it was recommended that we use rusty pans for all our food prep. The instructor explained that rust is only iron oxide, and if you prepare your food in rusty pans it will give the food a higher iron content, which is actually healthier than food cooked in non-rusty pans. She said it was no different than taking an iron supplement like a vitamin pill. So, although I don't know how to remove the rust, I'm pretty sure it's safe for food prep uses even though it is rusty. Hope that helps:)

I've never tried this myself, but maybe CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust Remover)??? I don't know if it is recommended for use on cooking utensils.

try mixing a paste with cream of tartar (spice section in
grocery store) and lemon juice, or just use an old fashioned
cleanser like Barkeepers Friend or Old Dutch. just make
sure it doesn't have bleach in it.

Hmm wonder causing the rust. Maybe try using a little piece of steel wool to buff the rust off.

Good Morning Jess, I have used the Mr Clean eraser on rust before. It worked ok. Make sure you wash it in hot soapy water after though. I don't put anything that is stainless steel type things in my dishwasher. They all seem to wear down and do get rusty for some odd reason.
Mixer blades, whisks, graters, ice cream scoops, all get hand washed and dried.

Hope something works well for you
God Bless
K. Nana of 5

I would say SOS pads and a little elbow grease, then after cleaning anything that has rusted, try spraying a bit of cooking spray or wiping down with oil before putting away.... Think back to cast iron days when if they did not oil it, it rusted....

Also - I agree with the other Mom who said to hand wash. I also go as far as to hand wash all of the plastic cooking utensils, as the heat cycle on the dw makes the plastic brittle.... As of right now, I am still using my Tupperware brand utensils that I have had since 1992 when I first got married.

Good luck!

first thing I would do is get my dishwasher checked. There may be a problem with it! You shouldn't be getting rust spots on stuff like that.

Just a little SOS or Brillo will do it, and the little bit of rust that may be left after that won't hurt you.

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