A fit body and rust don’t quite go together. Sure, you can make rusty dumbbells work, but no one wants rust residue gnawing at their palms in the middle of a workout. You’d agree, it can all get rather inconvenient. 

But over time, rust does develop on iron dumbbells. Why? The reasons could be anything from the quality, storage, or the handling of the equipment. A lot of home gym equipment is coated with paint or plastic, but really has iron inside which is an easy candidate for an inevitable layer of rust. Most people don’t think they can clean it up on their own easily. That’s where we step in.

Here is how you get rust right off those iron dumbbells in 5 easy steps –

Get rust off iron dumbbells in 5 easy steps

What you will need:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Wire brush/stiff nylon brush
  • Clean pieces of cloth/rags
  • A can of WD-40

Step 1

Soak the dumbbells in a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar overnight. If you don’t have a large enough vessel to fit the dumbbells in, you can even soak a rag in the solution, and completely wrap it around the dumbbell.

Step 2

Take the dumbbells out once they’re sufficiently soaked, and use a wire brush to scrub off the rust. If they are stainless steel dumbbells, use an old toothbrush, or a stiff nylon brush so as to not scratch the dumbbells while scrubbing. 

Step 3

Wipe the dumbbells thoroughly with a clean cloth, and spray a generous amount of WD-40 all over the dumbbells, letting it sit for 15-20 minutes. WD-40 is specially formulated to get right under the rust and break its bonds that cling to the metal. The good part is, it not only helps loosen the rust but also covers the dumbbell with a protective layer that keeps rust from forming again.

Step 4

Scrub up the dumbbell again, and get all the rust off. Repeat step 3 if necessary. WD-40 should’ve worked its way under the rust, making this step rather easy. It will create a layer to provide maximum protection.

Step 5
Wipe the dumbbell for any residual rust or WD-40 on it, and you should be able to use it for your next workout! 

Remember, if the dumbbells only have mild rust on them, Step 3-5 should be sufficient to clean it up real quick. The same goes for maintaining any other steel gym equipment you’d have. Don’t let rusty dumbbells get in the way of your fitness journey – keep the motivation up, and get cleaning!