Kitty litter pouch for tool protection
If you store your toolbox in a non-climate-controlled garage or shed, or in the bed of your truck, you’ll need rust protection. You could use those tiny silica packets that come with a new pair of shoes, but it could take months (or years!) to collect enough to protect your tools from excess moisture.
Instead, make a DIY rust-preventing pouch with a generous scoop of silica crystal kitty litter, a piece of breathable fabric (we cut off a piece of an old t-shirt) and a zip tie.
Toss the pouch inside your toolbox to keep your tools rust-free. You can make several pouches with one bag of kitty litter.
Remove the rust from metal tools
Hammers, wrenches and other fully or partially metal hand tools are bound to form rust over time, especially if they’re used a lot. Here’s how to get them looking great again:
Submerge them in vinegar overnight to dissolve the coating of oxidised metal. Rinse them off with water, then rub them down with fine grade steel wool to remove any remaining rust. Then add light machine oil to protect them against further moisture damage.
Clean a cast iron frypan with coarse salt
To prevent rust and extend the life of a cast iron skillet, it’s best not to use soap to clean it. Instead, scrub the pan with about a tablespoon of coarse salt. The salt breaks up bits of stuck food and residue. Then you can toss the dirty salt in the bin, rinse the pan with hot water and dry it with a clean towel.
To further protect a cast iron frypan, rub a few drops of vegetable oil over the entire cooking surface.