It Really Works: Iron Out

It Really Works: Iron Out

Tess Wilson
Oct 31, 2015

In the words of the great Ron Swanson, “I won’t publicly endorse a product unless I use it exclusively and I really believe in it. My only official recommendations are US Army-issued mustache trimmers, Morton Salt, and the CR Laurence Fein two-inch axe-style scraper oscillating knife blade.” And now, please allow me to publicly endorse Iron Out!

Product: Iron Out
Manufacturer: Summit Brands
Purchased From: Amazon
Size: 4 pounds 12 ounces (2.1kg)
Price: $12.40

Our house gets its water from a well, and despite our filters and water softeners, that water still contains enough iron to stain our sink, tub, toilet, shower curtain, and washing machine. I had tried everything I could think of to remove the stains, including—in ascending order of desperation—all-purpose spray, bathroom scrubby spray, diluted bleach, straight bleach, CLR diluted according to the package instructions, full-strength CLR, and full-strength CLR scrubbed in with a toothbrush. None of them made the slightest difference. ONLY Iron Out worked, and it worked quickly and easily.


  • Removes stubborn iron stains easily
  • Works on ceramic, fabric, and metal (and plastic, allegedly, but I didn't try it)
  • Made in USA
  • Cheap—we're pretty much set for life


  • Does not smell great
  • Vapors should be avoided
  • Contact with skin and mucus membranes should be avoided

Please note: this is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased this product myself!

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