You can find chrome in your kitchen or on many older cars. Toasters, electric frying pans, tables, chairs, shower door frames, faucets or knobs and handles are just a few of the places you will find chrome indoors. Both old and new cars have chrome wheels, while older cars have chrome bumpers. Typically, chrome is not a solid metal, but a plating that is added over a base metal. Abrasive cleaning can cause the chrome to wear off or scratch and ruin the item. Take a gentle approach to chrome cleaning to restore the shine and beauty.  Always start with the easiest and most gentle method and if you don’t have success move on to a tougher cleaning method.

General Cleaning

Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into a bucket or basin of warm water. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy water and wipe down the chrome. Immediately wipe the surface with a rag dampened with plain water to remove the soap residue. If the item is small, rinse the soap off with warm water. If you are cleaning chrome wheels, hose the soap off. Dip a soft toothbrush into the cleaning water and scrub the nooks and crevices. Buff the chrome dry with a soft rag.

Tougher Cleaning

Wet a sponge or rag with warm water and sprinkle baking soda over it. Wipe the baking soda onto the chrome surfaces and let it sit for three to five minutes. Rinse the baking soda off under running water or wipe it off with a clean, damp rag. You will have to wipe it a few times to remove the baking soda haze. Buff the chrome with a soft rag.


Dip a rag or sponge into white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Rub the vinegar over the chrome and buff it dry with a rag. Vinegar works well on hard water spots, mineral buildup or greasy chrome surfaces.


Pour2 tablespoons of white vinegar into a bowl and add enough cream of tartar to form
a paste that has the consistency of toothpaste. Dip a damp sponge or rag into the paste and spread it on to the surface in a small circular motion. Rinse the paste off under running water or wipe it off with a wet rag and dry with a soft, clean rag.

Grease Burnt

Cut a lemon in half and dip the pulpy inside into table salt. Scrub the surface gently until all traces of burnt on grease are removed. Wipe it down with a wet rag or rinse under running water and buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Remove Rust

Dip a paper towel into a small cup of Coca Cola or pour the Coke directly onto the rust. Crumble a sheet of aluminum foil into a ball and rub the rusty area until the rust is gone. Make sure the shiny side of the foil faces out. Rinse away the Coke residue and buff it dry with a soft cloth.

Corrosion Removal

Lightly wet a rag with water and apply a dime size amount of white toothpaste. Polish it with the white toothpaste. Rinse or wipe the residue and dry the surface.


Pour 2 tablespoon of powdered lemon or orange flavored drink mix into a small bowl.
Add enough water to form a thick paste. Wet a rag or sponge and dip it into the paste. Spread the paste over the corrosion and gently rub the paste in using small circular motions. Keep rubbing until the carrion disappears.


Apply Mother’s Chrome Polish onto a small piece of #0000 steel wool and rub away the corrosion. Rinse the surface and dry it with a soft rag.

Keep Bath or Kitchen Fixtures From Developing Hard Water Stains

After the chrome is clean, bright and shiny dip a soft cloth into baby oil and apply a light coat. The oil creates a barrier that won’t allow the mineral deposits to form.

The ultimate protection for chrome faucets, shower heads and other fixtures is clear epoxy. Paint a thin coat of clear epoxy over the chrome surfaces and you will keep the shine, while cutting down on the time needed to clean it.