Home Remedies for Cleaning Chrome

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Chrome is that shiny material that decorates the bumpers of older model cars and adds an attractive look to appliances. Chrome is a popular choice used to make kitchen and bathroom fixtures, like that shiny faucet that often gets stained with water spots and soap scum. To keep appearances up, add sparkle with home remedies for cleaning chrome.

Chrome Home Remedies

Dull chrome is not a pretty sight, and you have to put a little effort into maintaining a sparkling finish. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to regain and keep a shiny look. Home remedies for cleaning chrome are easily found in the common household, such as:

a) White Vinegar:

Clean a chrome surface by wiping down a moistened cloth dipped in white vinegar.

b) Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol:

To give chrome fixtures a nice shine, add one cup of rubbing alcohol, one cup of water, and one tablespoon of vinegar to a spray bottle, which will create an effective cleaner.

c) Lemon:

Remove mineral deposits and polish chrome objects by rubbing a lemon rind over affected areas. Rinse the chrome well and dry with a soft cloth.

d) Baking Soda:

To add shine to chrome trim on appliances, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub across the chrome. Let the appliance dry for one hour, and then wipe down with warm water. Use a clean cloth to dry off the chrome. ?

e) Baby Oil:

Remove stains from the chrome trim of kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures by rubbing in a few drops of baby oil using a clean cloth.

f) Aluminum Foil [1]:

Make chrome sparkle by crumpling up a handful of aluminum foil (with the shiny side out) and scrubbing affected objects. You can use this method to clean appliances. The harder you rub, the more efficient the foil becomes. For example, you can actually remove rust spots from the car bumper of an older model. Other objects that respond well to this home remedy includes strollers and golf club shafts.

g) Dryer Sheet:

To eliminate the dull and streaky appearance of chrome even after it has been cleaned, buff to a shine with a used dryer softener sheet. This remedy can enhance the look of hubcaps and the toaster.

h) Cola Soda:

Coke-Cola has had a reputation for being powerful enough to remove rust. Try removing small rust spots from chrome detailing on cars by rubbing with crumpled aluminum foil dipped in cola.

i) Club Soda:

Keep chrome appliances shiny by using club soda as a cleaner. Apply this remedy by wetting a rag with the liquid and rubbing in.

j) Toothpaste:

Choose non-gel toothpaste to add polish chrome. Apply the toothpaste and wipe off with a soft, dry cloth.

k) Vodka:

To add shine to your chrome fixtures, add a small amount of vodka to a soft clean cloth, and rub.

l) Petroleum Jelly:

Protect chrome objects in storage by applying petroleum jelly to prevent rusting. One of the ways to use this home remedy is on chrome parts of a bicycle.

m) Olive Oil:

After cleaning chrome objects, rub in a small amount of olive oil to add shine. Don’t overdo it because too much oil can cause dust-attracting buildup.

n) Ammonia:

Combine one tablespoon of ammonia and one pint of water to create a cleaning solution for chrome. Simply rub on fixtures to remove dirt and other grime.

o) S.O.S. Pad:

Use this scouring pad to remove rust from a chrome bumper of an older-model car.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest Book; pg. 46.