Home remedies for cleaning chrome

Updated February 21, 2017

Chrome is on many of the items in your home such as the faucets and the appliances in the kitchen. It is an attractive and durable finish if kept free of dirt and grime. The material can be difficult to keep clean because the shiny surface attracts smudges and fingerprints, which detract from its appearance.

Baby Oil

To give chrome a shiny and sparkling finish, baby oil removes the smudges without harming the finish. To use baby oil on your chrome fixtures and appliances you should apply a small amount of the oil onto a soft cloth and rub the chrome surface to polish the metal. Bathroom faucets become spotted with soap and toothpaste over time and can be cleaned with water and a sponge before polishing with oil.


Vinegar is acidic, which makes it an effective cleaner for chrome. While vinegar is acidic, it is not harmful to the surface of appliances and faucets. The acidity of vinegar helps remove the gunk and tarnish. To use vinegar for chrome cleaner, you should add plain white vinegar to a soft cloth and rub the surface of the chrome. If you have chrome surfaces with stuck on grime and greasy dirt, add baking soda to the rag with the vinegar for a stronger cleanser.

Club Soda

Club soda is a useful item to have on hand to clean a number of household messes including stains on carpets and fabrics and to clean your chrome appliances. Wet a rag with club soda and rub the chrome clean and shiny.


Toothpaste is usually what is stuck on the surface of your chrome bathroom faucets, but it also makes a good cleanser to remove other stuck-on messes. Rinse the toothpaste thoroughly after cleaning an appliance or fixture and polish to a shine.

Eucalyptus and Peppermint Oil

Eucalyptus and peppermint oil help to remove burnt-on foods from chrome surfaces. Make sure that you wear gloves when using these oils to avoid burning the skin with full-strength oils. Eucalyptus and peppermint oil are powerful essential oils and should be handled with care.

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Luanne Kelchner works out of Daytona Beach, Florida and has been freelance writing full time since 2008. Her ghostwriting work has covered a variety of topics but mainly focuses on health and home improvement articles. Kelchner has a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in English language and literature.