How to Clean Chrome With Vinegar

Hate the gunk on your chrome fixtures? Using vinegar as a chrome cleaner is a great way to remove tarnish and mineral deposits from chrome surfaces. A small amount of vinegar can tackle tough stains on showerheads, towel bars, faucets, hinges, chrome trim, bumpers, pans — whatever chrome surface needs a good cleaning in your home.

Here's what you need

Grab some vinegar, some water and a scrubbing tool to easily wipe away the gunk from any chrome fixture.

  • Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water. Using equal parts water and vinegar for a solution should be effective but still gentle.
  • Use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe the surface. Avoid using anything with tough bristles or a scouring pad. Some brushs and pads can easily leave scratches on chrome. Sponges and cloths work perfectly fine. For hard to reach areas, try using an old soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Add a little baking soda for extra strength. Baking soda offers its own cleaning superpowers. Drop a little baking soda into your mix to take care of set-in stains.
  • Once your chrome is nice and clean, consider polishing it! You can find chrome polish at any automotive store or big-box retailer. The polish will not only protect the surface, but it’ll also give your chrome that amazing, brand-new shine.

P.S. You can polish chrome with over-the-counter vinegar, but if you want something stronger, check out our 20% Vinegar. Use it to clean chrome inside your home or even in your car.

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