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How to Clean Chrome With Vinegar

Post By Hugo Iriarte

Hate the gunk on your chrome fixtures? Clean them easily with vinegar. 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.

Grab some vinegar, some water, and a scrubbing tool, and you can easily wipe away the gunk from any chrome fixture. Here’s what you need to do:

Mix together a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water. Don’t dilute the vinegar too much. Use equal parts water and vinegar for a solution that’s effective, but still gentle.



    Use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe the surface. A scouring pad or brush can easily leave scratches on chrome. For hard to reach areas, try using an old soft-bristled toothbrush.

    Add a little baking soda for extra strength. Baking soda has 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 shine like no other.

    P.S. You can polish chrome with over-the-counter vinegar, but if you want something stronger, check out our 10% Vinegar. Use it to clean chrome inside your home or even in your car.


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    • Dallas Valerian on

      Just came from a web site for high-end chrome fixtures. They said never to use acetic acid on chrome. Vinegar produces large amounts of acetic acid as it ferments.

      So which is right?

    • HALALClean on

      Nice Post, yes I agree with you. After purchasing these products, often we have no idea how to use this. Great info you have shared here.

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