How to Clean Chrome With Vinegar

Patrick Bogans

Hate the gunk on your chrome fixtures? Shine 'em up with vinegar. If you didn't know, vinegar isn't just for cooking. Vinegar is a heavy-duty cleaning agent. Grab some vinegar if you want to remove carpet stains, clean off non-porous surfaces, even kill weeds in your garden! When it comes to cleaning chrome, vinegar is a great way to remove tarnish and mineral deposits. A small amount of vinegar can tackle tough stains on shower heads, towel bars, faucets, hinges, chrome trim, bumpers, pans -- whatever chrome surface needs a good ol' fashioned shine.

If you want to bring life back to your chrome fixtures, here's what you need to do: 

Mix together a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water.

As long as the parts are equal, the total amount is up to you. It depends on if you're cleaning a small shower head or the trim of four tires. Try not to dilute the vinegar too much. Use equal parts water and vinegar for a solution that’s gentle, but still effective.

Use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe the surface.

A scouring pad or brush can leave scratches on chrome, so the softer the material, the better. For hard to reach areas, try using an old soft-bristled toothbrush. Scrub gently until the stains disappear. Rinse with water for good measure. 

Add a little baking soda for extra strength.

Baking soda is like a superpowered super-powder (try saying that three times fast). If you need a stronger mix, sprinkle in some baking soda. Got some spare time and leftover mix? Try cleaning your bathroom tile or a couple dirty pans. Vinegar, baking soda and water mixed together can be used to clean more than chrome.

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 a 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% Pure Vinegar. Use it to clean chrome inside your home or even on your car.  

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