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Chrome is a popular metal used in most homes to finish faucets and lighting fixtures – and for a good reason, chrome is low maintenance, durable, and looks good. When properly cleaned, it shines and sparkles.

However, over time soap scum, water spots, and mineral deposits make them look dull. You may wonder how you can clean your chrome faucets and fixtures without using harsh chemicals that damage the chrome and harm your family. CottageCare is here to show you how to clean chrome faucets and make them look new.

Different Ways to Clean Chrome Faucets

Want to clean your chrome faucets and lighting fixtures? Here are four ways to bring your chrome back to life.

Soap and Water

Soap and water are the simplest, most effective, and most affordable ways to clean your dingy chrome fixtures. This tried and true method won’t damage chrome. 

  1. Combine warm water and dish soap in a bucket.
  2. Take a soft sponge or cloth and dip it into the soap-water solution.
  3. Wipe down the intended chrome surface.
  4. Rinse away leftover soap and let it dry.


Another great way to clean your faucets and fixtures is with lemons or lemon juice. When life gives you lemons, clean with them. Lemons are an excellent option for cleaning chrome.

  1. Take a lemon and cut it in half.
  2. Rub one-half of the lemon over your chrome surface.
  3. Rinse with water and dry.

Alternatively, you can buy some lemon juice from the store. It works just as well.

Baking Soda

A household staple in most homes, baking soda has been used around the house for over a century. Used for various cleaning purposes, from freshening the fridge to giving your cakes that much-needed lift, baking soda is a household superhero. 

So, why not use this versatile household item to make your chrome fixtures shine? Especially if you need help removing stubborn stains and dirt, consider making a baking soda paste. Use the following recipe to make the paste:

  1. Add three parts baking soda to one part water.
  2. Apply the paste to the desired surface.
  3. Gently scrub the surface with a washcloth, sponge, or toothbrush.
  4. Rinse with water and allow to dry.


Need a cleaner with a little extra oomph? Consider using distilled white vinegar. Slightly more acidic than lemon juice, vinegar removes and dissolves stubborn, built-up grime from your chrome fixtures.

In addition, vinegar contains acetic acid, which has antibacterial properties, so it’ll not only clean but also sanitize the surfaces in your home. 

  1. Mix equal parts water and vinegar into your container of choice i.e., bucket or spray bottle.
  2. Apply the solution to your chrome surfaces.
  3. Wipe away the solution with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth.

Can You Keep Chrome Clean?

Have you just finished giving your bathroom and kitchen a deep clean? Want to know how to clean your chrome light fixtures and faucets in between deep cleanings? Creating a regular maintenance routine can keep your chrome looking brand new and ensure its longevity.

Keep in mind chrome is a delicate metal that’s prone to scratches and discoloration. Using gentle cleaning practices and non-abrasive cleaners will prevent damage to chrome faucets and fixtures.

Don’t have the time to clean the chrome in your home? Contact CottageCare and let us handle your cleaning needs.