How to Clean Chrome With Dryer Sheets

Chrome has a decorative appeal, but it can look unsightly over time. Water spots, dust and oils can cause chrome to appear dull. Wiping the chrome with a damp washcloth, or spraying the surface with a household cleaner, does not always restore the shine. Instead of using harsh cleaners or buffing the chrome surface until your arm hurts, clean the chrome with dryer sheets. They restore the shine quickly and leave behind a temporary protective coating to keep water spots from appearing.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle


    • 1

      Spray the chrome with vinegar, until it's covered completely. Leave the vinegar on the chrome for 10 to 15 minutes.

    • 2

      Wipe a dryer sheet over the surface. Scrub the chrome with the dryer sheet to clean it.

    • 3

      Rub a clean dryer sheet over the chrome surface to buff it dry. Wipe the chrome in small, counterclockwise circles until you restore the shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply two or three drops of baby oil to a dryer sheet, to restore the shine on stubborn chrome.
  • Never use harsh abrasives such as steel wool on chrome because they will scratch the surface. Don't use eraser-type cleaning products either, which strip off the top layer of chrome or other metals.
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