How to Clean Tarnish From Chrome

Tarnished on chrome causes it to lose its shine and look dirty. In order to remedy this problem, you can utilize a product you should already have in your kitchen drawers — aluminum foil. This product will not scratch the chrome when it's rubbed onto it. Instead, a chemical reaction will form between the two metals when they're rubbed together that creates a polishing compound capable of removing the tarnish.

Remove tarnish from chrome using aluminum foil.

Step 1

Clean the chrome with soap and water to remove any dirt from its surface.

Step 2

Cut or rip aluminum foil into small squares.

Step 3

Dip a piece of aluminum foil in water.

Step 4

Rub the aluminum foil over the tarnished areas of chrome. As you rub, the aluminum foil will oxidize, creating a metal polish. This polish will appear to be light brown in color.

Step 5

Wipe away the metal polish created by the aluminum foil when the first piece stops being as effective. Use additional pieces of aluminum foil as needed.

Step 6

Continue rubbing the chrome until the tarnish disappears and the chrome is shiny once again.

Step 7

Wipe the surface clean with a cloth when you've finished removing the tarnish.