Removing Soap Scum From a Chrome Faucet

After you clean your bathroom, the faucets may still appear dingy.
Remove soap scum from a chrome faucet to keep it shiny.
Soap scum builds on faucets over time, leaving a crusty, white film. Ignoring the scum can make cleaning the faucet more difficult later. Attack soap scum with home remedies to restore the fixture’s shine. Clean the faucet regularly with white vinegar to keep away soap scum, dissolve hard water deposits and leave your bathroom sparkling. .

Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and saturate three or four paper towels with it.

Step 2

Wrap the towels around the fixture tightly. Let the towels sit overnight to break up the soap scum.

Step 3

Remove the paper towels in the morning and discard. Combine 2 tsp. of liquid dish soap with 1 qt. of warm water. Dip an old toothbrush into the warm, soapy water.

Step 4

Scrub the faucet with an old toothbrush. Rinse off the faucet with clean water and dry with a towel.

Step 5

Add a dime-size amount of baby oil to a soft washcloth. Rub the baby oil over the chrome fixture to restore its shine.

Things You Will Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Baby oil
  • Washcloth


  • You can replace white vinegar with pure lemon juice.
  • Dry chrome faucets after each use to prevent soap scum.
  • Buff a chrome faucet with a dryer sheet to help restore the shine.


  • Never use abrasive cleaners on chrome faucets.

About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.