Soap and water, white vinegar and aluminum foil all make good cleaners for chrome-finished items. For chrome wheels or car parts, use a professional-strength cleaner.
For general upkeep of chrome that is not very dirty, dish soap and water are adequate cleaners. This method works well for small chrome objects such as pots and pans submerged in water. Use a soft cloth when cleaning chrome, as the metal is soft and scratches easily.
For chrome parts that show signs of rust, use a small ball of tinfoil dipped in vinegar. Gently scrub the chrome to remove the rust, then rinse thoroughly with water.