Cleaning Cabinet Hardware

Once upon a time in an insane land far away, I thought my landlords were going to let me paint my cabinets. And in some sort of fantasy I’m still holding onto that hope that they will (as I’m sure you have already heard if you stop by regularly 😉 ). I feel like a broken record at this point.

Because I thought they were going to say yes, I spent the time and energy taking all the upper cabinet doors off, labeling them with sticky notes, and cleaning the hardware. I put all the hardware in separate baggies with numbers that correspond with the cabinet they go on.

 Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have

To clean the door’s hardware I put them in separate containers to clean them. I sprinkled some baking soda on them before covering them in distilled white vinegar and letting them soak for a few hours.

Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have

After soaking I scrubbed the hardware with an SOS pad and rinsed. The baking soda and vinegar really did a good job of loosening up the gunk that was caked on. If you are in the process of revamping your cabinets and are going to be reusing your hardware I really recommend doing this step even if the hardware isn’t disgusting like mine. You can really get into every crevice when the hardware is not on the door.

Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have

Here are a few side by sides of how much of a difference this can make (and a reminder at how horribly disgusting my cabinets are)

Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have Cleaning Cabinet Hardware | Super easy technique for cleaning hardware with items you probably already have

Now I sit and wait until my wish comes true. My cabinets are without doors, and the insides are begging me to paint them. I’ve done a few of the inside shelves as you may have already seen here, and I’m slowly painting them while I wait. I’m hoping it doesn’t get to the point where I will have painted all the insides of the cabinets, and cleaned all of the hardware before I get to paint. At least I will have something to keep me busy in the mean time.

When is the last time you thought about cleaning your hardware? Do you get impatient waiting to do your next big project, and how do you deal with the anticipation?

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

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4 thoughts on “Cleaning Cabinet Hardware

    • Thank you! I try to keep the hassle to a minimum. DIY projects usually have enough of that as it is. We want to paint them just plain old white since it will brighten up the space and the landlords have already paid for the materials (which is why I don’t understand why they’re saying no?)

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    • I think they have a lack of vision or they don’t want to take the time to consider the notion. The problem is the wife that normally deals with rent thought it would be okay, and the husband said no. The only time he’s around is if he has to fix something so he hasn’t seen how bad a shape the cabinets are in.

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