How To Clean Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Knobs

How Do You Clean The Disgusting Grime off Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls?

How To Get Grime off Kitchen Cabinet PullsWhen giving your kitchen a fresh new look, you don’t have to pitch the old kitchen cabinet hardware and knobs. With a little elbow grease and a lot of love, they will look great again.

This is a picture of my cabinet handles after I cleaned them.

Here is all you need to clean your kitchen cabinet hardware and knobs just like I did.
1. Vinegar
2. Dawn Dish Soap
3. Water

That’s it!

WARNING!  If your hardware or knobs are made of a special metal, like Pewter or Brass,  please make sure to read this post all the way through. Some metals need special care, while others can be cleaned with just basic cleaning supplies.


How To Clean GUNK Off Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

Step One: Remove the hardware. I do this with a screwdriver, but if your screws are on the inside, it’s safe to use a drill to do this. It will be faster.

Step Two: Put them in a bucket or the kitchen sink with a solution of equal parts of warm water and vinegar. Let your hardware soak for a few hours. If they are really bad, I would let them sit overnight.  The vinegar should loosen the greasy gunk.

Step Three: Dump the vinegar and water mixture. Fill the sink or bucket again with warm water and Dawn soap. I just squirted a big squirt of Dawn in there. I didn’t measure. Let that set for about an hour, then come back to see how it’s doing.

Step Four: Once you see that the gunk is falling off, gently scrub the hardware with a rag or a kitchen scrubby. You can use an old toothbrush to get in the little creases.

Step Five: Rinse the hardware with clean water. Lay them out on paper towels or a cotton towel. When they are dry, put them back on the cabinets.

That’s it….You Are Done!

No harsh chemicals and I think it did an amazing job.


How To Clean Tarnish Off Silver, Cooper, Brass, or Pewter Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Knobs?

How To Clean Tarnish Off My Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Knobs?Sometimes you will see that the metal on your hinges and knobs has tarnished. There are ways to try to clean that off. I truly believe in trying to clean the old hardware before buying new. They are expensive because you need so many, so try to clean them first before you decide to make a huge purchase.

What you will need:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Water
  3. Tarnish Remover (Silver and Copper)
  4. Pewter Wash
  5. Brass Polish
  6. Dryer Sheets

Silver and Copper – Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 pint of water. Wipe them with this solution and soft rag, try buffing them until the tarnish and dirt is gone. Then just rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a clean rag.

There are commercial products that will do the same. I like Weimans Instant Tarnish Remover. It works fast. But remember, this is for tarnished silver or copper hinges and knobs, not gunky ones. After you get the grime off you may need to use a product like this to remove the tarnish.

Pewter – 1 teaspoon of mild dish soap with 1 pint of water. Wash the hinges and door knobs well and then rinse with clean water. Dry them and put them back on the cabinets.

There are commercial products to clean pewter as well. My mother always used Hagerty Pewter Wash. It worked great!

Brass – Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Don’t be alarmed when the paste bubbles. This is normal. Now rub the paste onto brass knobs and buff the tarnish away with the paste and a soft rag. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry.They are ready to go back on the cabinets.

Brass cleaners are available if you don’t want to use the lemon juice and baking soda mixture. I like another product from Weiman. Weiman Brass Polish is gentle and wont scratch your brass.

I have heard a great tip to keep tarnish from building up on your cabinets hardware. Once a week wipe them down with a dryer sheet. Sounds easy enough…right? Try it and see.


How To Clean Paint Off My Cabinet Hardware and Knobs?

How To Clean Paint Off My Cabinet Hardware and Knobs?
I have lived in some old homes where the cabinets had been painted over and over again. I wanted to paint the cabinets, but I thought they would look a lot better if I could get the paint off the old cabinet hardware and knobs.

I have spent hours and days scrubbing and scraping and using paint strippers that stripped off my skin without really taking the paint off the hinges.

clean kitchen cabinet hardwareYears later I saw the most amazing trick. I love to watch a show on DIY Network called Rehab Addict. Her name is Nicole Curtis and she rehabs homes, just like the show title sounds.

In one episode she had old painted hinges. But she believes in keeping the original things with the house.

Here is what you will need:

  1. Crockpot
  2. water

Step One – Put the old painted hinges and handles in the crockpot.

Step Two – Cover them with water.

Step Three – Turn the crockpot on low.

Step Four – Walk away

Step Five – After a few hours, check to see if thy paint is coming off.  They may need a little help, but for the most part, the paint should just peel off.

I was afraid that maybe this too easy to be true, so I did a search on Google and found a blogger who actually used this process and it worked. Here is a link to her blog “Splendid Spaces”about her experience.

I would try this process before I tried paint stripper. That stuff is nasty and it will eat your skin unless you wear protective gloves. Not your normal gloves, really heavy duty gloves just for this stuff.


If you have tried cleaning your kitchen cabinet hardware and knobs and it just isn’t coming out as clean and shiny as you want, you can always put new hardware on old cabinets. Choosing new cabinet hardware and knobs.

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Originally posted 2014-10-11 22:27:06.