How to Clean Tarnished Cabinet Hardware

Clean tarnished cabinet hardware with a homemade cleaner.
Clean tarnished cabinet hardware with a homemade cleaner. (Image: Modern kitchen and dining table image by MAXFX from

Cabinet hardware is a part of the kitchen that you must clean regularly. The hardware begins to look tarnished quickly as body oils, grease and other elements accumulate. Since the kitchen hardware adds an elegant finished touch to your cabinetry and overall kitchen design, it is important to make sure the hardware does not look dull or tarnished. By making an inexpensive cleaning solution you can clean, disinfect and remove tarnish from the cabinet hardware.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cleaning rags
  • Toothbrush
  • Water

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Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 tsp. salt in a small bowl. Stir until a consistent paste develops.

Dip a cleaning rag in the paste mixture, and wipe a thin layer over the tarnished cabinet hardware.

Let sit for 10 minutes, and scrub with a damp toothbrush. This allows you to clean the crevices of the hardware.

Rinse a rag under tap water, wring it out and wipe it over the hardware to move any excess paste.

Dry the hardware with a clean rag to restore shine and remove excess water.


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