crock pot in use to clean door hardware
Photo: Erik Piasecki
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Strip Paint-Caked Door Hardware

How to do it: Buy a thrift-store Crock-Pot and fill it with water and 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent. Drop in hinges, knobs, and escutcheons. Heat on medium overnight. By morning, the paint will be falling off the metal.

Estimated cost: About $5 for the pot
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