To strip paint from door hardware using vinegar:

  1. Heat 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a pot on a stove.
  2. Pour the heated mixture into an old cake pan with the painted hardware.
  3. Let the hardware sit in the vinegar until the paint softens.
  4. Remove the hardware from the vinegar, and clean using a soft bristled brass brush.
  5. Rinse the hardware with water and dry.
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