Chemical-Free Paint Removal in a Slow Cooker

The Family Handyman

Paint might be the easiest way to make over a room, but many tenants or past residents don't take the time to remove the hardware from their doors and windows before doing so. If you're looking to strip all those years of color choices, here's a way to do it without chemicals and without lifting a finger.


Over at The Family Handyman, they suggest putting your slow cooker to use. You'll want to pick up a second one from a thrift store, or at least a new insert. Either way, $20 for a new slow cooker is cheaper and healthier for you than layers of chemicals and hours of scrubbing and peeling.

The idea is simple. Just add your hardware and cover with water before bed. Turn your cooker on high heat and the hot water will soften the paint and peel it away in one big layer. Think of it as like taking off a rubber glove. It's really that easy. Make sure you check out all the tips over at The Family Handyman on the process. There are some things to be aware of if you think you might have lead based paint, and a few pointers to make things easier!

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