9 Edible cleaners that really do the job

Jun 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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There are countless reasons to reduce the number of chemical cleaners you use in your home. Improve your health, your indoor air quality and sweet Mother Earth with natural cleaners that are safe enough to eat!

1-Olive oil

Wood that was originally treated with an oil finish can be brought back to life by buffing with olive oil. Just a thin coat of the liquid gold will hydrate worn, dried-out wood for a glorious shine.

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2-Hot sauce

Rub it on dulled copper, rinse with water, and polish clean with a soft rag.

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3-White vinegar

Vinegar is the miracle cleaner. Use it to disinfect, cut grease, eliminate sticky residue and remove stains and so. much. more. (Check out our 20 unexpected uses for vinegar.) Stick with white vinegar for cleaning — apple cider vinegar has the potential to stain.

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4-White wine

Red or white? The battle continues, but white wine trumps red in one way: To clean dreaded red wine stains, douse the spot with white wine and blot with a clean rag to absorb the spill.

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5-Grapefruit seed extract

OK, so you might not have this stuff just sitting around, but it's worth picking some up to kill mold and mildew without bleach or chemical odors.

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6-Potatoes

Cut a potato in half to remove rust from baking pans. Dip it in a bit of salt for extra cleaning power.

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7-Bread

Who knew? The best way to clean your precious watercolor paintings is with a piece of bread. Truth!

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8-Lemon juice

Apply lemon juice to stove and counter tops to remove greasy stains. Works great as a bleaching agent for laundry stains, too!

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9-Salt

Remove burned-on gunk from pans and stove tops with a dash of salt. The sooner you sprinkle it on, the better it works.

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