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5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using

From wine to grease stains, use these simple and nontoxic household cleaning solutions that are likely in your kitchen pantry.

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Pantry staples have long been the safest way to tackle minor fixes and cleanups around the house, plus they have the benefit of being free.

5 of the Best Chemical-Free Household Cleaners

These solutions recall a time when Grandma dusted with old socks and clucked her tongue at wasting pennies. Her remedies might help keep our rivers a little cleaner, too.

Clean Copper with Hot Sauce

Tabasco sauce can be used to clean copper. Photo by James Worrell

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

Olive Oil Brightens Up Wood

Olive oil can be used to safely clean wooden surfaces. Photo by James Worrell

Use a thin coat of olive oil to hydrate worn, dried-out wood, as long as it was origin­ally treated with an oil finish. Finish by buffing it in.

White Wine Removes Red Wine

White wine can remove a red wine stain on carpet. Photo by James Worrell

Spilled red wine on the carpet? Use white wine to clean it! The first step in removing red wine stains is dousing the spot with white wine. Just blot with a clean rag to absorb the spill.

Vinegar Cleans Paint Brushes

Vinegar is a good cleaning solution for paint brushes. Photo by James Worrell

Boil a cup of white vinegar and rest hardened bristles in it overnight.

Cornmeal Soaks Up Grease

Grease stains can be cleaned up with cornmeal. Photo by James Worrell

Cover a fresh grease stain with cornmeal, let it sit a few hours, and sweep it up.