The Blog

6 Cleaning Home Remedies That Actually Work

Next time you go on a cleaning frenzy, hearken back to your grandma's wisdom and give one of these home remedies a shot.
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

Modern advances in home technology are great (who doesn't love their dishwasher?), but when it comes to cleaning, good old-fashioned home remedies still get the job done! In fact, you can get a ton of household tasks accomplished with common items like baking soda and lemons.

Next time you go on a cleaning frenzy, hearken back to your grandma's wisdom and give one of these home remedies a shot.

1. Disinfect your toilet with denture tablets.

For a no-fuss bacteria banisher, drop a couple of denture-cleaning tablets into your toilet bowl and flush. While it won't get rid of stains, it will rid your toilet of dangerous bacteria.

2. Erase a bathtub ring with baking soda.

If your DIY bath bombs created a ring around your tub, erase it with a box of baking soda. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the ring and let it sit for up to an hour. When you rinse it away with water, the nasty ring will be rinsed away with it!

3. Use coffee filters to wash windows.

Coffee filters are great for cleaning windows because they leave a streak- and lint-free shine. Plus, this inexpensive option won't leave residue on your hands like newspaper does. Bonus: They work on mirrors, too!

4. Use ice to remove wax from carpet.

If your candles have melted right down to your carpet, start the clean-up process with ice. First, fill a plastic bag with ice and lay it on top of the wax stain. Let the bag sit until you're sure the wax is frozen. Then, scrape off the wax with a dull knife (a butter knife will work well).

5. Clean copper with lemon and salt.

If you're a Moscow Mule fan, your copper mugs probably need a quick shine every once in a while. Just grab a lemon and some salt. Microwave your lemon for ten seconds, and then cut it in half. Dip the juicy side of the lemon into the salt, then vigorously rub your copper. The stains will disappear and your copper will shine like a new penny!

6. Shine your silver with banana peels.

If you have tarnished silver, look no further than your fruit bowl to shine it up. First, blend a banana peel with water until it forms a paste. Rub the paste onto your silver with a soft cloth and then rinse your silverware thoroughly. Be sure to dry your silverware before putting it back into a drawer, or you'll be stuck with moldy silver.