Borax is a naturally occurring substance that is mined from the Mojave desert and other US States. While borax is a natural substance, care should be taken when using borax. It has been known to cause skin irritation in some people. I use gloves when my skin is going to come into contact with it. Better to be safe than sorry! While mining the borax is not the most environmentally friendly option, it’s still greener than using normal toxic cleaners. I buy borax now to make laundry detergent and clean my house, but there are many more uses for borax than that! Here are some tips on how to use borax.
-Borax can be a natural flea killer. Sprinkle borax on your carpet, let it sit for a couple hours, and then vacuum up! Make sure you vacuum well so you don’t leave any behind.
-If you have an ant or roach problem, try mixing powdered sugar or honey with borax and leaving it in the problem area. The pests will be attracted to the sweetness, eat it and die from the gas caused by the borax!
-Borax is safe and effective as a natural drain cleaner. Mix one cup of borax with a half gallon of boiling water, pour down the drain, and wait. It will help remove grease from your drain! Borax is a great substitute for lye. It works just as well and is much easier to find. Lye is caustic and dangerous, and borax is not.
-Are you looking for a great toilet cleaner? Sprinkle one half of a cup of borax in your toilet and let it sit one hour. Go back and scrub the toilet with the solution. Your toilet will be sparkling clean and odor free!
-Do you avoid flame retardants in your children’s clothing? You can use borax to make the clothes naturally flame retardant. Mix 9 ounces of borax and 4 ounces of boric acid in a bucket with one gallon of water. Dip the item of clothing in the solution and hang dry. Since it’s a natural flame retardant, it will wash out in the wash, so do keep that in mind.
-Remove rust stains from your bathtub by mixing together borax and lemon juice to make a paste. Rub on the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes if it doesn’t remove right away.
-Do you have hard water? Borax can be used to soften water. Add 1 Tablespoon per quart of water to soften. Soft water will make soaps and shampoos work much better!
-Searching for a natural weed killer? Place borax in cracks and near the base of weeds you want to kill. Of course, be careful to not get borax near plants you want to keep as it will kill them!
-Borax is great for deodorizing. Use it in litter boxes, garbage pails, diaper genies, and other areas you want smell free. You can use borax in a similar way as baking soda; just be careful to not handle it too much.
Borax is an inexpensive cleaner that’s great to keep on hand. Pick up a box and keep it in your laundry room. You never know when you will need it!
Do you use borax? What have you used it for?