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|Borax also known as Sodium
Borate or Sodium Tetra Borate is an important Boron compound with many
different household and industrial applications. Borax is a true problem
solver for people who know it and can use it correctly.
In this article I will show a brief list of
Borax uses with links to more details where available.
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|1. Clean Tubs and
Showers. Sprinkle some borax on a sponge or damp clothĖlike you would a
powdered cleaner such as AjaxĖand scrub tubs and showers. When youíre done,
thoroughly rinse every surface with water.
2. Clean Brushes and Combs. Fill your bathroom sink with warm water, add 1/4
cup of borax and a squirt of dish soap, and stir it up with your brush
and/or combs. Then let them sit in the mixture for 30 minutes before
3. Clean Toilets. To clean toilets, simply pour one cup of borax into the
water, stir it up, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub it with a
brush and your toilet will be sparkling clean.
4. Unclog Toilets. Scoop as much water as you can out of the toilet, then
add 1/2 cup of borax. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then add 2 cups of
boiling water and flush. Repeat as necessary.
5. Unclog Drains. Use a funnel to pour 1/2 cup of borax down the drain, then
slowly add 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then
flush it out with hot water. Repeat as necessary for tough clogs.
6. Clean Sinks and Counters. Put 1 tablespoon of borax and 2 tablespoons of
vinegar in a spray bottle, then fill it up with hot water and add a few
drops of dish soap. This makes a great all-purpose cleaner.
7. Clean the Fridge. That same all-purpose cleaner works on the outside of
the fridge. But for food spills on the inside, all you need is one
tablespoon of borax per quart of warm water.
8. Clean Mold and Mildew. Mix 1 cup of borax with 1 quart of hot water and
pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the mold and mildew until itís saturated,
wait several hours, then rinse thoroughly.
9. Wash the Dishes. Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 1 tablespoon of finely
grated soap, then add 2 cups of boiling water and whisk until blended. Let
it sit until it cools, and then youíll have homemade dish soap.
10. Clean Cast Iron Cookware. You donít want to use soap on cast iron
because the taste of it could get in your food. Instead, mix 1 teaspoon of
borax with 1 teaspoon of salt, spread it on your cookware, and scrub it.
11. Remove Rust. Mix 1 part borax with 1 part lemon juice, spread the
mixture onto the rust, then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Finally,
just wipe it clean. Repeat if necessary.
12. Clean the Floor. Put 1/4 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of vinegar into a
bucket, then fill it up with hot water and add a squirt of dish soap. Use
the resulting solution to mop your floors.
13. Get Rid of Goo. Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 1/4 cup of water to make a
solution that can be used to scrub away things like gum, tar, grease, and
other adhesive residue.
14. Remove Laundry Stains. Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of
water, and spread it on the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub it
away and wash as usual.
15. Remove Carpet Stains. Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 2 cups of warm water,
then use the solution and a sponge to saturate the stained area. Scrub it
thoroughly, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum the area and let it dry.
16. Deodorize Your Carpet. Mix 1 part borax with 1 part baking soda then
sprinkle it all over your carpet. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it
up. This will neutralize odors in your carpet.
17. Deodorize Other Fabrics. Mix 1/2 cup of borax with a pint of water and
pour it into a spray bottle. The resulting solution can be sprayed on things
like curtains, couches, and padded chairs.
18. Clean Your Mattress. You can remove stains and deodorize your mattress
with the same methods that are used for carpets. To make your mattress smell
even better, add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
19. Deodorize Your Trash Can. Fill your trash can with water and 1/2 cup of
borax, then stir it up. Let it soak for 30 minutes, rinse it out, dry it,
then sprinkle some borax inside the trash can.
20. Deodorize The Litter Box. Just mix 1/4 cup of borax into the kitty
litter and it will significantly reduce unpleasant odors. As long as your
cats donít ingest it, itís perfectly safe.
21. Make Candle Wicks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of borax
in 1 cup of boiling water. Soak a length of twine in this solution for 24
hours, then hang it up to dry for 2 days.
22. Put Out Fires. Baking soda is normally recommended for grease fires, but
borax works just as well. You can also use it to put out campfires or any
other type of small fire.
23. Kill Ant Colonies. Mix equal parts borax and sugar and sprinkle it
anywhere you see ants. Not only will ants die when they eat it, they will
carry it back to the colony and get other ants killed, too.
24. Keep Bugs Away. For cockroaches, sprinkle it on shelves around your
food. For bedbugs and fleas, sprinkle it on your mattress or carpet, let it
sit for at least 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
25. Keep Mice Away. Sprinkle it along pathways and anywhere you see signs of
mice. This will deter them. You can also sprinkle bait with borax. With any
luck, one of them will bring it back to the nest and poison the others.
26. Wash the Windows. For very dirty windows. Soak a wash cloth in a mixture
of 2 tablespoons of borax and 3 cups of water and wipe your windows. Repeat
with equal parts water and vinegar before drying.
27. Wash Patio Furniture. Add 1 tablespoon of borax and 1 tablespoon of dish
detergent to a gallon of hot water, stir it up, then soak your sponge in the
solution and use it to wipe down your furniture.
28. Kill Weeds. Sprinkle it on weeds between cracks on walkways. For garden
weeds you have to be careful because it can kill other types of plants.
Donít use it on windy days or when rain is forecast.
29. Fertilize Plants. Although large amounts of borax will kill plants, tiny
amounts can increase the soilís boron, a mineral essential for cell wall
growth. Here are more details. Only do this is your soil is boron deficient.
30. Preserve Flowers. This isnít something I would ever do myself, but if
youíre interested in preserving flowers, this article has detailed
instructions on how to do it with borax.
31. Entertain the Kids. Borax can be used to make slime, snowflakes, bouncy
balls, and even color fire. These could be fun things to do with the kids if
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