Borax, or sodium borate, is a very cool old-school natural cleaning agent that has many uses around the home. It is most commonly used as a laundry booster or as a base for DIY laundry detergent, and it’s great for this. But there are actually many household uses for borax!
A box of borax is easy to find, typically sold in four-pound boxes at your hardware store or Walmart (in the laundry section) and will last a long time. You can use it for all kinds of DIY cleaning agents, many of which will replace toxic, expensive cleaning products that also probably wouldn’t even be half as effective.
Here are some creative ways you can use borax around the house!
- laundry booster: just add 1/3 of a cup to every load
- stain remover: make a paste with 2 parts water and 1 part borax (a spoonful will do) and scrub into stain. Let sit for a few hours, then wash as normal
- in homemade deodorizing spray: mix 1/3 cup into a quart spray bottle of water and use like you would Febreze
- to deodorize mattresses: mix 1 part borax with 1 part baking soda and sprinkle into your fabric, wait a few hours, and vacuum up
- cleaning grout and tile: make a paste with water and apply liberally, let sit, then scrub away and rinse off
- to clean floors: add 1-3 tablespoons to your mop water for extra clean floors
- to sanitize brushes and combs: soak in warm water with a handful of borax added, then rinse thoroughly
- to unclog toilets and drains: unclog the toilet or drain as much as you can, then dump borax into the clogged area. Let sit for 20 minutes, then pour drown with boiling water
- to sanitize sinks and counters: add a tablespoon to a spray bottle with water and vinegar and use as an all-purpose cleaner
- to kill cockroaches: nothing kills cockroaches like borax! Mix borax with sugar and sprinkle in the path of cockroaches. Clean up and refresh regularly and **make sure to keep out of reach of small children and pets. **
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