Borax – why don’t you have any yet?
We see it in the cleaning aisle, but most of us have no idea about how wonderful this little box of cleaning joy is. Borax is made with water, oxygen, boron and sodium, it’s really simple stuff and its been known to man for over 4000 years and used for cleaning for over 100 years! It is a popular product used in the laundry world and also has several stain removal, rust removal, mildew removal and deodorizing applications.
Sodium borate is a naturally occurring mineral which isn’t harmful to the environment, doesn’t accumulate in your body and doesn’t absorb through your skin. It mixes nicely with lemon, vinegar and water for cleaning purposes and is safe for use on any surface including tile, ceramic, porcelain, slate, marble, granite and stainless steel.
Here are 10 great ways you can use it, but don’t take my word for it, get some today and see what you can accomplish with it!
Easy toilet bowl cleaner:
I like anything that saves me time. Just sprinkle 1 cup of borax into your toilet bowl before you go to bed. I like to get the sides of the bowl, under the rim and of course inside the bowl itself (in other words, be deliberate with your sprinkling). In the morning, scrub quick with a brush and flush. The borax loosens everything up making scrub time much faster and clean up a breeze. You’ll see toilet rings, odours and stains flush away with ease. Nice!
Get rid of bugs:
A nice alternative to bug killers is a mixture of equal parts borax and powdered sugar. Sprinkle this in areas where bugs frequent, or lay some down on a piece of parchment paper and slip it under a frequented area (appliance, sofa) and you can easily pull it out at a later time. The bugs will carry the ‘food’ away and for some strange reason, won’t be back.
Easy cookware cleaning powder:
Borax is great for cleaning tough stains and baked on crustiness. Dampen the affected areas, sprinkle a touch on, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub with a soft sponge or cloth and rinse well. Voila! Borax really helps remove build up.
Remove sink stains:
Whether it’s rust, food stains or general sink build up, borax will deal with it. In either your stainless steel or porcelain sink, mix 1 cup borax with 1/4 cup lemon juice and rub the stain with this paste. Using a sponge, wipe the mixture around as you would any powdered cleanser. Rinse well and shine! If you notice the borax mixture hardens, add more lemon juice. Mine hardened pretty fast, so I don’t recommend making any more than you need because in my experience, it doesn’t store well as a mixture.
Get rid of mildew in the bathroom:
If you have yucky mildew stains in the bathroom, you’re going to love borax. Create a thick paste of borax and water, apply onto the moldy area and let it sit overnight. Then, brush away the loose powder and rinse the rest off! This could not be easier and it really makes a difference when it comes to removing mildew and discolouration from grout.
Room refresher spray:
If you like making your own products, you’ll love this! Make your own room refresher spray which helps eliminate odours and keep a room smelling fresh. Mix 1/2 cup borax into 12 oz. warm water ( to dissolve the borax), and add 10 drops of essential oil (this is optional, but you know me, I LOVE essential oils). Mix in a clean spray bottle and use anywhere you need a better smell! Shake well before each use, borax tends to settle.
Pet bed cleaner:
If you want to rid the pet bed from smelling like ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ but don’t want to launder it, then mix up mix 1/3 cup borax into 8 oz. water, mix and spray onto pet beds to remove smells. You can also spray onto eating areas or other surfaces your pet frequents and gently scrub and wipe clean. This helps kill odours and freshen up the space for your furry friend!
Delicate delicates cleaner:
Hand wash your delicates with this simple solution: mix 2 tablespoons mild laundry detergent with 1/4 cup borax and a gallon of very warm water in a bucket or sink. Once dissolved, soak delicates for 30 minutes, rinse and hang to dry! This helps remove stains, fight odours and condition the water to let the detergent do its job properly. Love this!
Plastic hairbrush and comb soak:
Stay by removing excess hair, them mix 1/4 cup borax and a tablespoon of dish soap together into a gallon of warm water in a bucket or sink. Soak for 20 minutes, rinse and lay flat to dry. Grease, dust and any other unsavoury stuff will be removed! This is not recommended for wood brushes, since wood can warp in water.
Pet accident odour eliminator:
Pet accidents smell terrible, but here’s how to deal with those odours: remove any ‘solid’ part of that stain (you know what I mean!). Then, dampen the spot if it’s not already damp, sprinkle on a generous amount of borax and pat into the stain gently, leave it to dry and then vacuum it up. The odour should be completely gone!
What are some of your favourite uses for borax?
Let me know in the comments below!!!