Borax. Why don’t you have any yet?
Most people have no idea about how wonderful this little box of cleaning joy is. Borax is made with water, oxygen, boron, and sodium—simple stuff that’s been known to man for more than 4000 years, and used for cleaning with borax has been going on for more than 100 years! Sodium borate is a naturally occurring mineral that 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. Borax is a great DIY cleaner and here are 10 easy ways you can use it.
Easy Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle 1 cup of borax into your toilet bowl before you go to bed, aiming for the sides of the bowl, under the rim, and of course, inside the bowl itself. In the morning, scrub quickly with a brush, and flush. The borax loosens everything up, making scrub time much faster. Toilet rings, odors, and stains will flush away with ease. Nice!
Get Rid of Bugs
A nice alternative to toxic bug killers is to make 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 hidden area (appliances, the sofa). 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!
Remove Sink Stains
Whether it’s rust, food stains, or general sink build-up on a stainless steel or porcelain sink, borax will deal with it.
- Mix 1 cup borax with 1/4 cup lemon juice and apply the paste onto the staining using a sponge.
- Rinse well, and shine with a microfiber cloth! (If the borax mixture hardens, just add more lemon juice.)
Get Rid of Mildew in the Bathroom
Create a thick paste of borax and water, apply to the mildewy 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 discoloration from grout.
Room Refresher Spray
If you notice that a room in your house starts smelling a little funky, or if you just want to add a little freshness to a room before guests arrive, try this DIY room spray.
- Mix 1/2 cup borax into 12 ounces of warm water in a clean spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (this is optional, but you know me—I LOVE essential oils) and shake well.
- Spritz away! Note: Shake well before each use, since borax tends to settle.
Pet Bed Cleaner
If you want to shake that dog or cat aroma from the pet bed but don’t want to launder it try this pet bed odor eater.
- Mix 1/3 cup borax in 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
- Spritz right onto pet beds, gently scrub and wipe clean.
Easily handwash 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, add your delicates and let soak for 30 minutes.
- Rinse well and hang to dry.
Plastic Hairbrush and Comb Cleaner
Start by removing excess hair, then mix 1/4 cup borax and a tablespoon of dish soap into a gallon of warm water in a bucket or sink. Add your brush and comb and soak for 20 minutes, then rinse and lay flat to dry. (This is not recommended for wood brushes, since wood can warp in water.)
Pet Accident Odor Eliminator
Remove any “solid” part of that stain (you know what I mean), then dampen the spot and sprinkle on a generous amount of borax. Rub it into the stain (gently), leave it to dry, and then vacuum it up. The odor should be completely gone!