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Naturally Clean with 50+ Uses of Borax

Borax BoxBorax is a naturally occurring mineral also known as sodium tetraborate. It doesn’t cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through skin.  It is a naturally occurring substance and is not harmful to the environment.  Borax contains no phosphates, peroxide, chlorine, or other chemical additives.

Borax has been a household name for over 123 years.  Below are over 50 Household ‘recipes’ for uses of this multi-tasking, multi-purpose cleaning product. 

  • Weeds- Sprinkle in cracks of cement, pavers, stone, blacktop, etc (not for use in gardens)
  • Ant, Roach & Water Bugs– Sprinkle equal parts borax and powdered sugar where bugs are (keep out of reach of children and pets)
  • Insecticide- Sprinkle around the perimeter of your home to keep insects away
  • Mice Repellent- Sprinkle on  floors near the walls to deter mice
  • Bed Bugs- Sprinkle on mattress, allow to penetrate for 1 to 1.5 hours, vacuum
  • Dust Mites- Sprinkle on affected area, allow to penetrate for 2-3 hours, vacuum
  • Fleas- Sprinkle onto carpets, allow to sit for 1 to 1.5 hours, vacuum
  • Litter Box- Blend a few tablespoons into the cat litter
  • Urine, Feces & Vomit- Blot then rub area well with borax on a damp cloth, allow to dry, vacuum
  • Mold & Mildew- Mix borax and white vinegar to make a thick paste, smear onto moldy area, let dry overnight, wipe, rinse
  • Rust- Mix ½ cup borax, ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, apply with a cloth, rinse
  • Musty Odors- Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup water and a splash of lemon juice.  Allow to soak a few hours, then launder
  • Goo- Mix 2 parts Borax with 1 part water, scrub to remove sticky, gooey or gummy adhesive or residue
  • Laundry- Add 1 cup borax to every load of laundry to boost cleaning power
  • Laundry Pre-Soak- Soak laundry in 1/2 cup of borax and a splash of white vinegar for 1 hour prior to washing
  • Delicates- Soak delicates in 1/3 cup borax and 2 tablespoons mild laundry detergent, rinse
  • Stains- Mix borax and water to make a thick paste, work into the stain, allow to sit for 1 – 3 hours, rinse
  • Odor Neutralizer- Dampen spot, blot or rub equal parts borax and baking soda into stain, allow to dry, vacuum
  • Carpet Stains- Wipe stain, then mix borax with water to make a paste, blot into carpet, allow to sit till dry, vacuum
  • Carpet Cleaner- Mix ½ cup borax and 1 gallon water into carpet machine
  • Outdoor Furniture- Mix 1 tablespoon borax, 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1 quart hot water, clean, rinse
  • Indoor Furniture- Mix 1 tablespoon borax, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 cup water, clean, allow to dry and vacuum
  • Floors Mix 1/3 cup, 1 gallon water, a squirt of dishwashing detergent and a splash of white vinegar
  • Tile & Grout- Mix borax with white vinegar to create a thick paste and scrub with a brush, rinse
  • Toilet Cleaner- Sprinkle 1 ¼ cup into toilet before bed.  The next morning, clean bowl easily as grime and buildup will be loose
  • Daily Shower- Mix 1/4 cup borax, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 1/4 cup water, spray down shower after use
  • Windows- Mix 2/3 cup borax, ¼ gallon white vinegar and ¾ gallon water
  • All Purpose- Mix 3 tablespoons of borax, 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Powdered- Sprinkle on damp cloth or sponge and use (will not scratch anything including fiberglass)
  • Non-Abrasive Bathroom- Mix ¾ cup borax, ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 gallon water
  • Stainless Steel & Porcelain- Mix 1 cup borax, ¼ cup lemon juice and 1 quart water
  • Degreaser- Mix equal parts borax and dishwashing detergent and scrub, rinse
  • Spilled Food/Drinks- Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon borax, 1 quart water and a splash of lemon juice, rinse
  • Unclog Drains- Place ½ cup Borax into drain, follow with 2 cups boiling water, allow to sit for 30 minutes then run water to flush  (This is septic safe)
  • Humidifier or Dehumidifier- Mix 1 tablespoon borax with water into the unit and let sit for 2 hours, rinse
  • DIshwasher- Mix 1/3 cup borax and ¼ cup baking soda into empty dishwasher and run using the hottest water setting
  • Oven- Make a paste of equal parts borax, white vinegar and baking soda.  Apply with brush and leave on for a few hours, then wipe
  • Grill- Make a paste of equal parts borax and water, add a splash of white vinegar.  Apply with brush, then wipe
  • Cutting/Chopping Boards & Butcher Blocks- Mix equal parts borax, baking soda, lemon juice, clean and rinse
  • Refrigerator- Mix 1 tablespoon borax, 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent- Mix equal parts borax and baking soda
  • Skillets, Pots & Pans- Mix borax with water to create a paste without damaging or scratching fragile surfaces
  • China- Soak china in a basin of warm water, ½ cup borax and a splash of lemon juice for up to 3 hours, rinse
  • Metal Coffee & Teapots- Fill pot with water and 1 ½ teaspoons of borax.  Boil water, let mixture cool, rinse
  • Reduce Water Spots on Glasses/Dishes- Add 1 tablespoon borax to dishwasher with regular detergent
  • Garbage Disposal- Pour 3 tablespoons borax into disposal allow to sit for 1 to 2 hours then flush with warm water
  • Deodorize Garbage Pails- Fill pail with ½ cup borax and water, allow to soak for 20-30 minutes, rinse and dry.  Sprinkle borax into the bottom of the pail to keep bugs away, absorb moisture and odor
  • Fireplace- Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup water and ¼ cup white vinegar
  • Baseboards, Countertops & Walls- Mix 3/4 cup borax, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon water
  • Hair, Makeup Brushes & Combs- Mix ¼ cup borax, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and a splash of white vinegar into a basin of warm water.   Swish brushes and combs into the water then allow to soak for up to 2 hours.  Rinse and air dry
  • Car Wash- Mix 1/8 cup borax and 1.25 gallons of warm water
  • Hand Cleaner- Add borax to your damp hands, scrub together then rinse
  • Preserving Flowers- Method 1 and Method 2

Borax, because a clean house is a Happy Home!

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