30 Reasons Every Home Should Have a Box of Borax on Hand

30 Reasons Every Home Should Have a Box of Borax on Hand

30 Reasons Every Home Should Have a Box of Borax on Hand

Borax, also known as sodium borate, is a mineral salt of boric acid. Commonly used in powder form, borax has a variety of uses. While it’s most common use is as a laundry detergent booster, borax can also work as an antifungal cleaning agent and is a common component of many cosmetics and paint products.

Only recently have I fully begun to appreciate the true versatility of borax in the home as a cleaner, deodorizer, and even a base for some fun things for the kids to play with! Following are 30 household uses for borax. Read through them and I’m sure like me, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without keeping a box handy.

Toilet Cleaner:

For a sparkling clean toilet, just pour a cup of borax into the water, stir it thoroughly, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrub it with a brush and flush away stains.

Window Wash:

For exceptionally dirty windows, try soaking a wash cloth in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of borax and 3 cups of water then wipe your windows. Repeat with a mix of water and vinegar before drying.

Window Wash
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Floor Cleaner:

Mix 1/4 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of vinegar in a bucket, then fill with hot water and add a squirt of dish soap. The resulting solution is a great cleaner for mopping your floors.

Tub & Shower Cleanser:

Simply sprinkle borax on a damp sponge or cloth and use it to scrub tubs and showers. When you’re done, rinse away soap scum, hard water, and rust stains.

Sanitize Brushes and Combs:

Just fill your bathroom sink with warm water, add 1/4 cup of borax and a squirt of dish soap, then stir it up with your brushes and combs. Let them soak in the mixture for 30 minutes then rinse clean.

Sink and Counter Cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix 1 tablespoon of borax and 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a few drops of dish soap then fill with hot water. This makes a great all-purpose cleaner.

Fridge Cleaner:

On the outside of the fridge, use the all-purpose cleaner mentioned above, but to clean food spills and messes inside the fridge, just mix one tablespoon of borax with a quart of warm water.

Mold and Mildew Eliminator:

Mix a cup of borax with a quart of hot water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on mold and mildew until the spots are thoroughly soaked, then just rinse away after a few hours.

Mold and Mildew
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Homemade Dish Soap:

Mix a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of soap powder and add 2 cups of boiling water. Whisk the mixture until well blended and let stand until cool.

Cast Iron Cleaner:

Using soap on cast iron cookware can taint the flavor of food. A better solution is a teaspoon each of borax and salt. Spread on cookware and scrub it clean!

Rust Remover:

Mix equal parts of borax and lemon juice, then simply spread the mixture onto the rust. After 30 minutes, just wipe your metal clean! Repeat as needed.

Gum Remover:

By mixing 1/2 cup of borax with 1/4 cup of water, you will have a solution that is effective at scrubbing away sticky substances like gum, tar, grease, and tape residue.


Laundry Stain Remover:

Mix a tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of water, and spread it on the stain. After 30 minutes, scrub away the stain and wash laundry as usual.

Carpet Stain Remover:

Just mix 1/2 cup of borax with 2 cups of warm water, and sponge the stain until it is saturated. Scrub thoroughly, then let sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming the area clean.

Patio Furniture Cleaner:

Stir together a tablespoon each of borax and dish soap in a gallon of hot water. Use the solution and a sponge for brilliantly clean patio furniture.

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  1. If your pet brings in fleas, spread some on the carpet. Wait an hour or so and vacuum up. The crystals will kill the fleas.

    • We swear by this method in my house. Its insane how well this works to accomplish this.

      • 3 cups water, 1 cup peroxide (3 to 1 if you need to make a larger dose) and as much borax you can get to dissolve in it makes a great rinse for your dogs too. Kills fleas, ticks, mites, mange… Rinse dog and let them air dry, do not towel off… this has been great for our dogs. Even one with some kind of re-occurring skin infection vet couldn’t get on top of… All better.

  2. I learned from an old time hand forger that you can effectively weld 2 or 3 pieces of metal to make a start of a tang to a knife

  3. How safe is it, really? I have read that it is poisonous, or at least could make one sick. That doesn’t sound like something I’d want to use to make something like Gak for my kids to play with. . .esp. Since many like to “sample” things like play dough, slime, etc.

    • borax is safe, some people drink it, a pinch in a glass of water. people get borax and boric acid mixed up because of chemical name and they both kill bugs. boric acid is poison. great laundry additivve

  4. After boiling the meat off of a deer skull, a friend of mine put into a bucket and poured borax over it.

    In a matter of weeks, it was bleached perfectly white . . .

  5. How safe or dangerous is it for septic tanks? Using it outdoors can it pollute ground or well water?

  6. Where can I go to print this article out to use.

  7. never mind–found the arrow!! Duh!!

  8. Cure Salmon roe for fishing bait…. cut your roe into desired size . roe will shrink by 1/3 … coat roe with borax and place in front of a fan or out in the sun to dry/cure when the right consistency place them in a bag and freeze until ready for usage!!

  9. For people who suffer from asthma, I hear it can be brushed into edges of matresses and seams of floorboards to kill dust mites. I know a friend of mine who has used it for an asthmatic child and it has made a big difference.