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.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and borax and sprinkle it over carpeting. Let the powder sit for 30 minutes then simply vacuum away odors!
Mix 1/2 cup of borax with a pint of warm water and put it in a spray bottle. The resulting solution can be used to deodorize curtains, furniture, and more!
You can treat odors and stains on your mattress with the same method as your homemade carpet cleaner. For an extra boost of freshness, add a few drops of lavender oil to the mix.
Trash Can Deodorizer:
To control odors in a trash can, fill it with water, add a half cup of borax, stir and let soak for 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse the trash can, allow it to dry, then add an extra sprinkle of dry borax inside.
Litter Box Deodorizer.
1/4 cup of borax mixed with kitty litter will significantly reduce nasty odors. Perfectly safe for your cats, provided they don’t eat the litter.
Remove as much water as possible from a clogged toilet, then add 1/2 cup of borax. Let sit for 10 minutes, then add 2 cups of boiling water and flush. Repeat if necessary.
With a funnel, pour 1/2 cup of borax down the drain then slowly follow-up with 2 cups of boiling water. After 10 minutes, flush with hot water. Repeat if necessary for extra tough clogs.
For grease fires, baking soda is a recommended extinguisher, but it turns out borax is just as effective. Borax can also be used to snuff campfires or other types of small fires.
DIY Ant Poison:
By mixing equal parts of borax and sugar, you will make a sweet mix that is irresistible to ants. The ants will take the mix back to the colony and potentially wipe out the whole group!
To control cockroaches, sprinkle a little borax on shelves around your food. For fleas and bedbugs, sprinkle on your mattress or carpeting and vacuum up after 30 minutes or so.
Sprinkle borax along pathways and anywhere else you see signs of mice activity to deter them. You can also sprinkle baits with borax to kill mice, and potentially the whole nest if they feel like sharing.
Sprinkle borax on weeds in sidewalks and cracks in concrete. Use with caution on garden weeds, as borax can also kill other types of plants. Avoid use on windy or rainy days.
While large amounts of borax will kill plants, tiny amounts can increase the soil’s boron, an essential mineral for cell growth. Only use if your soil is boron deficient.
While I have not tried this method personally, this article has detailed instructions on how to preserve flowers with borax.
Borax can be used to make homemade slime, snowflakes, bouncy balls, and even color fire.
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