Uses for Borax
Until recently I had never even heard of Borax. I feel like I have led a sheltered life. Now I can’t seem to live without it! It all started with a recipe for slime; then a recipe for bouncy balls… Then a whole set of windows of opportunity just kept opening up. This information is from DIYlife.com.
Officially, Borax is sodium borate which is a naturally occuring substance and considered eco-friendly. The substance is not harmless though so you should always wear gloves when handling it and keep it away from kids and pets.
Sprinkle a combination of Borax and sugar in equal parts to keep roaches, waterbugs and ants away.
Sprinkle along the walls to keep mice away.
Sprinkle on your mattress to get rid of bed bugs – then vaccuum.
Spinkle on your carpet to kill fleas – then vaccuum.
Make a paste with Borax and water to scrub pots and pans. Borax is non-abrasive and will not damage the surfaces.
Make a paste of Borax (1 cup) with warm water (2 cups) and apply to clothing stains – then launder as usual. May also be applied to carpeting – then vaccuum.
Remove rust by mixing 1 cup Borax, 2 cups warm water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle for an all purpose cleaner.
Remove oxidation in metals.
Floor/wall cleaner – mix 1/3 cup Borax, 1 tablespoon ammonia and 1 teaspoon dish detergent in 1 gallon of water.
As a laundry detergent add 1 cup to each load of laundry.
Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelein with 1 cup Borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Rub the paste on, then rinse.
Toilet cleaner – 1/2 cup Borax in 1 gallon water. Scrub then rinse.
Clean outdoor furniture to zap mildew – 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon Borax and 1 quart warm water.
Dish detergent – 1 Tablespoon Borax and 1 Tablespoon baking soda.
Clean garbage disposal with 3 tablespoons of Borax. Let it sit in drain then flush with warm water.
To remove mildew and mustiness from linens – soak in 2 cups of Borax mixed with 2 quarts of water. Let soak for a few hours then rinse them clean.
To unclog drains – 1/2 cup Borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes then flush it out.
To deodorize and clean your fridge – use Borax and water.
To deodorize your garbage pail – use Borax and water.
To kill weeds – sprinkle on the weeds directly.
To soften your water when doing laundry just add some to your load.
To bring your old china back to life – soak the china in 1/2 cup Borax and sink full of water. Rinse then rewash as normal.