Inside: Borax isn't just for laundry. Get your whole house clean with these amazing uses for borax. Find out what to clean with borax and the best uses for borax.
The first time I bought borax wasn't to use it to clean or for laundry. I had bought it for my pre-school class so we could make slime. When I ended up with half a box leftover I brought it home for the laundry room. I hadn't actually used borax before but I didn't want the box to go to waste. It didn't take long for me to realize that this was one thing that I needed to keep in my laundry room.
Borax is not just for the laundry room, though. It works great around the whole house to clean. You can pick up a box at most grocery stores or on Amazon. If you aren't regularly using borax check out these amazing uses for borax.
You can kill ants and other insects with borax. All you need is borax and some regular white sugar. Mix 3/4 cup of sugar with 1/4 a cup borax. Then pour a small trail of the powder mix around where the ants are found, making sure it's not where kids or animals can get into it. The ants will take the "food" back to their colony and it will kill them all.
Get Rid Of Sweat Stains
One of my favorite ways to use borax is to get rid of sweat stains in sheets. If you have white sheets or mattress pads you can easily get rid of the stains by using borax and dish detergent. It's easy to do in the washing machine to avoid making a mess and still get your stains out.
If you are dealing with whites and light clothes that need brightened add a little borax to the wash. Add 1/2 cup of borax to a load of laundry to quickly and easily brighten it along with your regular detergent.
Clean Patio Furniture
You can easily clean your patio furniture with borax. Add a cup of borax to a gallon of warm water and mix. Use a sponge or scrub brush to scrub down the patio furniture with the borax mixture and then rinse the furniture with a hose. Not only will it clean your furniture, but it will also kill off any mildew too.
Kill Mold & Mildew
Borax can be used to get rid of mold and mildew. Just mix a cup of borax with a gallon of water and apply to the moldy area. This works great for showers, baths, and mildew on your patio furniture. Rinse with water once you are done cleaning. It's one of my favorite uses for borax.
Clean Bath & Shower
If you are short on time and need a quick bath or shower cleaner you can use borax. Just sprinkle the borax on your tub or shower like you would Comet or Ajax. Then use a sponge or scrub brush to scrub away. Rinse the tub or shower and you are good to go!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
You can easily clean your toilet with borax. Just sprinkle about 1/2 cup to a cup of borax in the toilet bowl and use your toilet scrubber to spread it around the bowl. Let it sit for an hour or two depending on the stains and then scrub and flush. Your toilet will be clean and shiny again.
Get Rid Of Mice
Get rid of your mice easily with borax. Just sprinkle about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of borax around the area with mice. Make sure you keep your pets and children away from the borax. It will poison and kill any mice.
Make Laundry Detergent
Borax can be used when you are making your own laundry detergent too. Borax helps break down minerals that are in your water. It will also help your detergent brighten whites.
Get Rid Of Smells
If you have some funky smells in your home you can get rid of them with borax. Make a mixture of 50 percent baking soda and 50 percent borax. Sprinkle it on your carpet and let it sit for about an hour. Then vacuum up the mixture. Borax can soak up odor-causing moisture from the carpet and help eliminate it along with the baking soda. It's easy and quick to do.
Make Homemade Goo-Gone
You can avoid the horrible smells of goo-gone with your own homemade goo-gone. Just mix equal parts vegetable oil and borax to make a homemade goo-gone that will get rid of the stickiest situation.
Get Rid Of Rust
You can get rid of rust on tools and cookware with borax and lemon juice. Just mix a tablespoon or two of lemon juice with some borax to make a paste. Apply to the rusty object and let sit for about an hour. Scrub away the paste, rinse, and dry. Your rust will be gone and your tools will look like new!
If you haven't tried out borax before grab a box and start cleaning. Borax isn't just for laundry rooms or slime anymore. There are some amazing uses for borax that will help you clean your whole home. Want some other cleaning tips? Check out these awesome clean home hacks. They will save you time and money.
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