The Benefits Of Borax

It is surprising with all the new laundry detergents on the market that many younger people have never heard of Borax soap. This well-known soap was extremely popular back when I was I growing up about 40 years ago. Borax also known as sodium borate has been on the market for over a hundred years, borax is a natural product and mineral that comes the evaporation of the salt lakes.  This particular product has many uses similar to vinegar and baking soda, let’s take a look at a few of these.

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Borax Benefits.

  • Unclog and Clean Drains. I remember my mother doing this at least once a week to keep the drains clean of any buildup of grease or debris. Pour a ½ cup of borax down the drain and then slowly pour two cups of boiling water down the drain. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes then flush with hot water. This will help with drain fly problems.
  • Unclog and Clean Toilets. If the toilet is clogged scoop as much water out as possible. Then add a ½ to one cup of borax and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Pour two cups of boiling water and flush the toilet. If the toilet is stained pour in a cup of borax and swish it around and let it sit overnight. The following day scrub the toilet with a toilet bowl brush and it should be sparkling clean.
  • Clean Mold. Mix one quart of hot water and one cup of borax and put in a spray bottle. Saturate the mold and mildew and let sit for several hours, then rinse and repeat if necessary.
  • Deodorize Litter Box. Mix in ¼ to ½ cups of borax into the cat litter box and it will help cut down on unpleasant odors.
  • Fire Retardant. Borax works great to put our grease fires.
  • Washing Patio Furniture. Living in Florida our patio furniture gets moldy and unsightly. Taking a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of dish or laundry soap and adding this to a gallon of hot water works great to wash down the furniture. I take a car washing sponge and soak it in the bucket and I wipe all over the furniture and let sit for a few minutes and rinse the furniture with a hose.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner. Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.
  • Weed Killer. Sprinkle it on weeds between cracks on walkways. For garden weeds you have to be careful because it can kill other types of plants. Option Two, Mix 1 ¼ cups of borax with 2 ½ gallons of water and transfer to a weed sprayer. Since borax doesn’t discriminate, carefully soak the leaves of unwanted plants in your yard while avoiding the ones you wish to keep, and try to only spray the foliage and never the soil itself, the leaves will suck in the mixture which will kill the plant.
  • Deodorize Garbage Can. Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor-causing moisture.
  • Rust Remover. Combine together borax and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this mix to rusty objects, allowing it to set for at least 30 minutes, and then scour with a scrub brush. Repeat these steps if necessary, and always rinse clean with water when finished.
  • Washing Windows. Now I have always added vinegar to my water to wash windows, buit I hate the smell of vinegar so I use this combination. Thoroughly mix three cups of warm water with two tablespoons of borax until it is completely dissolved. Dip a clean cloth into this mixture and wipe down windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Buff and shine.
  • Clean Spots from Clothing. Best for grease, oil, and protein stains, pre-soak discolored and soiled clothes and linens in the washing machine by using a half cup of borax for each gallon of warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes before adding laundry detergent and running the wash through as usual.
  • Ant Killer. This mixture is great for getting rid of ants naturally without the use of harmful pest control chemicals. Mixing together 1/3 cup of borax to one cup of sugar. Mix the two together really good, if any clumps break them up so the mixture is fine and smooth. Slowly add water and stir together till the mixture is thick and pasty. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton ball near the ant trail. Once the ants find the mixture they will start feeding on the borax mixture and take it back and feed the queen of the colony and eliminate the whole colony.
  • Washing Clothes. Using detergent and bleach can be damaging to your clothing, by adding a half of a cup of borax to your wash along with your regular detergent the water becomes softer and is brought back to a more neutral ph level. Borax is a more green and great alternative to using bleach.

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