Borax and 10 Easy Uses At Home
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Ever since its discovery several centuries ago, Borax has been used in a variety of ways in households all across the world. Borax is actually a naturally occurring crystal-like substance found in several parts of the world. This includes California, Nevada, Tibet and Romania. It’s pretty versatile when it comes to household cleaning agents.
Since the 19th century, it’s been used in households for laundry, killing pests, getting rid of bad odors, removing rust and so much more. What’s old is new again and many people are using borax as a healthy, environmentally friendly alternative to other cleaners. Without any further ado, here are 10 easy ways to use borax in your home.
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1.) MICE DETERANT – Borax can be used to keep mice and other pests away. Simply, sprinkle borax along your floorboards near your walls. Mice like to run next to the walls and they don’t like how borax feels on their feet. They’ll remember that and they’ll be less likely to return.
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2.) CLEANING COOKWARE – Borax is great for cleaning less sturdy dishes such as porcelain or aluminum cookware. Sprinkle a little borax on your pots and pans and then rub it in with a damp washcloth. Rinse after that and any grime inside should be washed away!
3.) KILLS BUGS AND OTHER PESTS – Borax does a great job getting rid of ants, cockroaches, water bugs and other pests. Just mix borax with regular sugar. The sugar is the bait and the borax does the rest. Good places to put the borax is under your refrigerator and stove. Remember, to keep the borax away from your pets.
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4.) RUST REMOVAL – Borax is also good for getting rid of rust. First, mix one cup of borax, two cups of warm water and one tablespoon of lemon juice together. It should look like a paste. Once that’s done, let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, just scrub and rinse away. If there’s still some rust left, apply a second coating. This should get rid of the excess.
5.) DRAIN CLEANER – When the drain gets clogged, most of us either have to call the plumber or buy an expensive drain cleaner which takes time and costs you money. Using borax however, is inexpensive and a good way to clear your drain. First, pour half a cup of Borax down the drain. Then, pour several cups of boiling water down the drain. Leave it for about 15 minutes. The borax will break down the clog and flush it through. It also disinfects and cleans the pipes too.
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6.) MOLD INHIBITOR – Borax can also clean up mold that may be growing in parts of your house. If you find mold growing somewhere in your home, combine a cup of borax with a gallon of water. Scrub with a rag until the mold is removed. Be careful not to use the compound on a porous walls such as unfinished wood or drywall. Those materials will keep the mold moist.
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7.) KILL WEEDS – Borax is also useful to get rid of unwanted weeds on your patio or sidewalks. First, add 10 ounces of borax to 2 ½ gallons of water. Mix it well. Spray the borax weed killer to the weeds. Remember, be careful where you apply it. It will kill any plants near it. That means it shouldn’t be used when gardening.
8.) FLOOR CLEANER – Borax is great at getting rid of stains and unwanted scuffs on your floor. First, mix one teaspoon of dish detergent with 1/3 cup of borax, a tablespoon of ammonia and a gallon of hot water. You can use a spray bottle or a bucket. It not only helps get rid of stains, but also provides a good smell while giving a great shine to your floors.
9.) HOMEMADE CANDLES – Borax can be used to create homemade candle wicks to help your candles burn cleaner while giving off a pleasant aroma. To make the wicks, dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of borax in a cup of boiling water. Soak the twine in the mix for at least 24 hours. Hang the twine for two days and let it dry.
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10.) CARPET CLEANER – Borax is great for cleaning carpets and getting tough stains out. Simply mix borax with warm water. For harder stains, mix a paste of ¼ salt, ¼ borax, ¼ cup of vinegar. Take the mixture and rub it into the spot. Let it dry and then vacuum. It’s that easy.
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Borax has a number of uses and is also environmentally friendly. While it’s a great cleaner, be careful when using borax. You should keep it away from small children and your pets. While there is a little concern of health effects, it is not believed to be toxic to humans.
For more information on the effects of borax, you can go to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.