Cleaning with Borax – 5 tips you need to know

Some of you may be wondering, what is Borax? It is primarily mined from evaporite deposits produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. Over the decades, borax has found its use in many commercial applications, including as an active ingredient in household laundry and cleaning products, as a fire retardant, as a pH buffer in chemical laboratories, as water softening agent, to prevent wood rot in classic wood boats, and much more.

Here are 5 ways you can use borax to clean your home.

Unclog the drain with Borax

First, empty a ½ cup of borax in the drain. Then pour one tablespoon lemon juice over it. After 2 minutes, pour in about 1 quart of boiling water. Leave it for 15 minutes, run tap water to clean it up. The borax reacts with the gunk and dirt which clogs up the drain to loosen it. Finally, a clean fresh drain!

Use Borax for cleaning your grout

You can easily clean your grout using borax. Just make a thick paste by using 1 part borax, 2 part baking soda, then add vinegar. Apply this to grout using a soft brush and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and wipe. If you need to you can gently scrub off the mixture using a microfiber cloth.

Make an all purpose cleaner out of Borax

Mix 3 Tbsp of borax and 1 cup of vinegar with 3 cups of warm water. Borax and vinegar are both amazing cleaners. You can use this on countertops, stoves, tables, and many other surfaces.

Cleaning pencil and crayon marks from the walls with Borax

Did your kids get creative on the wall again? Don’t worry, you can easily remove the marks by mixing 1 Tbsp borax with a cup of warm water then applying it on the wall to remove pencil and crayon marks. The result? A mark free wall!

Note: Make sure the paint doesn’t come off by testing the mixture on a small region of the wall.

Carpet stain remover made with Borax

If your expensive carpet has a stain, no need to worry! Use Borax- the stain remover. Mix 4 Tbsp borax with 1 cup warm water. After that, dip a sponge or clean cloth in the solution and dab it on the stain. Leave the stain with the borax mixture on it for 25-30 minutes. Then vacuum the area to clean the residue and let it dry. As a result, a clean and stain-free carpet!

Now that you have a few ideas of what Borax can do, the cleaning possibilities are endless.  To learn how to use Borax in other different ways check this out!

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