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Borax: A Household Must-Have

Here is today’s super-fun topic –> Borax. Yes, you heard (read) correctly. Borax. I’m sure you have all heard of it, maybe even seen a box in your mother or grandmother’s cupboard way back when. Well, I am here to tell you, that like Justin Timberlake, I am bringing Borax back — in a big way.

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I ran into a girlfriend at the neighbourhood grocery store last week and she had a box in her cart. I was pumped and we started sharing about the wonderful qualities and uses that we had for Borax. Oh, my friends, there are so many.

 

In this day and age of wanting to go GREEN and eliminating the man-made chemicals from our lives and homes, Borax is a welcome replacement for so many household cleaners. It is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. It is usually a white powder consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.

 

Use Borax to replace harmful bleach, Comet or other abrasives, and see why so many people are getting hooked on this great, green, natural way to clean, whiten, and brighten their clothes and homes. Use Borax to replace harmful bleach, Comet or other abrasives. It's a great, green, natural way to clean, whiten, and brighten clothes and homes. Click To Tweet

 

Here my top 5 Borax uses:

  1. Laundry Freshener and Whitener — Add 1/2 cup of Borax to any wash (you can use it on coloured fabrics safely, but always check the label) to boost the strength of clean from your washer. Forget harmful bleach that can damage coloured and delicate fabrics. Instead use Borax with warm water to wash your whites and notice how bright they turn out. You will be impressed! (HINT: In the summer, wash your whites with Borax and dry in the sun for super bright whiteness. This also disinfects. Excellent tactic for nursing bras if you are dealing with thrush.)
  2. Diapers and Baby Clothes — Mamas and papas, you all know how hard it can be to clean those, ah, poopy stains from baby’s clothes. Especially today, if you are using cloth diapers, Borax will become your best friend. Soak diaper liners in a solution of ½ cup of Borax and warm/hot water per diaper pail. Add a ½ cup again when you run them through the wash, and voila — cleaner, whiter diaper and clothes and less irritating to baby’s skin.
  3. Tubs and Tiles — Sure a Mr. Clean Eraser will do the job. But they can be dangerous if children come into contact with them. Usually I use baking soda to scrub my tub surround. But I have found that Borax is a superior product to eliminating soap scum and really cutting through the grime. I make a paste with the Borax by soaking my sponge with vinegar. Using this method, I have my tub surround, sinks, and fixtures shiny and scratch-free in no time.
  4. Dish it Up — Add a ¼ cup to your dishwasher before running a load. It will boost the power of your detergent and leave dishes and glasses sparkling. It will also clean the inside of your dishwasher along with the arms. Woohoo! Two for one deal.
  5. Stop Bugging Me — Borax is also a highly effective bug deterrent. Sprinkle borax powder around (or under if you have small children or pets) your refrigerator and stove to discourage cockroaches. Also, a mixture of borax and sugar or honey will attract and kill silverfish and ants.

It’s always advisable to wear gloves when handling Borax as it can cause skin irritation for some people. Borax should also not be inhaled.

Borax can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store in between the bleach and detergent products, usually on the bottom shelf.

If you have additional uses for Borax, share in the comments. We would love to hear how it works for you!

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