If you’re a fan of deep cleaning your home for the new year, you’ll want to know of one cleaner in particular that can tackle a variety of projects. Not only will your bathroom sparkle, but your windows will look extra clean, and your yard will look better than ever.
Used in households for over a century, borax is much more than a simple detergent booster. It’s a naturally occurring mineral that is derived from the evaporation of salt lakes. Borax is made up of oxygen, sodium, boron and water, and is a highly alkaline substance, with a pH of 9.3. This alkaline quality is what makes Borax such a wonderful cleaning, freshening and disinfecting agent. But, there is a host of other qualities that make borax your new go-to for more than just washing your clothes.
Shine Mirrors and Windows – Make these surfaces in your home sparkle! All you need to do is mix three cups of warm water with two tablespoons of borax. Once the mixture is completely dissolved, use a clean cloth to wipe down your mirrors and windows. They’ll undoubtedly shine!
Kill Weeds – Get those pesky weeds out of your garden by using a handy borax mixture. Combine 1 ¼ cups of borax with 2 ½ gallons of water and transfer to a spray bottle. Carefully douse the leaves of the weeds with the mixture, making sure not to get any on the plants you wish to keep! You’ll be free of your weed problem in just a few sprays of the bottle.
Clean and Boost Dishwasher – Adding borax to your dishwashing solution will not only leave your dishes sparking and spot-free, it will actually clean the inside of your dishwasher. It removes grime while disinfecting, leaving you with a clean load of dishes. Just sprinkle a cup or two of borax right onto the basin of your dishwasher, add the dishwashing soap as usual, and start the cycle as you would normally.
All Purpose Cleaner – Switch from Ajax or other powder cleaners for the all natural version called borax. In the bathroom, sprinkle it on a damp cleaning cloth and scrub your tile, faucets, shower, grout toilets and sinks. In the kitchen, use the same method to get your appliances and cookware gleaming.
Unclog Drains – If your drains could move faster, or if you have a completely plugged drain, you’ll want to know this trick. To naturally unclog a drain, pour half cup of borax down the clogged drain, followed by two cups of boiling water. Let this mixture stand for around 15 minutes, than wash it down with warm water.
Remove Rust – Rewind the clock and take off rust naturally with borax. First, mix borax and lemon juice together to form a thick paste, then apply the paste to a rusted area. Let it stand for 30 minutes, then give it a good scrub. You’ll be rust-free in no time.
Spot Treat and Clean Carpets – You’ll want to remember this trick the next time you spill on your carpets, or decide to steam clean the living room. To treat dirty carpet, sprinkle borax over the area, let it sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum it up. For steam cleaning, be sure to mix in half a cup of borax for each gallon of water to get a deeper clean.
Get Rid of Pests – Bugs that regularly groom themselves, such as ants, tick and silverfishes and cockroaches will become a fatal victim to the boron in borax. Sprinkle a small amount in problem areas to keep the pests at bay. For a clever trick, sprinkle a little borax on a baking sheet or wax paper and slide it under your refrigerator to keep the critters out.
Here are some more handy borax ideas to use around the home.
Cleaning with borax is not only very effective and green, it’s incredibly economical. You’ll get the results you’re looking for with just a small amount of the cleaner, and you’re able to use it in almost every room of your home. Before shelling out more money for different cleaners, invest in borax to get the job done.