I always have a box of 20 Mule Team Borax in my laundry room. Did you know though that there are quite a great uses for Borax around the home, in addition to washing clothes? From killing pests to neutralizing odors, Borax is a useful thing to keep on hand.
My Top 10 Uses for Borax Around the Home
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner. We have a lot of iron in our water, which tends to lead to rust in our toilet if I don’t stay on top of scrubbing. Fortunately, I discovered awhile ago that one of the great household uses for Borax is that it makes a great toilet bowl cleaner. Simply sprinkle a cup of Borax powder in your toilet at night. In the morning, scrub it out. It helps loosen all the stains and rust so you don’t need as much elbow grease to have a sparkling bowl.
- Ant Killer. Did you know Borax is found in many commercial ant poisons? You can either sprinkle Borax near the areas where you see them coming into your home or you can use it to make ant traps. Simply mix a couple of tablespoons with honey, syrup, or jelly to make a paste. I set it around the house on yogurt lids where I see ants. The ants ingest the Borax and take it back to their nest, eventually killing the colony. With either method, you might want to use caution if you have crawling babies and toddlers in your home.
- Weed Killer. Do the weeds growing up in the cracks in your sidewalk drive you nuts? Sprinkle a little Borax and voila, no more weeds! Do keep it away from plants you want to keep alive though.
- Neutralize Pet Urine Odors in Carpet. Wet the spot, sprinkle with a little Borax and rub to make a paste. Allow to dry, then vacuum the residue.
- Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent. Use 1 tablespoon of Borax and 1 tablespoon of baking soda per load. If you use this recipe though, you will definitely want to make sure to use Jet Dry, or be ok with spots on your glasses.
- Clean Outdoor Chairs. We always forget and leave our lawn chairs out on the patio over the winter. No big deal, they are just the cheap plastic ones. Come spring though, they definitely need a good cleaning. Borax to the rescue! Make a cleaning spray by mixing 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon borax and 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle. It helps get rid of all that nasty mildew.
- Kill Fleas in Your Carpet. Just sprinkle Borax liberally around your carpet and then vacuum right away.
- Freshen the Litter Box. Mix a couple of tablespoons of Borax in with the cat litter to minimize odor.
- Remove Stubborn Stains from Stainless Steel Sinks. Make a paste with 1 cup Borax powder and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Apply liberally to the stain and scrub clean.
- Clean Your Garbage Disposal. Does your garbage disposal ever get stinky? Pour 1/4 cup Borax down the disposal and let it sit for an hour or two. Afterwards, run warm water down your disposal to flush away those odors.
In addition to the many uses for Borax around the home, it goes without saying that I use Borax frequently in my laundry room. If you have hard water, like we do, you know that it can definitely present some problems with getting your laundry clean. Borax can act as a laundry booster, naturally softening your hard water.
I also use Borax to make my own laundry detergent. In addition, it makes a great stain removing paste when you mix it with a little warm water.
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So tell me…. Do you have any other uses for Borax around the home? If you use it for something I haven’t mentioned above, be sure to leave a comment below.