Before detailing what borax is and what it is used for, if you have already seen our Green Cleaning Guide, you will know that our house can only be cleaned practically with lemon, baking soda and vinegar.
But if you want to take cleaning to another level, it’s an essential ingredient in our arsenal of natural cleaning products.
Before I continue though, I want to take a second to comment on what borax is, what it’s used for, if it’s really toxic, and all about the safety of using it.
What is borax and what is it used for?
Borax is a colorless natural mineral, also known as sodium borate or boron salt.
Borax serves and is commonly used in detergents, disinfectants, fabric softeners and soaps, in agriculture it is used as a pesticide and foliar fertilizer, and in jewelry, glass making, ceramics and enamels , among others. Here are some of the things borax is good for.
Is borax toxic? Is it safe?
For starters, unlike other cleansers, it does not cause cancer, does not accumulate in the body nor is it absorbed through the skin. And what is also very important is that in addition to not harming human health It is also not harmful to the environment.
People have been using this product for over 100 years to clean their homes and mainly to wash their clothes.
However, Boro salt or borax is mildly toxic, and some precautions should be taken. Homework avoid ingesting it at all costs. At the thematic level can irritate skin, eyes and respiratory tract. That is why we must have basic precautions, mainly the use of gloves to handle it.
It is very soluble and the doses for it to really affect us as toxic are very high, yes we are going to use it by spreading it in an area of the house. Be extremely careful when you have young children or pets, as it can be harmful to them.
Differences Between Borax and Baking Soda
I have seen that many people often confuse this product with baking soda, with each other, which can even be dangerous. Although they can be used for similar things such as cleaning or deodorizing, borax, as we said before, is toxic and should not be used in contact with the skin, gloves should be worn and never used internally, whereas bicarbonate in normal doses does not. It has no problem and can be used in cooking, can be drunk or used in our toothpaste.
Both are white powders, both contain sodium i.e. they are a salt, but as seen with one, care must be taken and each uses it for what it touches .
28 home uses of borax
1. Carpet cleaning
Borax is a fabulous cleanser. To use it in carpet cleaning, simply dilute 1/4 cup of salt in 3 liters of water.
2. Fruit trees
Sprinkle a cup of boron salt around fruit trees every 3-4 years to add boron, a trace mineral essential for proper cell wall growth and fruit and seed development.
Keep cockroaches, bedbugs, and ants away by sprinkling equal parts borax and sugar everywhere in your home you think they might enter.
4. Toilet bowl cleaner
Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl at night before you go to bed. In the morning, scrub the toilet well with the brush.
This product will loosen any dirt or buildup, making clean up a breeze!
5. Against fleas
Sprinkle boron salt on dog beds, carpets, and other places where you suspect fleas are breeding.
6. Mouse deterrent
Spray borax on the floor along the walls against the baseboards. Mice like to run along walls, but they don’t like putting this product on their feet, so they’re less likely to return to that part of the house.
7. Store flowers
Fresh flowers of many varieties can be preserved using borax. This removes moisture from the flowers and leaves, preventing the wilting that would normally occur.
Mix one part borax with two parts cornmeal and sprinkle the mixture in the bottom of a can.
Place your flower(s) in the box, then sprinkle more of the mixture on top. Cover the box and leave for 2 weeks to let the flowers dry out.
8. Violin string protector
If you play the violin or any instrument with a bow, you can clean the hair on the bow. Simply dampen an old toothbrush, dip it in borax, and gently scrub the hair from the bow in small sections.
Avoid getting water and cleaner on the wood. When you’re done, clean the bow hairs and rethread them.
9. The best homemade candles
If you make your own candles, treat the wicks by soaking them in a solution of salt and borax to help reduce ash and eliminate smoke issues.
10. Remove glue residue
Get rid of glue and glue residue. Simply mix borax and water in a 2 to 1 ratio, then rub the mixture into the residue.
11. Cleaning kitchen utensils
Borax is a mild, gentle cleanser. It is ideal for cleaning kitchen utensils such as porcelain and aluminum. To do this, simply sprinkle the pots and pans and rub with a damp cloth. Rinse thoroughly with water to prevent borax residue from remaining on the utensils.
12. Fridge Deodorizer
Wash the refrigerator with a sponge or soft cloth using a solution of 1 liter of lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of borax. Rinse with cold water.
13. Shower, tub and tile
Sprinkle borax on a damp sponge or soft cloth and use it as a powder cleaner. This can even be used on fiberglass surfaces without scratching the finish. Rinse thoroughly.
14. Remove rust
Remove rust by mixing a simple cleaning solution. Start with a tablespoon or two of borax, add 1 tablespoon juice or lemon juice and enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste with a sponge or scrub brush to your rusty items.
15. Cleaning humidifiers
To help keep your humidifier odor free, dissolve 1/4 cup of borax in two liters of water and add it to the reservoir.
Run the humidifier for 10-15 minutes, then empty the tank and rinse well with clean water.
16. Sink Cleaner
Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with a paste of 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or rag, rub the paste into the stain. Rinse with lukewarm water.
17. Outdoor furniture
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of borax and 1 liter of warm water in a spray bottle and use them to clean outdoor furniture.
18. Cat Litter Deodorizer
Minimize odor in your cat’s litter box by mixing a few tablespoons of borax into the litter box, stirring well to mix with the litter box.
19. Drain cleaner.
Clean and disinfect drains when they give off a bad smell by throwing in 3 tablespoons of borax. Leave for an hour and rinse with lukewarm water. It will also be used to unclog a slight obstruction in the pipes. For more serious jams, see the next point.
20. Unclog drains
To unclog drains with 1/2 cup borax followed by 2 cups boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run the water for a few minutes to flush out the borax and other debris.
21. Odor and Stain Free Mattress
Get rid of urine smell from a mattress. Wet the mattress, rub with borax with a damp cloth. Let it dry and vacuum up the rest of the residue. Also, incidentally, we eliminate dust mites.
22. Trash can deodorizer
Deodorize your trash can by filling it with borax and water. Leave to soak then rinse.
Sprinkle some borax on the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep bugs out and absorb any odor-causing moisture, especially in the summer.
23. Kill weeds (herbicide)
Use pure borax to kill weeds growing in cracks and concrete driveways. Important: Borax should not be used in the garden as it also kills plants.
24. Polish porcelain
Make your weathered porcelain shine again by soaking it in a sink filled with warm water and half a cup of borax. Rinse well and wash a second time as usual.
25. Clean brushes and combs
Mix 1/4 cup of borax and 1 tablespoon of dish soap in a bowl of warm water.
Rinse the brushes in the foamy water, let them soak and rinse them thoroughly with water. Let the brushes air dry completely.
26. Mold Inhibitor
Make a thick paste of borax and water and spread it over the moldy area. Let the paste sit until dry, or at least overnight. Sweep dust and rinse area.
Other ways to eliminate mold: How to eliminate mold without toxic.
27. Make Clothing Flame Retardant
Many fire departments recommend a solution containing borax to make clothing more fire resistant.
Mix one cup of borax and 1/2 cup of boric acid in 1 gallon of water. If the item is washable, soak it in the solution after the final rinse and dry it. If garment cannot be washed, spray with solution and air dry.
This solution washes clothes and must be applied after each wash or dry cleaning to remain effective.
28. Collect Bedding
Remove mildew and stains from bedding by soaking it in 2 liters of water mixed with 2 cups of borax. Let the leaves sit for a few hours, then rinse well.
And these are just a few of the uses for this powerful cleanser. If you know of any others, please comment below and if you have any doubts too. Ohhh and don’t forget to share the article!