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How to Tips for Cleaning using Borax

By Edited Dec 17, 2015 3 10

Household cleaning tips

Why waste money on all the water diluted cleaning products when Borax can do a lot of these jobs for a lot less money spent. Borax not only cleans it deodorizes. It is also great to use as a disinfectant. Borax can be found in the laundry section in your local supermarkets

Borax is a non-toxic cleaning alternative to using many other chemicals.

There is a recipe for the kids at the bottom of this article, although you need to warn your children not to eat it. Here are several ideas where you can use borax in your home and save money at the same time.

Uses for Borax

Cleaning Oil off Concrete Driveways –Use a mixture of five tablespoons of Borax in a bucket of hot water. Pour over affected areas, leave on for awhile wash off or if you have a pressure cleaner wash off with this. Pressure cleaners will remove almost anything even your foot if you put it in the way.

Tea and Coffee stains – As soon as coffee spilt, sprinkle Borax on the stain, then rinse in hot water

Washing clothes-Add 1 tablespoon of Borax to each wash load, this will help keep white and colors cleaner

Cleaning tiles, sinks, bath and stove – Wash in a mixture of one dessertspoon borax in 2 liters of hot water, or for stubborn stains sprinkle borax on damp cloth rub around dirty area and rinse off.

Deter ants – Mix equal quantities of Borax and sugar and sprinkle around where you see ants.

Deter Cockroaches- Same as ants. Sugar attracts insects; the borax damages their digestive system and kills them.

Remove mildew- Dissolve 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup vinegar in warm water. Apply with sponge or spray bottle.

Cleaning Windows – Mix 2 tablespoons of borax with 3 cups of water then wash and rinse off.

Cat litter tray- Empty the dirty tray and rinse. Sprinkle a little borax onto bottom of tray and then add enough water to cover bottom, add a drop of mint essence or one of your choice. Scrub out and dry ready to reuse.

Remove cat urine odor – Mix a solution of borax, white vinegar and water. Sprinkle onto affected area. Then rinse of and leave to dry

Clean toilet bowl – Sprinkle borax into the bowl, scrub with toilet brush, and leave for a minute then flush.

BORAX RECIPIES

Slime Recipe

This is a great simple Recipe for kids to make and enjoy playing with. Make sure the children do not eat this.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Borax powder

4 oz glue

Water

Bowl and teaspoon

Food coloring

Measuring cup

Large Jar

Method:

Pour the glue into a large jar. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir. Add the food color and stir.

In the bowl mix one cup of water with one teaspoon of Borax. Slowly stir in the glue mixture into the bowl of borax mixture.

Mix the slime with your hands, kneading it until it feels dry. Discard left over water in bowl.

Make your own hand exercise Ball with Borax

My husband made one of these years ago, and I have just found the recipe again.

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup Elmer's or similar glue

Food color of your choice

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons Borax

Method

Mix the firs 1/2 cup of water with the Elmer's glue, then add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring. In a separate container mix the Borax with the other 1/2 cup of water. Now add the borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir well. Roll the mixture into a ball and store in a plastic bag or airtight container so it will not dry out. You can also have a bit of fun bouncing this little ball.

Borax is great to put in your linen cupboards, wardrobes, and other dark damp areas, as it will help to absorb moisture, reducing the risk of mold from forming in these places.

In case you do not understand the risks involved with mold then please feel free to read these articles and see how to prevent damp and mold and the article on symptoms of mold.

It may help you realize how many people are suffering illnesses from this danger that could be lurking in your household.

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Comments

Feb 17, 2010 5:58am
JHKersey
Great article on how to use Borax.
Feb 17, 2010 7:05am
eileen
Thanks for stopping by
Feb 20, 2010 6:19am
ethelsmith
My mum used this. Thanks for the reminder. Great advice
Feb 20, 2010 8:25am
eileen
ethel, think nothing of it.
Feb 22, 2010 7:59am
fishtiger58
excellent article I didn't know about borax.
Mar 1, 2010 10:23am
eileen
fish tiger, sorry I missed your comment somehow. thanks for that.
Feb 23, 2010 9:09am
Sonni57
Sounds like I need some Borax I'll check it out thanks for the great cleaning tips.
Feb 23, 2010 7:39pm
eileen
sonni57, Its a lot cheaper, than shop bought articles
Feb 24, 2010 3:15pm
jcmayer777
I've used it for a lot of cleaning, but the oil on concrete was new to me. Makes sense, since it works so well on everything else. Once the snow melts, I'll have plenty of stains to test it out on!
Feb 25, 2010 6:22am
eileen
jcmayer, yes we have to get with it on our driveway too. Been too busy renovating home as want to sell it. Thanks
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