Last Updated on March 31, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt
Many families know Borax for its laundry capabilities, but it has so much more potential than that. Borax can be an incredibly versatile cleaning mineral, and it can help you in nearly every aspect of home care.
I’ve put together a list of 10 Borax cleaning hacks everyone can use. Why store dozens of cleaning products when you can do so much with just one or two?
Borax Cleaning Hacks
Borax can be used to help you clean all sorts of household objects and surfaces. It can help whiten surfaces, and even deodorize garbage cans. Following are all sorts of great tips and tricks you will be surprised to learn.
What Is Borax?
Before we can get into the nitty gritty of cleaning with Borax, many will want to know what exactly Borax is. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that is powdery in nature. It is mainly collected from evaporite deposits.
These deposits are caused by the evaporation of seasonal lakes. It is typically known for its usefulness as a primary ingredient in laundry and other cleaning products. Borax is sold in boxes as simply Borax Powder, which is all you will need for these great cleaning tips.
Cleaning Out Drains
If there is a drain in your home giving you trouble, look no further than Borax. Simply pour about a half cup of Borax into the drain, and then squeeze in some lemon juice.
Let the drain sit for a few minutes before pouring about a quart of boiling water down the drain. Leave it sit for about fifteen minutes before running regular tap water down the drain to clear it out. Just like that your drain is free and clear of most debris.
Clean Tile Grout
Tile grout can become a huge eyesore over time, and it becomes very difficult to clean once it has built up. However, there is an easy way to eliminate tile grout. Simply mix together equal parts Borax, baking soda, and water into a container.
From there, apply the solution to the grout with a toothbrush, or other small brush and let sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Finally, simply mop or scrub the dirt away and watch how easy it is to make your tiles look brand new.
Easy Homemade Deodorizer
Certain smells can be tough to eliminate, but with Borax deodorizing the home is super simple. Simply mix one part Borax and two parts warm water into a spray bottle for an easy way to deodorize your home.
This spray can be used in all sorts of places. For example, consider using it on your mattress to eliminate the odor caused by the absorption of sweat.
You can even use it to quickly deodorize the toilet or the trash can. This solution is perfect for freshening up the house before guests come over, and it is easy to make several bottles to keep in different areas of the home.
Easy At Home Glass Cleaner
Like the deodorizing spray, it is also easy to use Borax to make a glass cleaning spray. Simply add one tablespoon of Borax to a spray bottle of warm water. Spray it onto glass such as tables and windows and wipe them down with a microfiber, glass safe cloth.
This solution will leave the glass wares of your home shining. What’s more, you can even use this solution to clean and shine china such as cups and dishes.
Cleaning the toilet can be a pain, but with Borax it doesn’t have to be. Simply add one cup of Borax and one half cup of vinegar to your toilet and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, simply scrub the toilet before flushing.
Borax will help clean your toilet and having it look its best, and it will also help to deodorize it leaving your bathroom smelling great!
Homemade Carpet Cleaner
Over time, your carpets can lose their luster due to heavy foot traffic as well as spills and stains. You can use Borax to freshen up your carpets and have your floors looking great.
To start, simply make a paste of Borax by adding a cup of borax and a few splashes of water into a bowl and mixing. From there, use a sponge to dot stains on your carpet with the paste.
Let the solution soak for around twenty minutes before wiping away with cold water, and watch as your carpets start to look brand new!
Keep The Litterbox Odor At Bay
A simple trick but an effective one, you can add a few tablespoons of Borax into your kitties litter box to keep it smelling fresh. This is super easy to do and can be done at any time.
Wipe Down Mattresses
Cleaning mattresses is nobody’s favorite chore, but Borax makes it a breeze. Simply sprinkle some Borax over the mattress before wiping it down with a damp cloth.
The Borax helps to clean the mattress aesthetically while digging into it and removing dirt, sweat, and dead skin cells thus making for a more hygenic sleep.
Remove Writing From Walls
If you have little ones in your home, they have probably tried, or succeeded, at writing on the walls. Borax can help take a variety of markings off the walls including crayon.
Simply add one tablespoon of Borax to one cup of warm water and wet a rag with the solution. From there, simply scrub the walls and watch as the markings disappear.
Rust can be easily removed by applying a water/Borax paste to the rusty area and allow it to sit for about fifteen minutes
Then, simply scrub the rusty area with a sponge or brush and rinse it off once you have all of the rust off of it.
As you can see, Borax can be used for a lot more than just laundry. Borax is truly a homemaker’s best friend due to its incredible versatility. It can be used to clean in so many areas of the home, and at a great price.
With the tips on this list you can start making use of Borax to tackle tough jobs and keep your home clean like a pro.
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