Household cleaning is never simple or easy. At least, not until now. While Borax is by no means a new product, it is making somewhat of a comeback in the world of home cleaning and crafts and we couldn’t be happier about it! The product is not only budget-friendly, but it has so many other uses not many know about. For this reason, we decided to do some research and find all the new and innovative ways good old Borax can be used around the house to make life easier in general. You’ll be thanking us by the end of this list.
Save String Instruments
This one is for all you musicians out there with string instruments who want a quick tip that will save you both time and money. As you probably know, rosin builds up on string instruments fast than it breaks down, causing the strings to become brittle or shred or even break. To remedy that, clear up rosin on your strings by using a damp toothbrush dipped into borax. Scrub the strings gently before wiping them down and applying rosin again.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
You don’t have to shell out a lot of money on expensive cleaning products to get the best results. For this DIY multi-purpose cleaner, all you’ll need is 2 teaspoons of borax, 4 cups of hot water, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 4 tablespoons of vinegar. First, dissolve the borax in the hot water, then add the dish soap and vinegar and mix everything together before pouring it into a spray bottle. You can use this solution to clean anything from countertops to appliances and even windows.
Unclog The Drain
It’s no secret that no one likes dealing with clogged drains. To solve this problem, grab your trusty borax! Use 1/2 cup of borax and pour it in the drain, followed by a tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow this mixture to sit for 15 minutes before running the water for several minutes to flush it all out. Just like magic, the clog is gone! The reason this works is because the borax reacts with the dirt in the drain, loosening it. Lemon acts as a disinfectant on top of the borax.
Get Rid Of Mold Or Mildew
Whether it’s in the bathroom or anywhere else in the house, mold is never a good thing. Aside from looking bad, it’s a health hazard as well! Don’t worry, though, there is a simple way to clean it up. Of course, it involves our beloved borax. Make a solution with 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1 cup of warm water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray it all over the mold or mildew, until the area is sufficiently covered. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before wiping the area with a damp rag. To prevent more mildew from appearing, spray the area and simply allow it to dry.
Clean And Deodorize Your Carpet
It can be a challenge to clean carpets, especially when they’re thick and shaggy. To get a better result and really deep-clean your carpet, mix 1/2 cup of borax to every gallon of water you use when steaming or cleaning your carpet. After the carpet dries, vacuum it as usual. If you want to use borax as a carpet stain remover, mix 4 tablespoons of borax with 1 cup of warm water. Dip a sponge or a clean cloth in the solution before dabbing it onto the stain. Allow it to sit for 25-30 minutes and then vacuum the area.
Refresh Your Fridge
We’ve all experienced the terrible smell that develops in a dirty fridge over time. Whether it’s caused by spilled food or something else, it’s not enjoyable whatsoever. To get rid of the smell while also cleaning the fridge, take 4-5 cups of warm water and add 1/2 tablespoon of borax to it. Stir the solution so the borax dissolves into the water completely. Dip a clean cloth or sponge in the solution and wipe down the shelves of the fridge. It will remove any dried up spills or stains easily, getting rid of the smell in the process.
Gardening in itself is not easy, let alone when you have to deal with invading weeds that seemingly won’t die no matter what you do. Lucky for you, there’s a solution for that. Combine a cup of borax with 2 gallons of water and pour the mix into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture into the weeds – just make sure to avoid any plants you don’t want to kill while doing so. If you have weeds springing up in your walkways, sprinkle them with some borax to kill them.
Get Rid Of Rust
Borax reacts against rust, which makes it a great product to remove rust from anything like pans, pots to appliances, and tools. Mix 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup of borax. Apply the mixture to the rusted area before letting it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off and scrub the rust away with a dish sponge. If the rust persists, use a steel sponge to scrub it off. It should come off easily after that.
Remove Pencil And Crayon Marks From The Walls
Whoever has kids will know the struggle of trying to clean off pencil or crayon marks from the walls. It seems like an endless, pointless task at times. However, there is an effective solution to this problem now – borax, of course. Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 1 cup of warm water. Apply it to the wall and wipe away all the marks and drawings your kid drew on the wall. It really is that easy, believe us.
Insects can pose a problem in many households. Whether the problem is ants, cockroaches, or any other bugs, borax will make an excellent pesticide. Just be mindful if you have kids or pets – it cannot be ingested. Mix equal parts of borax and sugar. Sprinkle the mixture in corners or anywhere bugs are popping up, like behind furniture. The sugar will act as bait and draw in all the insects. Then, the borax will do its job.
Get Rid Of Glue From Stickers
If you happen to have kids, then you know all about the struggle of removing stickers from just about every surface in the house. The sticky messes often tend to leave you frustrated, that’s for sure. Well, make your own clean-up goo with some borax to get rid of sticky residue anywhere! Mix together borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Rub this mixture onto the residue you want to remove and watch it come off easily! For tougher residue, scrub the area gently to clean it properly.
Clean Pots And Pans
At times, it can be really difficult getting a pot or pan completely clean. You might even end up leaving it to soak for hours in the hopes that doing so will help. Well, you probably know that it doesn’t really work for the most part. The good news is that there is a simple solution. All you need to do is rub a cup of borax all over the wet pot or pan. The powder and water will make a paste. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping it clean.
A Laundry Booster
If you find that your detergent is too rough or not strong enough, you might be in need of a booster to contain it and prevent burns on your fabrics while getting cleaned. Regular boosters might not be the best choice. Instead, add a cup of borax to a load of laundry to really make those whites clean again. Not to mention, it works great for bright colors as well. What it does is boost the power of the detergent you use, giving your clothes a deeper clean.
Deep Clean Your Grout
One area that is extremely hard to get clean is the grout between tiles. It’s frustrating because it makes a huge difference in the appearance of a room. Luckily, there is a powerful solution that will help fix the problem. Mix equal parts borax, baking soda, and water. Use a toothbrush to apply it to the areas between the tiles before letting it sit for 20 minutes. Scrubbing after will be as easy as can be. Just make sure to rinse the area with fresh water after scrubbing.
Remove Hard Water Stains
If you live in a place with hard water and don’t have a filter, you most likely have plenty of buildup around your faucet and sinks. Don’t bother purchasing a whole new sink. Instead, use borax to remove any hard water stains from the sink. Create a mixture of 1 tablespoon of borax and lemon juice. Apply the mixture to the sink and scrub lightly before rinsing it all off. Like magic, your sink will look shiny and new!
Clean Your Oven
With time, your oven will get dirty with old food residue, it’s a given. However, getting it off can be quite the challenge – up until now, that is. Use some warm water and borax to make a paste. Wipe down the inside of your oven with the paste to shorten the cleaning process. Once you’ve done that, use fresh cool water and wipe down the same areas. Allow the oven to dry with the door open for a few minutes. Doing this will also get rid of any stubborn odors!
Clean Your Brushes And Combs
Cleaning brushes and combs can be a pain. It’s so difficult getting in between the teeth and bristles. One way to clean them thoroughly is by creating a mixture of one part borax and one part warm water. Soak the brushes and combs in the solution and leave them there for 45 minutes, occasionally swishing the water to loosen the dirt. The borax is going to break down the build-up and make it easy to remove. Once you’ve done this, tease the brush or comb to get the rest of the dirt out before rinsing it with warm water. Then, leave it somewhere to dry.