Borax is being actively used as an ingredient for cleaning various stuff. It has a wide variety of uses around the house. So borax is something which is very useful for you and can make your cleaning chores very easy to accomplish. If you don’t know what is borax, first let me introduce it to you. The chemical or laboratory name for borax is sodium borate.
Though the name is of no use to you there is no harm in knowing it. It is quite cheap and you can easily get it in most grocery stores or just quickly buy one . A point to be noted is that borax and boric acid are two different things even though they are somewhat identical. Borax is sodium borate as mentioned earlier and boric acid is hydrogen borate. So, make sure you get borax and not boric acid.
Let’s have a look at the various amazing uses of borax and start implementing them from today itself!
1. UNCLOG THE DRAIN
A clogged drain is a big headache as it’s not that easy to unclog the clogged drains. But, here is a simple method I found to unclog it using borax and it works well.
Empty ½ cup of borax in the drain and then empty one tablespoon lemon juice over it. After 2 minutes, pour around 1 quartz of boiling water. Leave it that way for around 15 minutes and then run tap water to clean it up.
The borax reacts with the gunk and dirt which clogs up the drain and loosens it. Hot water further loosens it and carries it away. Lemon adds up to the disinfecting process of borax. Also, these two make the sink the sink smell much better after the cleaning process has finished.
So this is a very cheap and one of the easiest option to help you in dealing with a clogged drain.
2. CLEAN THE DIRTY MOLD OR MILDEW
A mold infestation can ruin the home so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible. And borax is perfect to get rid of that dirty mold as it is a natural mold inhibitor.
Firstly, brush off as much excess mold as possible with a soft bristled brush. Now, make a solution of ½ cup borax, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Fill it in an empty spray bottle and spray it on the mold and mildew until the area gets sufficiently wet. Leave the surface to dry completely.
3. SHINE YOUR OLD CHINA DISH SET
You can give your china dishes a new look using borax. Borax will remove the dullness and dirt and make the dishes shiny again. To do a renovation of your dishes, soak them in the sink or some vessel filled with warm water and ½ cup of borax. Leave it for at least 30 minutes. Remove it and then wash as usual. Your dishes will regain their former glory.
Note: Don’t scrub the dishes as it may cause scratches. Just leave and allow them to soak in water as borax knows its work very well.
4. GROUT CLEANER
You can easily clean grout using borax. All you need to do is make a paste of 1 part borax, to 2 part baking soda and then add enough vinegar to create a thick paste. Apply this to grout using a soft brush and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Once done, just rinse it off and if possible, scrub lightly using a microfiber cloth for a better clean.
5. MAKE AN ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
Since borax has cleaning properties, it can work great as an all-purpose cleaner. All you need to do is to mix 3 Tbsp of borax and 1 cup of Vinegar with 3 cups of warm water to make an all-purpose cleaner.
Both borax and vinegar are amazing cleaners and the mixture will clean the kitchens, stove, countertops, tables, and many other surfaces of the house where you need better cleaning.
6. EFFECTIVE AGAINST RUST (ON PANS, APPLIANCES, TILES, OR ALMOST ANYTHING)
Rust and borax do not share a good bond. Borax is reactive against rust and removes it. So you can use borax to remove rust from your pans, metals, appliances, tiles or almost any other thing which has caught rust.
Mix 1 cup of warm water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 cup of borax. A thick paste will be formed. Apply it on the rusted area and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then scrub away the rust with a dish sponge or in case of a stubborn rust use steel sponge. It will get off very easily.
7. CLEAN BRUSHES AND COMBS EASILY
Do you clean your brushes and combs the difficult way, scrubbing it away using some detergent? Why go the hard way when it is actually very easy to clean your brushes and combs filled with dirt, and massive tangles of hair.
Just fill a mug or some container with warm water and add 2 Tbsp of borax and some dish soap to it. Put in the brushes and combs to be cleaned and wet them properly by shaking them and stirring them. Leave it to soak for at least 30-45 minutes. Then rinse. Your combs and brushes are shiny clean without scrubbing.
8. CLEANING THE FRIDGE
Borax is a multi-purpose cleaner. It can be used for cleaning many things and one of them is the refrigerator.
Take 4-5 cups of warm water and add ½ Tbsp borax to it. Stir the solution so that borax gets dissolved in the water properly. Dip a clean cloth or sponge in this solution and wipe the shelves of the fridge. It removes any dried up food stain or any leftovers easily.
So whether you want to clean the spilled food in the refrigerator or just give it a good clean, this solution is worth trying. Another benefit of using borax is that it is a natural disinfectant. After cleaning the fridge, you would want to organize your fridge as well.
9. REMOVE PENCIL AND CRAYON MARKS FROM WALL
So, your kid got creative on the wall again? Don’t worry, you can easily get back the old shine of your wall. All you need to do is to just mix 1 Tbsp borax with a cup of warm water and apply it on the wall to remove pencil and crayon marks.
Note: Before using it on the stain, make sure that the paint doesn’t come off by testing it on some region of the wall.
10. GIVE YOUR SINK A STAINLESS SHINE
After reading so many hacks, you must have got a good idea of the efficiency of borax in cleaning. So wouldn’t it be very efficient in cleaning sink as well? Try it out yourself.
Make a borax paste by mixing 2 Tbsp of lemon juice in ½ a cup of borax. Scrub the stains on the sink using a cloth or sponge dipped in this paste. Rinse with warm water and get a clean shining stainless sink in no time.
11. USE BORAX TO CLEAN THE WINDOWS
Borax is so amazing. Along with other household stuff, it is also a successful window cleaner.
Mix 1 Tbsp borax in a cup full of warm water. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray on the windows. Wipe it with a microfiber cloth on a rag. You can also clean and wipe the windows with a rag or sponge dipped in this solution. Repeat the process with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Wipe it dry and you will have clean windows in no time.
12. CLEANING THE TOILETS
Cleaning the toilet is a headache. Isn’t it? But you will be surprised to know that borax can easily clean the toilet and act as a medicine to this headache. All you need to do is to empty one cup of borax in the pot and add ½ cup of vinegar to it. Let the solution do its work overnight. Then, scrub the toilet and flush!
Borax acts on the grime and the dirt accumulated in the toilet. It deals with all of the dirt layers and yellowishness accumulated. Vinegar assists borax in the cleaning process and improves its efficiency. The act of borax of loosening the grime becomes more vigorous and better with the action of vinegar.
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13. CLEAN SHOWERS AND TUBS
Take some borax in a damp cloth and scrub it on the tubs and showers. Rinse them with clean water.
To clean the interior of a shower, Make a solution by mixing 2-3 Tbsp borax in 4-5 cups of water. Fill it in a polythene bag and tie it around the shower such that it remains submerged in the solution. Leave it for around an hour and then switch on the shower to rinse it. If you need a clean bathroom, these bathroom cleaning hacks will make cleaning easy.
14. CARPET STAIN REMOVER
If your expensive carpet is attacked by stain, no need to worry. Use Borax- the stain remover.
Mix 4 Tbsp borax with 1 cup warm water. Dip a sponge or clean cloth in the solution and dab it on the stain. Leave the stain in that condition for 25-30 minutes. Then vacuum that area to clean the residue and allow it to dry.
15. MAKE A FLOOR CLEANER
Most floor cleaners are loaded with chemicals which are hazardous for health. Thankfully, there are so many natural alternative cleaners available. Borax is one of them and can make a great natural floor cleaner for your home.