Borax is most known as a famous laundry booster called Twenty Mule Team Borax. It brightens laundry, deodorizes and removes stains, but it also has other unexpected uses.
Borax in the Kitchen – Some sinks and counter tops are easily scratched by using abrasive cleansers. Using Borax removes grim without scratching. Dissolve ½ cup borax in a gallon of hot water and wipe down sinks, counters, the microwave, refrigerator, stove and any other appliances. You can also use this mixture on dishes, pots and pans. If you run out of dishwasher detergent, use borax. You can boost cleaning in the dishwasher and avoid spots by sprinkling ¼ cup of Borax in the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it. Sprinkle Borax down the garbage disposal and run it so it smells fresh and clean.
Borax in the Bathroom – Scrub the bath, shower and skink with the same solution you made for the kitchen. It works on porcelain, tile and fiberglass and gets rid of scum and hard water deposits. Pour ¼ cup Borax in the toilet, swish and flush to get rid of bacteria and any disagreeable odors.
Borax and Pests – Cockroaches and ants are terminated with Borax. Mix equal parts sugar with Borax and scatter it on countertops near the walls, in drawers, and around the baseboards. Sugar attracts the bugs. They get it on their legs, lick it off and the Borax kills them. Ants even take it to their nest and share it with the whole community, so it can get rid of your ant problem for a whole season. Keep this mixture away from pets and children. To get rid of fleas, sprinkle Borax on the carpet and leave it there for about ½ hour. Mice do not like Borax either so put it where ever they might be coming into the house.
Preserving Flowers – Borax is a desiccant, which means it takes the moisture out of things and dries them. You can cut fresh flowers from the stem and preserve the flower heads with Borax. Place the flower heads in a plastic shoe box and make a mixture of 2 parts Borax with 1 part white sand. Pour this carefully over the flower heads making sure you don’t crush them. Put the top on securely and let it sit for about seven days to two weeks. Carefully pour out some of the mixture to find the flowers and carefully pull them out. Remove any of the mixture on the flowers with an artist’s paint brush. The flowers should be dry and brittle but retain their form and color.
Other Uses – Rusty pots and pans can sparkle again by rubbing them in a paste made of 1 cup Borax mixed with 2 cups warm water and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply and let sit 15 to 20 minutes, rinse and scrub. Plumbing clogs will melt away when you pour ½ cup Borax down the drain followed with about 2 to 3 cups boiled water. Rejuvenate old china by soaking them in a sink of warm water with ½ cup Borax added. The yellow dinginess will disappear like magic.
Borax is found in the laundry aisle of the supermarket or discount store. Don’t forget to add it to your laundry to brighten colors, whiten whites and make everything smell fresh and clean.
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