Table of Contents
- 1 The Many Uses Of Borax
- 2 #1 – Boost Your Dishwashing Detergent
- 3 #2 Get Rid Of Pesky Ants
- 4 #3 Make Homemade Slime
- 5 #4 – Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 6 # 5 – Kill Fleas
- 7 # 6 – Kill Weeds
- 8 # 7 – Stain Removal
- 9 #8 – Scrub Dirty Pots and Pans
- 10 #9 – All Purpose Cleaner
- 11 #10 – Boost Potency of Laundry Detergent
The Many Uses Of Borax
They say Borax is for laundry but we know that Borax can do almost anything and today we are going to share with you ten 20 Mule Team Borax uses.
#1 – Boost Your Dishwashing Detergent
- Borax – 1 cup
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda) – 1 cup
- Kosher Salt -1/2 cup
- Citric Acid 1/4 cup
- Food Processor (optional) -This food processor should be devoted only to making detergent and soaps.
Place the above items in your food processor, turn on the power and mix all ingredients together. Using a food processor helps to plow through caking which often occurs with Borax. Store your final product in a plastic container with a lid or glass pint jars.
Most dishwashers have two compartments and you want to place a tablespoon of your detergent in each compartment and no more.
The washing soda is great for eliminating odor and cutting into grease. The Kosher salt is good for scouring. Finally, the Borax is a great disinfectant.
There’s some real value in making your own homemade dishwashing detergent because this stuff goes a long way.
If you want to make sure you get a nice rinse particularly on your glassware you can take 1/2 cup of vinegar and add it to the rinse component in your dishwasher.
#2 Get Rid Of Pesky Ants
- Borax – 6-8 spoons
- Hot water – enough boiling hot water to dissolve the solution so it can spray through the nozzle in your bottle
- Sugar – 6 teaspoons
- Honey – 2 teaspoons
- Cup (for mixing)
- Old spray bottle
Ants love sugar and honey so you need that to attract the ants. The beautiful thing about Borax is that it dissolves completely in water.
Once your solution has cooled you can pour it into your container. Spray your Borax mix on the ant trails and the ants will eat it up and die.
How does the Borax kill the ants? The ants digest it, it builds up a gas inside of them and they explode. Try to leave a pool of the mix wherever the ants are and they will find it, drink it all up and die.
Try to repeat the spraying over several days to achieve maximum results. Your Borax mix will last for several weeks in your spray bottle. Hopefully, they take some of your Borax mix back to their nest as well.
This Borax mix can make animals and pets sick so be careful how you use it. Here’s a quick tip. Spray your mix inside of a bottle cap to create a reservoir that only the ants can get to. They will find it and eat it all up.
#3 Make Homemade Slime
If you have small kids you’re going to love this next use of Borax.
- Glue (white, clear or gel)
- Measuring cup and measuring spoon
- Mixing bowls and a spatula
- Glitter and critters or whatever you want to add into your slime
- Food coloring (optional)
Take one teaspoon of Borax and mix it with 1/3 cup of water in one of your mixing bowls.
While the Borax is dissolving you can make your glue solution. You need 1 cup of water and mix in an entire container of glue in a separate bowl. Clear glue will make clear slime, white glue will make an opaque slime and gel glue will make a cool translucent color.
Clear glue will make clear slime, white glue will make an opaque slime and gel glue will make a cool translucent color.
Now take both bowls and mix them together in a third bowl. The glue will start bonding to the Borax solution right away so you are going to need to stir it. You will soon notice a gooey, slimy texture forming.
Once all the water is absorbed it’s time to add all of your embellishments to give your slim some character. These things make great party favors and if you want colored slime all you need to do is add a few drops of food coloring into your mixture
To store your finished slime make sure you place it in an airtight container so it doesn’t dry out. A zip lock bag is perfect for storage.
#4 – Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Give your throne the royal treatment. Your toilet works hard for you so treat it with some love and respect.
Most toilet bowl cleaners contain harmful and health compromising chemicals you shouldn’t be exposed to such as ammonia, chlorine bleach, amodal hyde, triglycine and hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid is corrosive, irritating to the digestive tract and can cause kidney damage.
So here’s a more natural cleaning method.
- Borax 1/2 cup
- Baking soda – 1/2 cup
- Water – add enough water to get the consistency you desire.
- Tea tree oil (20 drops) – this oil is an antiseptic which means it’s antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial so it’s great for killing toilet germs.
- Spray or squeeze bottle.
Take your solution and spray it under the rim of your toilet and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then give your toilet a good scrub with a toilet brush. Presto, it’s clean and now the tedious task of toilet bowl cleaning is taken care of.
# 5 – Kill Fleas
First, you want to vacuum all of your floors and wash your pet beddings. Shake the Borax over the carpeted areas and use a light raking over the carpet.
What this does drives the Borax down into the fibers of your carpet where the Flea larva and actual fleas are living.
Once the pests pick up the Borax on their body as they move around it etches into their skin and dries them out. It’s like a desiccant.
It takes a little time to work but it is a very good treatment for getting rid of fleas and a safe product to use inside of your home.
# 6 – Kill Weeds
Sprinkle inside walks and along concrete where weeds have been sighted to prevent further growth. Do not use in your garden as this will also kill healthy plants.
# 7 – Stain Removal
- Warm water
Fill your bucket with warm water and add 1 tablespoon of Borax. Add 1 tbsp of Borax per 1 gallon of water that you use. Mix well.
Pre-soak the clothing item for at least 30 minutes or for tougher stains soak overnight. This will help loosen up the stain.
Add clothing item to laundry load, wash and dry. The stain will be gone.
#8 – Scrub Dirty Pots and Pans
Sprinkle Borax on your pots or pans and allow to soak for a few minutes. Scrub with a sponge and rinse well.
#9 – All Purpose Cleaner
This all-purpose cleaner will work well in your kitchen on the counter, sinks and it works well in the bathroom too. This cleans just about anything and it’s gentle and safe.
- Borax – 3 tablespoons
- Dishwashing soap (any brand you like) – 1/4 cup
- White Vinegar – 6 tablespoons
- Hot Water – 3 cups (pour slowly)
- Spray bottle
- Funnel (makes it easy to pour ingredients into your spray bottle)
Give the solution inside the bottle a gentle shake and allow it to cool down. This is an all-purpose cleaner that is very effective at cleaning just about anything around your household.
#10 – Boost Potency of Laundry Detergent
- Borax – 1 cup
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – 1 cup
- 1 bar soap (Fels Naptha which is known for it stain removal properties)
You need to grate the bar of soap using a cheese grater or you can use your cheese grater blade that comes with a food processor if you prefer.
The result will look like grated cheese which are still too big to put in your laundry so you can pulverize the soap in a blender until is looks like a dry powder.
One thing that everyone needs in their kitchen is a heavy duty blender so if you don’t have one you can usually buy one of these very inexpensively on Ebay.
Pour the soap into a plastic storage container and add the borax, and mix well. It takes about 2 tablespoons per load. Now you’re ready to wash.
If you love the smell of scented laundry then add a few drops of essential oils to your wash load.
Well, we hope a compelling enough case to you that Borax is definitely not boring.
There you have it, Ten 20 Mule Team Borax uses – what’s yours?