Household Uses For Borax

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Borax is one of those things that I have heard a lot about, but I've never really had any personal experience with it. It's a common ingredient for making homemade bubbles, but this mixture of sodium, water, oxygen, and boron can actually do a whole lot around the house! Here are some ways to use borax around your house that you may not have thought of.

Clean Toilet

Skip the bleach and simply pour a cup of borax into your toilet instead. Let it sit overnight, then scrub with the toilet brush in the morning for a sparkling clean bowl.

Clean Cookware

You can also pour borax onto dirty pans and let it soak on for about half an hour before wiping off clean. Rinse with water and soap to finish the job.

Banish Bugs

Bugs in the kitchen are absolutely gross. Get rid of them by putting a mixture of borax and powdered sugar onto wax paper and then sliding it under the fridge (or any other problem area). Be sure to change out the mixture every few days to get rid of any accumulation of dead bugs.

Destroy Mold

Mix borax with a bit of water to form a thick paste. Apply this to the affected area and let sit overnight. In the morning, brush away the powder and rinse the area clean. No scrubbing required!

Wash Delicates

If your delicate undergarments are getting chewed up in the washing machine, try this. Mix two tablespoons of your favorite laundry detergent with 1/4 cup of borax and some very warm water. Soak your clothes in this for 30 minutes, then rinse and hang dry. 

Fertilize Plants

Boron is an important nutrient in soil, and using borax in the yard can help boost its levels. Just be careful not to apply too much, as it can also be harmful in the wrong concentrations.

Make Candle Wicks

If you need to make some candle wicks in a pinch, mix one teaspoon of salt with three tablespoons of borax and one full cup of boiling water. Soak a long piece of twine in this mixture for 24 hours, then let it dry for another two days. 

Unclog A Drain

If you've got a slow drain, try borax before reaching for the Liquid Plumr. Pour 1/2 cup borax down the drain (use a funnel), then slowly add two cups of boiling water to the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Flush with hot water afterward, and repeat if necessary.

To learn more about how to use borax around the home, check out the video below.

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