There are a lot of cleaning chemicals on the store shelves designed to do everything from toilet bowl cleansing to clearing drain pipes. Most of them are so specialized that you have to keep eight or nine different products on hand just to keep your house clean. And most are fairly toxic. And almost all of them cost too much.
Which is why we like to keep just a few really versatile, very inexpensive staples around the house. Things like distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and borax can handle pretty much every household chore, and they are safe for you and your family. Heck, two of them are cooking ingredients. Lets chock out Borax, and see what amazing things you can do with this cheap household item.
Nobody likes a slow drain, and it will eventually lead to a mess and costly clog. Try pouring one half cup of borax down the tubes using a funnel. Then slowly add two cups of boiling water and let stand for about ten minutes before flushing with hot water. Repeat as needed, and your bathtub will always drain nicely.
Perhaps the single most disgusting surface in the house? The toilet bowl, clearly. Let’s not even talk about what all goes down that tube. Next time you want to clean your toilet, just dump a cup of borax into the toilet bowl before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning, a quick scrub with the toilet brush will make easy work of those unsightly rings and make your toilet bowl clean as it was the day you bought it.
One of the best uses for borax is as a bug killer. Take a piece of wax paper and make a mixture of borax and sugar. Then you slide the wax paper under a fridge, into a cupboard, or basically anywhere you want to stop bugs. They will eat the mixture and die. And if you have ant problems, you can just lightly sprinkle some around windows and doors where they are coming in and they will go away.
Speaking of killing things, if you have a mold problem in your bathroom, try this solution. Just mix borax with a bit of water to create a thick paste. Apply this paste to moldy areas and let it set overnight. The next morning, brush away the powder and rinse. No scrubbing necessary!
Another easy solution in the kitchen using Borax is to restore your bummed out cookware to sparkling clean. Simply pour a bit of borax into the pan, let it soak for about 10 minutes, then wipe away with a soft rag. Wash well with soap and water to finish the job. Couldn’t be any easier, right?
Borax is also great in the laundry room. If you have delicates like bras that just do not stand up well in a washing machine, try this gentler approach: Mix two tablespoons of laundry detergent, 1/4 cup of borax and very warm water in a tub or sink. Mix well, and soak your undergarments for about 30 minutes, rinse and hang dry. And now you will extend the life of those unmentionables.
Do you have any other uses for Borax? What other simple cleaning products do you keep around the house? Share them with us here.