Borax is one of those ingredients that kind of come and go and not everyone knows exactly what it is. The substance is a combination of oxygen, sodium, water, and boron and believe it or not there are a whole lot of things that it can be used for. The inexpensive, natural ingredient offers a variety of different uses that are sure to come in handy in your home on a daily basis.
Read on for some creative uses for the formula…
Fertilize plants: Using a very small amount of borax on your plants will not only help them grow but it will help them thrive. Just be careful and don’t use too much as it will have the opposite effect.
Kill pesky bugs: We’ve all dealt with annoying bugs at one time or another. Sometimes it’s hard to rid them for good, but this is where borax comes in. Simply mix powdered sugar with borax on a piece of wax paper. Then, slip the paper under the fridge or wherever else the bugs are bothersome. Check on the mixture every few days and discard the dead bugs.
Make candle wicks: If you’re one of those people who like DIY projects, then borax is the ingredient for you. Combine 3 tablespoons of borax, 1 cup of boiling water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Then, soak a long string of twine in the mixture for 24 hours and let it dry for two days. You’ll have your very own wicks in no time.
Cleaning the toilet: Pour a cup of borax in your toilet and let it set overnight. Scrub it with a toilet brush the next day and soon the throne will be sparkling. No need for bleach when you have borax.
Rid your home of mold: Create a thick paste by mixing a bit of water with borax. Apply this paste to the areas in your home that are riddled with mold and let it sit over night. Brush away the powder the next morning and rinse it to reveal a clean looking mold-free tub.
Clean those undergarments: We all know that washing machines can be killer on bras. Instead of damaging your pricey undergarments, try a borax ingredient instead. Mix 1/4 cup of borax, laundry detergent, and very warm water. After mixing the ingredients well, simply let the undergarments soak for about 30 minutes, rinse and hang dry. Your bras will be as good as new and you won’t run the risk of tears from the washer and dryer.
Unclog drains: Everyone faces a clogged drain at one point or another. Pour a 1/2 cup of borax into a funnel and down the drain. Gradually, add two cups of boiling water to drain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Following this, you can flush with hot water periodically. Feel free to repeat the flush several times.
Clean your pans: Over time, pots and pans have a tendency to lose their sparkling look. You can revive your pans by letting them soak in borax for about 10 minutes. Then, simply wipe away the leftover ingredients with a soft rag and clean as usual.