Before entering what is borax and what is it for, if you have already seen our Guide to Ecological Cleaning, you will know that our home can be cleaned practically only with lemon, baking soda and vinegar.
But if you want to take the cleaning to another level, borax is an indispensable ingredient in our arsenal of natural cleansing products.
Before proceeding however, I want to take a second to comment on what borax is, what it is for, if it is really toxic and everything related to safety in its use.
What is borax and what is it for?
Borax is a natural and colorless mineral, also known as sodium borate or boron salt.
It is commonly used in detergents, disinfectants, softeners and soaps, in agriculture it is used as a pesticide and foliar fertilizer, as well as in jewelry, glass making, ceramics and enamels among others. These are some of the things borax serves for.
Is borax toxic? How safe is it?
For starters, unlike other cleansing products, it does not cause cancer, does not accumulate in the body nor is it absorbed through the skin. And what is also very important, is that besides not harming human health It is also not harmful to the environment.
People have been using borax for more than 100 years to clean their houses and mainly to wash clothes.
However Boron or borax salt is a mild toxic, and we should take some precautions. We must avoid at all costs to ingest it. Topically it can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. That is why we must have the basic precautions, mainly the use of gloves to manipulate it.
Borax is very soluble and the doses to really affect us as toxic are very high, but we will use it spreading it in some area of the house. Extreme care when you have small children or pets, because for them it can be harmful.
28 domestic uses of Borax
1. Carpet cleaning
Borax is a fabulous cleaner. To use it in cleaning carpets, just dilute 1/4 cup of the salt in 3 liters of water.
2. Fruit trees
Spray a cup of borax around the fruit trees every 3-4 years to add boron, a very necessary trace element for good growth of the cell wall and for the development of fruits and seeds.
Keep cockroaches, bugs and ants away by spraying equal parts of borax and sugar anywhere in your home where you suspect they may be entering.
4. Toilet bowl cleaner
Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl at night before going to sleep. In the morning, scrub the toilet thoroughly with the brush.
Borax will loosen any dirt or deposits, and make it easier to clean!
5. Against fleas
Spray borax on dog beds, rugs and other areas where you suspect fleas may be incubating.
6. Dissuasive for mice
Spray borax on the floor along the walls against the baseboards. Mice like to run along walls, but they do not like borax on their feet, so they are less likely to return to that area of the house.
7. Preserve the flowers
Fresh flowers of many varieties can be preserved with the help of borax. Borax removes moisture from flowers and leaves, preventing wilting that would normally occur.
Mix a part of borax with two parts of corn flour and sprinkle the mixture in the bottom of a box.
Place your flower (s) in the box, then sprinkle more of the borax and cornmeal mixture on top. Cover the box and let it stand for 2 weeks so that the flowers dry.
8. Protector of violin strings
If you play the violin or some instrument with a bow, you can clean the hairs of the bow. Simply moisten an old toothbrush, soak in borax and gently rub the hair of the bow in small sections.
Avoid water or borax falling on the wood. When finished, clean the hairs of the bow and re-screw them.
9. Best Home Candles
If you make your own candles, treat the wicks by soaking them in a salt and borax solution to help reduce ash and eliminate smoke problems.
10. Remove remains of adhesives
Get rid of adhesive residues and gums. Simply mix borax and water in a ratio of 2 to 1, then rub the mixture over the residue.
11. Cleaning kitchen utensils
Borax is a gentle and delicate cleanser. It is ideal for cleaning kitchen utensils such as porcelain and aluminum. For this it is enough to sprinkle the pots and pans and rub with a damp cloth. Rinse with plenty of water, to prevent the remains of borax remain in the utensils.
12. Fridge deodorant
Wash the refrigerator with a sponge or soft cloth using a solution of 1 quart of warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax. Rinse with cold water.
13. Shower, bathtub and tiles
Sprinkle borax on a damp sponge or soft cloth and use it as if it were a powdered cleanser. This can be used even on fiberglass surfaces without scratching the finish. Rinse abundantly.
14. Remove rust
Remove rust by mixing a simple cleaning solution. Start with one or two tablespoons of borax, add 1 tablespoon of juice or lemon juice and enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste with a sponge or scrubber to your rusted items.
15. Cleaning of humidifiers
To help keep your humidifier free of odors, dissolve 1/4 cup of borax in two liters of water and add it to the tank.
Run the humidifier for 10-15 minutes, then empty the tank and rinse well with clean water.
16. Sink cleaner
Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with a paste of 1 cup of borax and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.
17. Outdoor furniture
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of borax and 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle and use it to clean outdoor furniture.
18. Deodorizer for cat litter
Minimize the odor in your cat's litter box by mixing a few tablespoons of borax with the sand, stirring well to mix with the sand.
19. Drain cleaner.
Clean and disinfect drains when they have a bad smell by throwing 3 tablespoons of borax. Let stand for one hour and rinse with warm water. It will also serve to unclog a slight obstruction of the pipes. For more serious blockages, look at the next point.
20. Unclog drains
To unclog the drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then run the water for a few minutes to remove the borax and other debris that are in it.
21. Mattresses clean of odors and stains
Eliminate the urine smell of a mattress. Wet the mattress, rub with borax with a damp cloth. Let dry and vacuum the rest of the residue. Also, by the way, we eliminated the mites.
22. Debris Bucket Trash
Deodorize your garbage can by filling it with borax and water. Leave it to soak and then rinse it.
Sprinkle some borax on the bottom once it is clean. This will keep away insects and absorb any moisture that causes odor, especially in summer.
23. Kill weeds (herbicide)
Use some pure borax to kill the weeds that emerge in the concrete crevices and in the corridors. Important: Borax should not be used in the garden because it also kills the plants.
24. Polish porcelain
Have your worn porcelain shine again by soaking it in a sink filled with warm water and a 1/2 cup of borax. Rinse well and wash a second time as usual.
25. Clean brushes and combs
Mix 1/4 cup borax and 1 tablespoon dish detergent in a bowl of warm water.
Rinse the brushes in the foamy water, let them soak and rinse them with plenty of water. Allow the brushes to dry completely outdoors.
26. Mold inhibitor
Make a thick paste of borax and water, and spread it in the moldy area. Let the pasta rest until it dries, or at least overnight. Sweep the dust and rinse the area.
Other ways to remove mold in: How to remove mildew without toxic.
27. Make clothing fireproof
Many fire departments recommend a solution that contains borax to make clothing more fire resistant.
Mix one cup of borax and 1/2 cup of boric acid in 1 gallon of water. If the item is washable, immerse it in the solution after the final rinse and dry it. If the garment can not be washed, spray with the solution and air dry.
This solution will be removed from the clothes and should be applied after each washing or dry cleaning to keep it effective.
28. Recover bedding
Remove the mold and stains from the bedding by soaking it in 2 liters of water mixed with 2 cups of borax. Let the sheets rest for a few hours and then rinse thoroughly.
And these are just some of the uses of borax if you know someone else please comment below and if you have doubts too, ahhh and do not forget to share.