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Home Remedies The Uses of Borax

Updated on January 10, 2014

Cleaning with Borax

Home Remedies-Borax for Cleaning

Natural home remedies for cleaning your home, you should include borax in this as well as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. This article is about borax, what it is what it can be used for, how to use it and, is it safe?

I first started using borax for my dog beds, the veterinarian told me that borax would kill fleas, and clean their beds thoroughly. Then I got the bright idea to dissolve it and use it in my steam cleaner. I was impressed with its stain removing abilities! Having dogs in the house, we sometimes have accidents and the borax mixture took the stains up, and I never knew they were there.

So, I decided it was time to tap into the cleaning potential of this amazing and inexpensive product.

What is Borax?

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that helps laundry detergent work better, and people have been using it as such for over 100 years. The common name for borax it sodium tetraborate. It is produced from the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. It is removed from the ground and washed, dried, and boxed for our use.

Over the years, it has been used for soaking diapers, and other laundry needs. But, it is an ingredient for many other products such as cosmetics, medicines, ceramics, and building materials.

In the early days of borax, it was used to keep milk sweet, aid digestion, and as a treatment for epilepsy. However, modern technology has given us better solutions for these issues; borax can still be used in the home of a host of other things.

Other Uses for Borax

In the kitchen, it can be used for cleaning and sanitation. It is safe, non abrasive-great for use on grease and grime. Use it on sinks, cookware, countertops, microwaves, refrigerators, and any other appliance that you need to clean.

You can apply a borax solution to ceramic, tile, marble, stainless steel, granite, porcelain, and slate. It will efficiently and safely clean these surfaces.

Dishes, Pots and Pans

When washing tough pots, pans, and dishes use a ½ of borax to the water to reduce water spots, remove grease and grime and make your items shine. You can add this to your dishwasher to boost your detergent also, sprinkle a ¼ of a cup into the bottom of the dishwasher.

Multi-Purpose Cleaning

Dissolve ½ cup of borax in a 12 oz. spray bottle with water; you can use this to deodorize mattresses.

Carpet Cleaning

As I mentioned earlier in this article, I used it in my steam cleaner with excellent results. Use ½ cup per gallon of water in your steam cleaning unit. It works wonders!


Borax can be your friend when cleaning the bathroom. You can sprinkle borax on a damp sponge of rag and clean the tub, shower stall, tile and walls. It is great to remove soap scum, dirt, and hard water deposits.

It can be used to help brighten grout, remove tub rings and keep the toilet bowl gleaming.


Borax can be used for cleaning pet beds, pet carriers, pet cleaning tools and your pet’s area around the home. Not only is it great for cleaning your pet’s belongings it can help to reduce fleas.

Answers to some of the most asked questions

Can you use borax with bleach? Yes, they can be used together in your washing machine.

How much do I need to use for wash loads? Use ½ cup of borax for each wash load.

Is borax safe for my septic system? Yes,

How long can I keep borax before it expires? It has an indefinite shelf life as long as it is kept dry.

Is borax safe for my pets? Do not use it in litter boxes, but you can use it for cleaning and deodorizing pet area.

Borax is economical, safe and easy to use. If you are looking for a good way to clean and disinfect cheaply this is it. This is an all purpose cleaner that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers used, and it is still a good choice today.

Borax is great for killing mold and fungus, and you can use it to soften water.

What I really love about borax is that it is inexpensive! I can’t speak for you, but I need to save money where ever I can.

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt


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