Borax is a naturally occurring mineral which is a product of the seasonal vaporization of salt lakes. It is made of oxygen, water, sodium and boron.
Borax is highly alkaline, with a pH of 9.3. This is what gives borax freshening, deodorizing, disinfecting and stellar cleaning properties. The majority of residential has a pH of between 6.5 and 8.5. Adding detergents in the washing machine implies that the pH of the water isn’t neutral.
Too acidic or too alkaline water is not going to clean your clothes well, and it can even damage the fibers. However, adding borax alongside the regular detergent will make the water softer and at a pH which is more neutral.
Borax is a safe, green and natural alternative to bleach. Continue reading and find out more about borax.
- Removes Stains from Clothing
Borax is excellent for protein, oil and grease stains. All you need to do is pre-soak linens, soiled and discolored clothes in a mixture of one gallon of water and ½ cup of borax in the washing machine. Leave it to soak for about half an hour. Then add the regular detergent and run the wash as usual.
- All-Purpose Cleaner
Just sprinkle some borax on a damp cloth and scrub away your appliances, cookware, toilets, tubs, counter tops, grout, faucets, sinks and tiles. Make sure to wash with water after cleaning with borax. Moreover, add some borax in the toilet bowl, and scrub with the brush for disinfection.
- Boosts Dishwasher Detergent
Apart from making dishwasher detergent more powerful, borax also disinfects and cleans the interior part of the dishwasher. Just sprinkle one or two cups of borax in the basin of the dishwasher, then put the detergent and run the dishwasher as normally.
- Neutralizes Odors
Mix 1 ½ cups of warm water with ½ a cup of borax. Then, add the mixture in a spray bottle. You can add essential oil of your choosing so as to get a fresh fragrance.
- Excellent for Boron Deficiencies in Your Garden
In case your plants do not bloom, they are stunted or their foliage is getting brown the tips of the leaf, there might be boron deficiency. Corn, alfalfa, carrots, pears, onions, cabbage, broccoli and apples are especially dependent on boron. What you need to so is mix 5 gallons of water with 5 tablespoons of borax and spray the stems and the leaves of your plants.
- Pest Control
Borax contains boron, which is fatal to insects like fleas, ants, beetles, silverfish and cockroaches. What you need to do is apply some borax around your home or prepare an insect bait paste by combining corn syrup, honey and borax.
- Rust Remover
What you need to so is mix some lemon juice and borax in order to make a paste. Rub this on rusty objects and leave it work for half an hour. Next, using a scrub brush, scour it. Do this again if necessary and don’t forget to wash it with clean water in the end.
- Unclog Drains
Naturally unclog your skins by pouring a mixture of ½ a cup of borax and two cups of boiling water in the drain. Leave it work for about 15 minutes and then pour hot water.
- Shine Mirrors and Windows
In order to get streak-free glass you need to make a mixture of two tablespoons of borax and three cups of warm water. Wait till it is totally dissolved and then dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe your sliding glass doors, mirrors and windows.
- Kill Weeds
Make a mixture of two and a half gallons of water and 1 ¼ cups of borax and pour the mixture in a sprayer. Make sure that you never spray the soil, but only the foliage.
- Removes Mildew and Black Mold
Mix one gallon of water and a cup of borax and treat areas which are affected with mildew and mold. Spray the solution on the affected area and thoroughly scrub using an old toothbrush. You needn’t rinse when finished.
- Eliminates Adhesive Residue
Just mix a cup of warm water and ¼ cups of borax and easily remove tar, gum, glue and similar sticky spots.
- Cleans Carpets
Add a ½ cup of borax for one gallon of water in your steam cleaner the next time you clean your carpets. Moreover, if you don’t have a steam cleaner, just sprinkle some borax on your carpets and rugs, leave it for half an hour and then vacuum it. A mixture of two cups of water and ½ cup of borax will help you with stubborn stains.
- Preserves Fresh Flowers
Mixing two parts cornmeal and one part borax will help you create beautiful dried flowers. Just put some of the mixture in a container, put the fresh flowers in it, and use the rest of the mixture to gently cover it. Then, store it somewhere dry and cool for two weeks.
- Homemade Candle Wicks
If you want your wicks to last longer, decrease smoke and ash, bath heavy twine in a mixture of one cup of boiling water, one tablespoon of salt, and two tablespoons of borax. Leave it soak for 24 hours. The wicks need to dry for 2 weeks before using them.
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