BORAX IS THE SECRET ON HOW TO GREEN CLEAN YOUR HOME AND SAVE MONEY
Stop collecting household cleaning supplies that claim they offer the best clean, or green-clean ever. The best household cleaner is inexpensive, environmentally-friendly and has been around and trusted for over 125 years!
Make cleaning easier with one easy to use product throughout your home from cleaning bathrooms, toilets, hardwood floors, pet areas, drain cleaner, carpets, laundry basins, kitchens, pans, dishes, windows, eliminating pet or laundry odors and the list keeps on going.
Borax makes cleaning easy and my comprehensive list of “How to Clean Your Home” using Borax is your one-stop search on how to use Borax to clean a variety of surfaces and items.
I’ve used Borax for years for various things around the house from adding a bit to a load of laundry, mixing it with water to clean sinks and tubs and I was even able to remove rust from an old iron garden planter I purchased at a flea market last summer. Yet, that’s not all it can do.
Did you know Borax can be used to clear slow drains?
TOP TO BOTTOM: BATHROOM CLEANER AND A BETTER DRAIN CLEANER
Borax not only helps to clear up slow drains it can also clear backed-up plumping issues from toilets to drains. I’ll give that a try the next time I notice a slow drain in the house.
HISTORY OF BORAX
The front of the Borax box gave me a chuckle as I had just finished an article about the mule lobby being responsible for bringing the end to the use of camels in the American Old West and here are the mules saving the day.
10 Camel Team Borax… not quite as catchy.
On the box was a little history about the 20 Mule Team and how these mules were used to haul millions of pounds of Borax, which is actually sodium borate, from mines in Death Valley out to the rail lines in Mojave, California.
The box shares the story of how a team of up to ten mules were unable to move the loads of sodium borate from the mines to the rail lines efficiently so a man by the name of Ed Stiles, fashioned two teams of ten mules, hitched together, to pull the loads across the desert.
A BORAX CLEAN SINCE 1883
Frank “Borax” Smith branded his product with his famous 20 Mule Team: A product identity that hasn’t changed since 1883.
BORAX IN A NATIONAL PARK
The company Harmony Borax Works, originally located in Furnace Creek Springs in Death Valley, California, is now part of the National Parks historical site preservation program and offers a small outdoor museum where you can see the mining equipment that was used along with the 20 Mule Team wagons.
The story on the box of Borax ends with the 20 Mule Team saving the steam engine, Dinah, that was brought-in to replace the mules in 1894 when she broke down and was towed back to town by the 20 Mule Team.
BORAX WILL SAVE YOU MONEY THAT YOU CAN USE FOR A DAY TRIP FROM VEGAS
Borax will clean your home, or let its history lead you on an adventure to relaxing in a spring-fed pool in the desert.
Borax is a multi-task, environmentally safe cleaner that is both budget and space-friendly; reducing costs and the need to store multiple household cleaners. Having just one, or a few products, declutters your cleaning supplies cabinet and leaves more money to budget elsewhere.
Cleaning supplies can stack-up quickly and cost extra money that can be spent on something more enjoyable than dust-collecting bottles and sprayers of unused cleaning products. The average American household spends around $600 per year in cleaning supplies. One box of Borax runs under $5 at Target or Walmart.
Use the savings from lowering your annual household cleaning supplies budget when using Borax to clean your home, and take a trip to Vegas with your extra cash.
Better yet, take a day trip from Las Vegas over to Death Valley National Park which is one of the largest national parks in the US and visit the Borax museum near Furnace Creek Springs, 20 Mule Team Canyon or stay the night at The Oasis of Death Valley where you can swim in the desert under the stars.
LAUNDRY LIST OF ADDITIONAL BORAX DIY HOUSEHOLD TIPS INCLUDING CLEANING LAUNDRY
NOTE: Always wear gloves as Borax can be drying and be careful not to inhale the powder while mixing Borax into solutions. Keep Borax out of the reach of children and do not use directly on pets.
Carpet Flea Control/Insecticide: If you have pets and carpet Borax is a must have for your home. Simply sprinkle Borax across the carpeting and use a carpet rake or strong-bristled broom to work it down into the carpet fibers. It will dry up any fleas that might be looking for a new home in your carpets. You only need to treat the carpet once per year or after steam cleaning. Don’t use the Borax powder on your pet!
Dishwasher: Add a bit to the bottom of your dishwasher when you run a load. Borax will deodorize and clean your dishwasher along with giving you cleaner dishes.
Dishwashing Powder: Mix one tablespoon Borax with one tablespoon baking powder to use in the detergent compartment of your dishwasher.
Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Sprinkle up to 3 tablespoons of Borax into the garbage disposal drain and let it sit for 15 minutes and then run the disposal with hot water to clear. Fresh and odor-free clean.
Stainless Steel Cleaner and Stain Remover: Mix a paste of 1 cup of Borax to 1/4 cup lemon juice and clean then rinse well with fresh water.
Hand washing for Pots, Pans and Dishes: Mix 1 cup of Borax powder to every gallon of hot water and then rinse thoroughly, or load them for a final clean in the dishwasher.
Bathrooms: Make small amount of Borax into a paste using some water and it easily scrubs away soap scum and hard water deposits in sinks, baths and showers. Rinse with fresh water.
Hardwood Floors: Mix 1/3 cup Borax with one gallon of hot water in bucket then add 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup vinegar and allow to dissolve. Use mop or sponge with the mixture and then rinse with fresh water.
Hard Surface or Vinyl Flooring: Dilute 2 tablespoons Borax with one gallon of warm water and dissolve. Use mop or sponge and then rinse with fresh water.
Removing Cat Urine and Pet Odors: Use mixture for hardwood floors, or
Carpet Steam Cleaners: Add 1 tablespoon Borax to the cleaning solution and your carpets will look cleaner and brighter. Or, mix your own carpet cleaner solution with 1/2 cup Borax to every 1 gallon hot water for steam cleaning carpet machines.
Laundry: Borax as an addition to your laundry soap will work as a natural brighter such as color safe bleach.
Yellow Underarm Clothing Stains: Mix Borax with lemon juice and let the clothing sit in the sun for a few hours. Then toss it into the wash and the stains will be gone.
Refrigerator Deodorizer: Set a small bowl on the refrigerator shelf and it will neutralize odors.
Dirty Windows: Mix 3 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of Borax and wipe clean. Finish with equal parts vinegar and water mixture to leave windows streak-free.
Refresh Old China: Dilute Borax with warm water in the kitchen sink and soak your china for a few minutes then rinse and clean for sparkling china.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Drop some in and leave it to soak for 20 minutes to overnight. In the morning use the toilet brush to scrub the sides and flush. Hard water stains in the toilet use the mixture listed below.
Pet Area/Wall Wash: Using a spray bottle mix a solution of 1/2 cup of Borax to every 1 gallon of hot water. Dissolve and cool and use to wipe plastic pet food bowl mats, kennels, flooring mats, flooring around pet beds, pet dishes (make sure they are thoroughly rinsed with fresh water following each cleaning).
Mold and Mildew Remover: Mix 1 cup of Borax and dilute into 1 gallon of hot water. Allow to cool and pour into a spray bottle and spray the mold areas. Allow the solution to sit for several minutes and then scrub the mold away. Do not rinse as the Borax is a mold inhibitor.
Bleach Alternative: Dilute Borax and vinegar equally to use as a bleach alternative in laundry.
Toilet Hard Water Stain Remover: Pour 1/4 cup of Borax into the toilet and then use the toilet scrubber to clean the inside of the toilet bowl. Add 1 cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can scrub a second time and then flush away the stains. Mixture can be used in sinks.
Washing Machines Mold and Mildew/Front Load Washers: Use a solution of 1 cup Borax to 1 gallon hot water; dissolve and cool and add to a spray bottle to wipe the doors and seals. Use a 1/3 cup Borax and 1/2 cup vinegar and run washing machine to remove mildew, mold and odors.
Mattress Accidents or Spills: Blot-up excess moisture and then sprinkle plenty of Borax over the moist area and let it sit for a day. Then vacuum. The Borax will absorb any extra moisture and neutralize any odors.
Car Wash Additive: Adding a tablespoon of Borax to your car wash liquid will prevent streaks and water spots on your cars finish.
Yard Flea Control: Click on the article from Daily Puppy to learn how to treat your yard for fleas using Borax.
Happy green-cleaning and happy travels.
Drop me a comment if you’ve been to the Borax museum in Death Valley, visited the Oasis or have your own tried-and-true Borax solutions for cleaning to offer visitors.
If you’re a history buff you might enjoy my article “The Mule Lobby and How the Camels Won the West Before the Golden Spike” at Chasing Rockwell.