Going Green with Borax

If you’re wandering down the laundry aisle of your local grocery store, you may have seen a product called 20 Mule Team® Borax.  What is Borax?  Is it a natural product?  How would you use it? Is it really a ‘green’ product?

Sodium borate, also known as Borax, is a naturally occurring mineral.  It is composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water.  Many people are already aware that Borax is often used along with laundry detergent. It helps to soften the water, making the detergent work better.

Borax can be used for laundry, but can also be used in other ways throughout the house.  From being a multi-purpose cleaner to killing bugs to being used in arts and craft projects, Borax can be used in a multitude of ways.  It is safe for washing machines, plumbing systems, and septic tanks.  It does not contain phosphates or chlorine, chemicals that are hazardous to your family and the environment.

Do you need to clean any stains from your carpet or rugs?  Make a paste of water and Borax and rub it into the stain.  Let the paste dry, then simply vacuum everything up.  You find as a result a clean and fresh smelling carpet or rug – and no stains.

Occasionally you’ll find ants have made their way into your home.  If this happens to you, mix together a spoon of Borax and a spoon of powdered sugar. (Make sure you use different spoons when measuring this.)  You can leave small piles of this mixture wherever you see ants. However, please remember not to leave it within the reach of children or pets.

Not only will Borax kill ants and roaches, it can also be used to help kill fleas that have gotten in your carpet.  Sprinkle the Borax onto the carpet and let it sit for at least an hour.  Once again, when the time is up, vacuum away the fleas, and any possibly carpet odors as well.

Have you found there is a certain odor coming from your refrigerator that you can’t get rid of?  Add one tablespoon of Borax with one cup of warm water.  With a sponge, wipe down the walls, shelves, and drawers in your refrigerator.  Rinse with clean water, and your odors will rinse away too.

Having trouble with odors from your toilet bowl.  Sprinkle one-fourth cup of Borax into your toilet bowl.  Swish the bowl with your toilet brush and let stand for a minimum of a half hour to overnight.  Swish again and then flush the odors away.

If you have some flowers that you would like to preserve, you can use Borax to help do that.  Begin by covering the bottom of a shoe box with Borax.  Add cut flowers, leaving just a little bit of stem, and placing them into the shoe box.  Gently cover the flowers and leaves with more Borax until the flowers are completely covered.  You may have to sprinkle the Borax into roses or carnations to make sure that the flowers are covered.  Leave no air space around the flowers.  Seal the box and store it for seven to ten days.  After the flowers are dried, slowly pour the Borax from the box.  Then remove them by dumping the rest of the Borax off of them.  Clean off any remaining Borax by using a soft paint brush or gently blowing it off.  ou can easily strain and reuse the Borax another time.

Borax, this naturally occurring mineral, is yet another item you can add to your home which will help you to go green. As you can see, it’s not only great for treating laundry but has a multitude of different uses as well.

It is truly a wonder product, and one that is friendly to the environment.

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