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Sodium tetraborate decahydrate. It may sound like a highly volatile, complicated, and dangerous chemical composition, but in reality it’s a natural mineral made of simple things like sodium and boron. Inexpensive and readily available in your grocery store’s laundry detergent aisle, borax is a good addition to any stockpile. What you may not know, however, is that this simple powder has a whole host of uses aside from being a laundry booster. What’s more, as long as it’s stored in a relatively cool, dry location, borax’s incredible shelf life means it will stay usable for years to come. Here’s a look at some of the many uses for borax:
Mice, roaches, ants, and all sorts of other pesky creatures absolutely hate borax. Sprinkle some along the edges of your walls to keep rodents out, use some to along your front door and windows to deter roaches, or use them to decimate any and all fleas in your carpet. Just sprinkle the carpet liberally with borax, let it sit overnight, and then vacuum it up in the morning.
All Purpose Cleaner
Two tablespoons of borax in a spray bottle with 2 cups of hot water makes an amazing all purpose cleaner. Use it on countertops, sinks, faucets and more.
Anyone who has ever potty trained a toddler or cared for an aging relative has been faced with the unenviable task of removing urine stains and odors from the mattress. Add some water to the stain, then use a clean, dry cloth to rub in about a teaspoon of borax. Allow to dry completely and use a vacuum to pick up any remaining residue.
Making Candle Wicks
To make homemade candle wicks, dissolve 8 tablespoons borax and 4 tablespoons of regular table salt in three cups of warm water. Next, soak twine or cotton kite string in the solution for 10-15 minutes before clipping them to a clothespin to dry for three days. Next, use tweezers or a pin to dip the string in melted wax a few times, and then hang up to dry for four more days. Store them wrapped in newspaper or inside zip top bags.
Forget chemical-laden floor cleaners that leave your tiles sticky with residue. Instead, mix 1/3 cup of borax with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and 1/8 cup of ammonia. Mix into a gallon of warm water, and use as a mopping solution.
Drain Clog Remover
For slow drains and stubborn hair clogs, dump about ½ cup of borax directly down the drain and let stand for about 20 minutes. Pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain and it should be running smoothly again.
Tile and Grout Cleaner
Add a few drops of cool water to ¼ cup borax to create a paste. Use a stiff bristled brush or old toothbrush to get grout sparkling.
Patio Furniture Cleaner
Combine 4 cups of warm water and one teaspoon each of borax and dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray onto your outdoor or patio furniture and wipe down with a clean cloth.
Trash Can Deodorizer
Sprinkle about a teaspoonful of borax onto the bottom of trash cans to absorb moisture and keep funky smells at bay.
There are literally hundreds of uses for borax. What are some of your favorites?
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