There are a few items we all know, by now, that we should always have in our homes no matter what: Baking soda. Lemons. Hydrogen peroxide. But the more we learn about homemade cleaners and DIY solutions, the more it’s become clear that there’s one item that more than deserves to join those must-have ranks: Borax! This mineral – also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate – can do SO Much, and we had no idea! What about you? Did you know you can use Borax to . . .
- Clean Baseball Caps
- Those beloved baseball caps need cleaning, too, and Borax is just the thing to do it. All you have to do is put the hats in the top rack of your dishwasher, fill the detergent cup with Borax, and run a regular cycle.
- Save Violin Strings
- Brighten Whites
Even if your clothing isn’t stained and you’re super careful about care, your whiteswillyellow over time. Bring them back to brightness with a super-powered cleaning solution made of Borax, very hot water, bleach, dish detergent, and your favorite laundry detergent.
- Whiten Pillows
- Get Rid Of Ants
- Deter Mice
- Ants aren’t the only creatures who hate Borax. Mice don’t like getting it on their feet, so if you sprinkle it along the walls where they like to run, it’ll keep them from coming back!
- Make DIY Dishwasher Tablets
- Love the convenience of dishwasher tablets but hate the price-inflated expense? Make your own with an ice cube tray and a DIY solution featuring, of course, Borax.
- Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
- It’s not just dishes you can clean with a DIY detergent. This homemade solution features Borax, costs less than $15 to whip up, and makes enough to do your laundry for a whole year!
- Shine Stainless Steel
- Borax is also just the thing to bring the shine back to your stainless steel. Just mix it into a paste with some baking soda, lemon juice and club soda, then scrub away.
- Clean Cookware
- Stainless steel isn’t the only thing that can benefit from Borax! You can also use it as a cleaner for your cookware . . .
- Restore China
- . . . and mixed with warm water to form a soak to renew china!
- Clean Car Upholstery
- No need to go spend a ton of money at the car wash or in the car care aisle. You have Borax on your side! Just clean your upholstery with a homemade cleaner made of this versatile ingredient and some water and grated soap.
- Play With Putty
- Have Fun With Flubber
- . . . in a copycat, DIY version of “flubber,” after the family-friendly classic comedy . . .
- Scare Up Some Slime
- . . . and, come Halloween time, some spider-covered slime that even glows in the dark!
- Grow Some Snowflakes
- Less into the fall holidays and more about winter? Borax can help you out there, too! When you mix it with boiling water, put it in a jar, and then insert a pipe cleaner mold, Borax crystals will actually
- overnight and make a crazy cool snowflake shape.
- Nurture Plants
- Clean Up After Pets
- We love our fur babies, but there’s no doubt that they can be both messy
- pretty stinky sometimes. Borax can help! Make a pet bed cleaning spray by mixing ⅓ cup of it with about 8 ounces of water. You can also use it to clean up any accidents and “presents.” Just sprinkle some Borax on the damp spot, let dry, and vacuum it up.
- Deodorize Trash Can
- Of course, our pets aren’t nearly the only thing bringing some stench into our homes. More often than not, the garbage will do that! Clean it up by mixing some Borax and water in the bottom, then rinse. After than, sprinkle some more Borax in the bottom to keep bugs
- smells from coming back.
- De-Stench Fridge
- The other place smells like to hang out? The refrigerator! Wipe up spilled food with Borax and water.
- Remove Sink Stains
- Kill Weeds
- Clean Hair Brushes
- Refresh Rooms
- Want to renew the fresh scent in any room in your house but don’t want to waste money on something like Febreeze? Make your own refreshing spray by mixing ½ cup of Borax with 12 ounces of warm water and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Quick Clean Toilets
- You can use Borax to clean your toilet bowl overnight! Just sprinkle some all over before you go to bed. In the morning, hit it with a scrub brush, and flush. Everything will have loosened-up during the night, and you’ll be left with a sparkling toilet the quick and easy way.
Who knew that this humble mineral could do SO much? We’re definitely making sure it’s ALWAYS in our pantries from now on. You too? Check out these guides from One Good Thing By Jillee and Clean My Space for even MORE ways to use it, and tell us about your own go-to methods.