If you're going for a green clean, then along with white vinegar, baking soda, lemons and salt you'll want to add a box of borax. But what is borax exactly and what can you use it for? We did a little research so you don't have to, as well as rounding up some ways to use it.
Like sel de mer, borax is a mineral crystal that is found in evaporated beds of seasonal lakes. A natural alternative to bleach, it can be used in the same way: to remove stains and whiten your laundry. It also boosts the cleaning power of your regular detergent. Use it instead of cleanser to clean the porcelain in your bathroom and your kitchen counters. Mix it with spices and sprinkle on your carpets to deodorize them. Add it to your dishwasher to eliminate spots and film. Sprinkle it around your kitchen's baseboards to get rid of bugs.
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