Borax and 25 Ways to Use It

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I'll let you in on an embarrassing little secret...a few weeks ago my husband and I had a little problem with mice in our apartment. Our maintenance guy came to check for holes in the wall and set traps yet they kept coming back. When a friend recommended sprinkling borax near our walls, I was curious what other things I could do with borax.

Borax, or sodium borate, is a naturally occurring substance that is also eco-friendly. Still, it can be harmful to children and pets so it is best to use cautiously.

I found a great list of 25 Household Uses for Borax over at DIY Life. Here are five that I will most definitely be trying:

1 - Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.

2 - Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with this recipe: Make a paste with 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.

3 - Clean your toilet with this solution: Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of water. Scrub the toilet with a strong brush, let it sit and flush to rinse. This non-abrasive cleaner can also be used in the bathtub or on counters.

4 - Unclog drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run your water for a few minutes to flush it out.

5 - Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it's clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor causing moisture.

To see the rest of the list, visit DIY Life: 25 Household Uses for Borax. What are your favorite uses for borax around the house?

Image: Ben Sutherland on Flickr licensed under Creative Commons; found via CasaSugar.

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