Borax is the industry name borate, a mineral that occurs naturally. It is an affordable alternative cleaner that has countless uses around the house. Because it does not go bad and has many different uses – including cleaning and stain removal – Borax is an excellent item to have on hand in case of a survival emergency.
Borax Uses and Recipes
Floor Wash is made by dissolving ½ cup of Borax in 1 gallon hot water and add a splash of ammonia. Mop floors normally.
Window Cleaner for even the grimiest windows: dissolve ½ cup of Borax in 1 gallon of warm water. Wash the windows with the Borax solution, and rinse off with regular water. Dry with newspaper to reduce streaking.
Disinfect and clean toilets by adding ½ a cup of Borax to the standing water in the basin. Let it stand for a few hours (even better, overnight) and clean with a toilet brush normally.
Car Wash Detergent can be made by mixing ¼ cup of Borax into 2 gallons of warm water.
Remove Odors from Mattresses by dampening the affected area with a wet cloth, sprinkling Borax and rub it into the mattress. Let the area dry and vacuum it to remove the Borax. This is particularly useful when you have young children who are not toilet trained.
Remove Carpet Stains by making a paste with Borax and warm water. Rub the paste into the stain, let the area dry and vacuum it to remove the Borax.
Unclog drains by pouring ½ a cup into the drain. Let it stand for up to an hour and then pour boiling water down the drain. Repeat as necessary until the drain is unclogged.
Ants can be exterminated by mixing equal parts Borax and confectioner’s sugar and sprinkling it near the problem area. The ants will ingest the Borax and die. Keep pets and small children away while you are treating the area.
Kill Fleas in Carpets by sprinkling Borax on the carpet and leaving it overnight; then vacuum to remove Borax. Keep pets and small children away from the carpet while you are treating it.
Deodorize Carpets using the same method.
Clean and Sanitize Garbage Disposals by pouring ½ cup of Borax into disposal. Add 1/8 cup of warm water and let stand for 1-2 hours. Rinse with hot tap water.
Clean Tile and Grout by making a dry paste with Borax and water. Scrub tile and grout with paste and a stiff-bristled brush.
Make Laundry Brighter, Cleaner, and Deodorized by adding ½ cup of Borax to each load.
Prevent Weeds from gaining a foothold in sidewalk and driveway cracks by sprinkling Borax into them.
Other Uses for Borax
You can also use Borax to clean:
Countertops and baseboards – add ½ cup Borax to 1 gallon hot water and mix to dissolve. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray liberally and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth.
Clean china until it sparkles with ½ cup of Borax added to 1 gallon warm water. Soak the china in the solution overnight, rinse well with cold water and dry.
Deodorize the dishwashing machine by sprinkling Borax liberally on the bottom. Let it sit overnight and wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove excess Borax. Run the next load of dishes as you would normally.
Clean pots and pans by scrubbing them with Borax and a damp sponge. Rinse them well and dry.