When it comes to cleaning, I stick to the basics: glass cleaner, an all-purpose disinfectant, and the good-old broom. I’ve discovered, over the years, that nothing really cleans like the basics. Up until now, those were really all I would ever use but, recently, I stumbled upon a real game-changer for my cleaning days: Borax! Melissa Maker, a DIY blogger extraordinaire, shows some crazy-cool uses for Borax in the video, below.
Borax is something that I’ve known about for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never actually used it. I pass it up in the grocery store every time I see it. To be honest, it rarely crosses my mind - if ever! But when I learned that Borax is one of the best cleaning remedies for a wide variety of basic home needs, I was in my car and on my way to the store faster than you can say “Hot Potato!”
Borax is a natural cleaner. It’s made up of sodium, oxygen, water, and of course, boron. Labeled as a natural refresher, Borax can do so much more than just refresh! It’s a deodorizer, a stain remover, a detergent, and even a pest-killer! On its own, Borax is a brilliant cleaning quick fix, but when it’s mixed with other solutions, it becomes even more powerful.
Take, for example, lemon juice! If you’re one of the millions of people with stainless steel kitchen sinks, then you’ve probably come to experience some hard-to-remove stains over the years. For me, sink stains can be one of the most annoying stains to remove. But with some Borax and lemon juice mixed together, sink stains are removed almost instantly! You don’t even need soap!
Another surprising feat by Borax is pest-control! You might be asking yourself, “How in the world could a natural refresher get rid of pesky pests like ants and spiders?” I wondered the same thing, but that’s when I learned that when Borax and powdered sugar are mixed, they create an enticing trap that lures bugs in and keeps them there. Eventually, the bugs will be overwhelmed by the natural elements in the Borax and they will die off.
Another great combination is Borax and water! When mixed together, they create a powerful cleaning/de-clogging/stain-fighting solution. For unclogging drains, simply pour about ½ cup of Borax down the drain. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with hot water. For a sparkly porcelain “throne” sprinkle some Borax on the sides of the bowl, let sit overnight, and scrub off in the morning. To get rid of stains on your stainless steel pots and pans, mix some Borax with warm water and grab a sponge. Simply cover the mark with Borax and gently scrub. Within seconds, your pan will be as good as new!
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to make Borax a staple in my cleaning closet from now on. For more tips and tricks for this powerful natural cleanser, check out the video Melissa Maker made, below! And if you know of any tips and tricks yourself, be sure to let us know in the comments on Facebook!