Borax (Sodium borate) is a mineral of boric acid. Powdered borax, consisting of soft crystals and is easily dissolved in water and is white in color.
Borax has large spectre and variety of uses. Borax is a component, mostly of many detergents, as a laundry detergent booster and in cosmetic. Borax is also used in biochemistry, fiberglass manufacture, metallurgy, in cooking as a texturing agent (E285), as an insecticide etc.
pH value of Borax is 9.3, which makes him highly alkaline. When it comes to usage as detergent booster, borax is safe alternative to bleach. Among cleaning, Borax has deodorizing, disinfecting and freshening properties. Powdered Borax can be easily found in almost every store near you and is cheap.
Uses For Borax In The Home And Garden
Remove Stains From Clothes
Just add half cup of Borax into plastic tub filled with 3-4 liters of warm water, soak the cloths, let them stand for 15-20 minutes and then rub the stain gently. After, add your laundry detergent and wash it by hands or just put it into washing machine.
Boost Your Dishwasher Detergent
Simple sprinkle one cup of borax into the basin of the dishwasher and run it as usual. Borax will help to clean your glasses better than usual and also will clean and disinfects the dishwasher.
With making your own, homemade, eco-friendly freshener you can neutralize bad odors at home. Just add half cup of Borax into spray bottle with 200 ml. warm water, shake well until Borax is dissolved, then add 5-6 drops of some essential oil, by your wish and you are ready to go.
To remove rust from certain objects, with help of Borax, all you need to do is to make a paste of borax and lemon juice. Mix 1 Tbsp Borax with half Tbsp lemon juice, apply the mixture on rusty objects, let it stand for 20-25 minutes and then scrub with brush. Repeat the procedure until necessary and in the end clean it with hot water.
Unclog Your Drains
Borax can also be useful against clogged sinks. Just pour one cup of Borax and two cups of hot boiling water down to the drain, and let it stand for 10-15 minutes and then flush with how water. Depends by clogged level, repeat one more time if needed.
For Shining Windows
To use Borax to clean the glass on your windows, mix 500 ml. warm water with 2-3 Tbsp Borax. Make sure Borax is completely dissolved before usage. Then simple spray on the glass and wipe down your windows. You can also use this for your mirrors or glass doors or tables.
Borax is ideal against pest. Borax contain Boron (metalloid chemical element) which is fatal for insects. Just put bit of borax into the corners, windows and doors and you are protected from unwanted guests.
We hope you find some of the uses useful and learn something new.