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Whenever I have a cleaning dilemma, I ask my mom for advice. She always seems to know what to do for x, y and z. She’s been on this planet far longer than I, and I find it is always helpful to ask for tricks and tips from people with experience. Much of what can be bought in the store needn’t be bought at all. But one of those items that has always been on her shopping list is 20 Mule Team® Borax. She mainly uses it as a laundry booster, and ever since I started doing my own laundry that’s what I mainly use it for.. And yet you may not realize that that’s not all it can do for your home.
This is one of those all-around substances to help with cleaning that should be on your usual grocery shopping list as it can do so much. No need to clutter up your cleaning cabinet with multiple bottles, boxes and sprays.Once you know the wonders of Borax, you will want to pass on these DIYs to anyone interested in cleaning well and saving money. Here are just a few additional uses for Borax.
Toilet bowl cleaner
Add a cup of Borax to your toilet bowl and let sit for several hours (the longer the better) before scrubbing the bowl clean.
Keep odors under control with Borax. Keep a small bowl in your fridge and sprinkle a few tablespoons into the bottom of your trash can to absorb odors and moisture.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup of Borax inside your dishwasher just before running a cycle for shiny clean
Mix two parts Borax with one part water to create a scrubbing paste that is especially useful on sticky residue caused by spills and helpful when removing labels. This is also great as a tub and tile, sink and stove cleaner.
Add lemon juice to the paste as made above and you’ll have an effective rust remover.
Stinky garbage disposals
Pour a few tablespoons down the drain and let sit for 20 minutes. Then flush with hot water and run the disposal.
Add 2 teaspoons of Borax with 4 cups of hot water, then add a few tablespoons of distilled vinegar for an all-purpose cleaning spray.
We always add a half a cup with a load of laundry to boost the effectiveness of our laundry detergents and naturally remove and brighten stains. It’s especially helpful for those of us with hard water. If you have a particularly stubborn mess, it is best to soak fabric for at least 30 minutes before continuing the wash cycle.
20 Mule Team® Borax is a natural product. We found it in the additives section of the laundry aisle at Stop & Shop.