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Borax Uses: Great Ideas for the Home!

Are you sensitive to chemicals like I am? I have a great solution for you – borax! Here are 20 amazing uses for borax around your home.

Household Uses for Borax

I’m not a big lover of household chemicals. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more sensitive to them – especially the smell. I like to find natural solutions to issues around the home as much as possible . . . and save money as well! One thing my mom has always used for a variety of things in her house is borax.

Have you heard of it? It’s a naturally occurring substance, also known as sodium borate. There are so many uses for borax around the home that you aren’t going to believe it! I surveyed my mom and off the top of her head she came up with 20 . . . and I’m sure there are more.

Uses for Borax

Take a peek at this collection of amazing household uses for borax. Are there any others you know of that I missed?

PS – You can order Borax on Amazon, which is where I get everything. They might have it at your grocery as well!

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Borax can clean just about any surface in the kitchen. Just add 2 tablespoons to two cups of hot water and grab a sponge to scrub!

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If you ever make candles, treat your cotton candle wicks by soaking them first. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt and 4 tablespoons of borax in 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Soak the cotton wicks in the solution for 15 minutes and then hang to dry.

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If your carpet needs a deep clean, just add 1/2 cup of borax per gallon of hot water to a carpet cleaner. It gives your clean and extra bit of freshness.

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Borax works well to control pests! You can sprinkle it anywhere to deter roaches, water bugs, and ants (use equal parts sugar and borax). For mice, put around the edges of your walls. And for fleas, sprinkle on the carpet, leave for several minutes and then vacuum up.

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One of those uses for Borax I never knew about? You can use it to preserve flowers! It’s so easy – learn how to do it here.

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I can’t be the only one who has pulled linens out of the closet and noticed a musty smell. To get rid of stench before the guests come, soak linens in 1 cup of borax for every 1 quart of water. Keep them in the water for a few hours, then wash as normal.

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Is your garbage can stinky? Empty it and bring into the shower – fill about halfway with hot water and add 1 cup of borax. Scrub with a rag or brush and then rinse. Let dry before putting a new bag in.


Pet bowls and toys get grimy and dirty. To clean them, fill up the sink with warm/hot water and add about 1/2 cup of borax.Soak the items for about 15 – 20 minutes (scrubbing if necessary), then drain the sink, then rinse.

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So borax might not clean this whole car, but it does work well on rust. Add 1 part borax to 2 parts warm water – then squeeze in a little lemon juice and scrub to remove.

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Does the smell of kitty litter have you down? Mix a few tablespoons of borax in to keep it fresher, longer.

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I think picking stubborn price tag stickers off is one of the worse tasks in the world. To remove them, make a paste with 1 part borax to two parts water. Leave on the sticky for several minutes and then wash away.

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Mix 1 part borax to 2 parts warm water and soak. If that doesn’t work and you need a little extra power, combine 1 cup borax with 1/4 cup lemon juice and add the paste to the stain. Rinse with warm water.

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There’s an easy way to clean the toilet from top to bottom. Add 1/2 a cup of borax to one gallon of warm water, then scrub and wipe clean.

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Outdoor furniture can get grimy due to weather. To clean it, mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, 1 teaspoon of borax, and 1 quart of warm water. Then grab your bucket, take outside, and scrub.

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If you want to make sure your clothes are extra clean and fresh, and 1/2 to 1 cup borax to a load of laundry for a deep clean.

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Clean your floors with a solution of 1/3 cup borax, 1 tablespoon ammonia, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap mixed in one gallon of water. It works so well (be careful with laminate though!).

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Do you have weeds in your garden? Just sprinkle borax on them! Make sure not to sprinkle on the flowers, however, because you don’t want to hurt those too.

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Mix 1 part borax to 5 parts warm water. Shake and then let it sit for a few hours. Pour it onto your head and work into your hair and scalp, then rinse clean.

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My drain gets stinky – and I’m never sure how to clean it. Turns out you can put 2 – 3 tablespoons in the drain, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water to get rid of the smell.

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To remove water spots from your glasses, add 1 tablespoon of borax to the dishwasher before starting it.

Here are my favorite uses for Borax. If you know of any others, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to visit these related posts:

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Wednesday 13th of April 2016

I love Borax, and even make my own laundry detergent out of borax, washing soda, and Fels-Naptha. I even add extra to my recipe. And it's time to make the sugar syrup/borax local anthill remover. Just a little bit where the scouts like to roam and they take it back to the nest. Within a few days the local anthill is gone and my visitors are gone, too.

I love all the Borax tips--I'm putting several in my DIY recipe file.


Wednesday 9th of July 2014

This is great, Amy! I never knew there were so many great uses for Borax!


Monday 7th of July 2014

I haven't found my love for borax yet, but I'm sure if I follow these tips I will soon! I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party on IT'S A ginger SNAP.