Perhaps you’ve seen Borax in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. And if you’re like I was, you probably have wondered what it is and what it is used for.
Simply put, Borax is a powerhouse cleaning product. A $4-dollar box of Borax can replace many cleaners under your sink and enhance others.
Before we get into the specific money-saving uses for Borax, let’s find out what, exactly, Borax is.
What Is Borax?
Borax is a naturally-occurring mineral (sodium tetraborate) that is used for cleaning and laundering purposes. Borax has other uses as well, such as glass making and ceramics. However, Borax has been used for all-natural cleaning purposes for more than a century.
Where To Buy Borax
You can find Borax at Walmart, Target, supermarkets, hardware stores, and elsewhere.
5 Ways To Save Money Using Borax
1: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Did you know that you can make your own laundry detergent at home for just 2 cents a load? Believe it. Besides being cheap, this laundry detergent really works. It uses Borax, washing soda, and two other ingredients.
2: Add Some To Your Laundry
Adding a scoop of Borax to your laundry will do many things:
- Soften your clothes
- Freshen and deodorize
- Improve the cleaning power of your laundry soap
Borax softens hard water. When your clothes are washed in soft water, laundering becomes more effective and your clothes will last longer.
Instructions: Add 1/2 cup Borax to every load of laundry. This is in addition to your laundry soap.
3: Make Your Own Scouring Powder (Like Comet or Ajax)
Use this all-purpose cleaner to clean your sink, tub, counter top, or any other surface that needs a good scrub. You’ll need:
- 4 parts baking soda
- 1 part Borax
- Essential oils (I like lemon, grapefruit or orange)
Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass container. To clean, simply sprinkle some over surface and scrub with a scrub brush or scouring pad.
4: Add To Your Dishwasher
Does your dishwasher fail to produce clean, sparkling dishes? Are they cloudy or scummy? Borax may be your answer.
Instructions: Simply add 1/4 cup of Borax to every load of dishes, in addition to using your regular washer detergent.
5: Make An All-Purpose Counter Spray
Save money by making your own surface cleaner at home. This one works well for cleaning kitchen counter tops, sinks, microwaves, fridges, floors, and other surfaces. What you’ll need:
- 8 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup Borax
- Essential oils, optional
Stir Borax into boiling water to dissolve. Allow mixture to cool. Add essential oils, if using. Once cool, the counter cleaner is ready to use.
As you can see, Borax is a great product to have on hand, and it can help you save money by replacing many other cleaning products and improving the effectiveness of others.
Learn even more uses for Borax. And please add your favorite uses for Borax in the comments below!