15 Ways to Clean Your Home with Borax

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Did you know that you can use borax in several ways? It’s a great product to have at home because it works wonders at cleaning all kinds of things. If you’re not sure how to clean your home with borax, look at this list of the 15 ways to do so with ease! In case you missed this post, Uses For Borax Around The Home

What is Borax?

I quote Wikipedia, “Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve in water.”

How do I store Borax, if I live where it’s humid?

This is actually a really good question because humidity causes havoc with borax, over time it will become clumpy or even like a total brick. I highly recommend you store your borax in an airtight container as shown below.

These are the ones I have: 32-Ounce Mason Canister Jars I used a Stainless Steel Wide-mouth Funnel to fill them. These are the same ones I use for my brown sugar storage to try and keep it from getting too hard. I love them!

How to store Borax

15 Ways to Clean Your Home with Borax

15 Ways to Clean Your Home with Borax

1. Use It to Clear Clogged Drains

Are you dealing with a clogged drain in your kitchen or bathroom? Take care of it before it gets any worse. You can use borax to clear clogged drains by pouring a cup of it into the drain.

Once you’ve added it to the drain, add two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of vinegar into the drain, leaving the concoction to sit for 30-60 minutes. After allowing it to sit for a bit, run hot water down the drain to clear anything that might’ve been stuck.

2. Add It to Your Laundry in the Washing Machine

Borax is an incredible addition to your typical laundry routine. When adding it to white clothes, it leaves them looking whiter than before. However, you can add it to the washing machine full of clothes of any color.

It works great to get rid of odors and help to remove stains. If you have children who often get stains on their clothes, borax is a must-have.

3. Include Borax as Your Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

If you’d like to make cleaning products that are safer to use around the home, combine a cup of water with a cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of borax, and a teaspoon of your favorite dish detergent. Mix well, add to a spray bottle, and use as an all-purpose cleaning solution for any room in the home.

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4. Make a Paste to Clean Your Grout

Combine equal parts of borax with baking soda and water to create a paste that works well at getting rid of dirt and grime on your grout. Apply the solution on the grout, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then scrub away with a scrub brush of your choice. Your grout will look even better than you can imagine.

5. Add It to the Water in Your Mop Bucket

Add two tablespoons of borax to your hot mop water. You don’t need harsh chemicals or fancy products to clean your floors. It works well to get rid of the dirt that accumulates on the floor over time.

6. Make a Window Cleaner

Would you like your windows to shine? If you’d like to get rid of streaks and spots on your windows, add two tablespoons of borax to two cups of warm water. Use a gentle cloth, dipping it into the solution and then wiping the windows with a dry cloth and working from top to bottom.

7. Clean the Woodwork

If you have wood furniture in your home, such as dresser drawers and nightstands, you can dust them and then give them a thorough cleaning using warm water and borax. It’s a simple way to ensure that the furniture looks its best without using any products that could potentially damage the furniture and strip it of its paint.

8. Create the Perfect Solution for Your Carpets

When you don’t want to use harsh products that leave strong odors in the home while cleaning the carpets, use borax and water. If you have a carpet shampooer, add hot water and two tablespoons of borax to the chamber and get started. The solution works wonders to lift dirt, leaving the carpeted floor looking its best.

9. Scrub the Toilet

Get rid of those hard water stains and any mold that you might notice in your toilet by sprinkling a bit of borax inside the toilet bowl. Allow the borax to sit in the toilet for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing away with your toilet bowl brush.

10. Clean the Walls of Your Home

Remove dirt and other markings from the walls of your home using borax. You’ll add two cups of hot water to a bucket, along with two tablespoons of borax and two tablespoons of your favorite dish detergent. Mix well and then dip a mop into the solution, using it to wipe the walls down.

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11. Get Your Washing Machine Clean

After washing so many clothes in the washing machine, there will come a time when you need to clean the machine to get rid of any dirt or other residue left behind. Sprinkle borax and distilled white vinegar into the washing machine and allow it to run a complete cycle to clean it out. Don’t put clothes in it during this time!

12. Remove Soap Scum and More from the Bathtub

If you’ve got soap scum, hard water stains, and other dirt marks in your bathtub, use borax to tackle the problem. Sprinkle the borax inside the tub, pour two tablespoons of vinegar on top, and allow the mixture to sit for 15-30 minutes before using a scrub brush to scrub away all the dirt and scum.

13. Clean Brass Fixtures

If you have any brass fixtures in your home, you can get them clean by combining vinegar and borax to create a paste. Apply the paste to these fixtures, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently rub it off. Your brass will shine! Please check your manufacturer to be sure on is safe on your particular brass.

14. Get Rid of Couch Odors

Do you feel like your couch has an unpleasant smell to it? It’s something that can happen over time, especially if you have pets in the home. You can sprinkle borax on the couch cushions, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then vacuum it. Borax is an effective deodorizer.

15. Make Your Cabinets Look New Again

Add two tablespoons of borax to a gallon of hot water, dip a microfiber cloth into the solution, and use it to wipe away any dirt and grime on your cabinets. By the time you finish, the cabinets will look new again.

Final Word 

Now that you know 15 ways to clean your home with borax, it’s an excellent time to stock up on this essential household item that you can put to good use. So which cleaning solution do you think you’ll try first? Tell us about your experience with borax, we love to share ideas. May God Bless this world, Linda.

6 thoughts on “15 Ways to Clean Your Home with Borax

  • July 14, 2021 at 7:29 am
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    Hi Linda. I love this! I keep Borax on hand at all times. It’s great. I did use some with cornmeal for ants in the yard. I don’t know if it killed them, but the mound is empty. I’ll be using it for more ant mounds. Here’s hoping they all go away one way or another. Borax and sugar are good for ants in the house as well as other unwanted bugs.

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    • July 14, 2021 at 10:44 am
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      Hi Deborah, oh ants are the worst. Well, mice are bad too! LOL! Great tip on the cornmeal! Love it! Linda

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  • July 14, 2021 at 8:17 am
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    Thank You!
    A couple years ago, we were on a cross country trip and traveling in our RV. We decided to spend the night in Boron, CA. This is where the open pit mine is and Borax. They have a really lovely visitors center at the mine site and beautiful displays with information. It was amazing to see the list of products that Borax is used in.
    The docent at the museum had worked at the mine for nearly 40 years and had many stories. We really enjoyed it. AND found a really cute tshirt at the gift shop.
    It is a great product and I have been using your recipe for home made laundry detergent and have been using that for many years.
    If you have a little extra time, it is well worth a visit.

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    • July 14, 2021 at 10:46 am
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      Hi Laura, oh, now I want to go visit that visitor center!!! Thanks for the heads up! I will look this one up! Linda

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  • July 14, 2021 at 9:25 am
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    I have read Borax can be toxic to dogs, so please use caution in areas they stay in!

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