Borax is a great Safe, Natural Household Cleaner – DIY Recipes

Borax is such a versatile natural cleaner for all around your house.

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Lets get DIY cleaning.

Borax gets used in my home for so many uses, I use it for hair care & skin care (here), Borax is great for pest control (here), I make DIY laundry soap/detergent (here), & so many other uses, but have you thought of all the other uses for borax in your natural DIY life? If you check out my DIY cleaning blog series you will find lots of great DIY uses for Borax & I will be sharing some here with you.Borax

Borax for cleaning:
Borax is used as a natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant, dessicant. Borax is odorless. Borax cleans & bleaches by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. This reaction is better in hotter water. The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of other cleaners.


DIY Natural Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes: (Great for Kitchen & Bathroom cleaning)
(to replace Toxic Clorox & Lysol cleaning wipes)
In a bowl combine 2 cups of warm/hot water with 2 tbsp of Borax, stir till dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar,
1/2 cup of lemon juice,
10 drops of tea tree oil
5 drops of 1 essential oil of choice (lavender, orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus)
Use a plastic or glass seal tight container or leftover baby wipe container etc.
You can use cut up T Shirts, or use wash-clothes or a roll of paper towels cut in half etc, put in container & pour mixture over it.
Options to add: 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup colloidal silver &/or replace vinegar with peroxide. These are a multi purpose cleaning wipe safe for use around little ones, use on high chairs at restaurants or grocery carts etc. Can be used in Kitchen, bathroom, nursery, on toys, counters, floors, walls on & on


Toilet bowl cleaner:
2 tbsp Boraxcleaners DIY
1 to 2 cups White vinegar
Add the baking soda & borax to the toilet bowl water, stir around with toilet brush, then add the vinegar & let it fiz, scrub with brush then flush, if very dirty let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom or overnight before scrubbing & flushing
Options to add: essential oils, Lemon juice, salt


Basic spray cleaner
2 cups white vinegar, Dissolve 1 tbsp borax in warm water add to spray & fill the rest of the way with water.
Options to add: Eucalyptus essential oil or essential oil of choice.
Do not use on Granite or stone because of the vinegar, otherwise great for every surface even chrome, a great sanitizer.


Hand washing dish soap  (large amount)
1  gallon container with seal lid
1 bar of Zote soap (or other natural bar soap)
3 cups of washing soda (go here for DIY washing soda)
3 cups Borax
Grate the zote & add to a pot with water over medium heat & stir until melted.fill the container half way with hot water, add the washing soda & Borax,stir until dissolved. now add the melted zote water & mix well. Fill the bucket to the top with HOT water, mix, cover & let sit overnight. Use 1 to 2 tbsp per sink of water, swishing around with hand.


Hand washing dish soap: (Made per sink load) 2 tbsp of baking soda & 1 tbsp of borax per sink. Make a paste with baking soda & water to get greasy dishes clean.


Dishwasher soap:
1 cup Washing soda (see how to make your own above)
1 cup of BoraxDIY
1/2 Baking soda
1/2 cup of corn starch
1/4 cup salt, sea salt, epsom salt or kosher salt
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of this mixture to your dishwasher detergent compartment, add 1./4 cup lemon juice or white vinegar to the bottom & run as normal.


Dishwasher soap:
Just add 1 tbsp of each baking soda & borax per load.


Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc:
Sprinkle Borax on carpets furniture, baseboard, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible & Vacuum up


Pet accidents:
Borax can remove the smell of urine from furniture and mattresses.  Just wet the areas of the mattress or furniture that are affected and shake on some Borax.  Wait for the whole thing to dry completely and then vacuum it away.


Musty odors on carpet or in room
1 part Borax, 1 part baking soda, sprinkle in room all over floors rather there is carpeting or not, allow to sit overnight & sweep up or vacuum up.


Stains on bedding, carpet & furniture:  Borax & water paste brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone, then brush off or vacuum once dry.


Sachet ideas for drawers & closets
Use a mesh bag, bowl with lid & holes or sock tied, baking soda, Borax & favorite essential oils, or just Borax. Options to add: Crushed dried eucalyptus leaves (or other dried herbs)  potpourri.


Toy soaking cleaner (for dirtier, smelly, toys)
Add 1/2 a box of baking soda, 2 tbsp of Borax, 1 cup of white vinegar. just stir it in with your hands add toys & let any that will sink soak if desired, use a wash cloth or sponge & wash the toys, rinse if desired, then just set out to air dry. Both baking soda & Borax are alkaline, the borax can give some extra cleaning power safely.


Diaper pail odors(cloth)
1/8 cup of Borax per 1 gallon of warm water to soak diapers in the pail.


Bottles & sippy cups, soaking, freshening & cleaning: To soak & refresh bottle use 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Borax & 1/2 cup baking soda mixed in a sink of hot water, soak & scrub, rinse & allow to dry. Options to add: 1/2 cup lemon or Lime juice, 1/4 cup peroxide.Borax


Fingerprints on walls: Simply mix 3 tbsp of Borax & 2 TBS of baking soda in 1 large spray bottle with warm water, shake & use, for really tough jobs use one of the baking soda, borax & water paste first before the spray.


Wash your car.
Hot water in a bucket add 1/2 cup Borax & a squirt of  natural liquid soap.


Headlight cover cleaner, for bugs, grime, yellowing & cloudiness:
Use this in a paste, ~baking soda, borax & water & scrub surface of the cover inside & out if needed, use a dry wash cloth & or a toothbrush to get in all areas, then simply wash off, repeat if needed.

Borax is it safe?

Many say it is safe, & some say no.So only you can decide for yourself & your family, everyone must do their own research & decide for themselves if they are comfortable using Borax at all or in what ways.

Crunchy Betty: Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not?borax

I found in my research that many people add Borax to water & drink it daily/as needed for arthritis, fungus/candida, cancer, pain, infections etc.”Curious to know why borax is one of the most important remedies to kill fungus and nano-bacteria? Us too! However, borax’s toxicity is less than that of sodium chloride (salt).

Please understand: I am not advocating or recommending anyone ever take Borax for any of the reasons listed, it is just info I found in my research so I decided to share it. & doing this research is why I decided to start using Borax in my No Poo regiment & skin care routine, & I am so happy I did.

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