While many are familiar with the few more common uses for borax, there are a ton more ways you can use borax, in both a survival situation and in your every day life as you utilize borax in your home with the “first in, first out” plan for prepping.
Borax is also known as sodium borate, is a naturally occurring mineral salt that has a wide range of household uses… are you ready for just how many different ways you can use it? Because I wasn’t until I started making a list of them all!
Here are 20 ways you can use borax in your every day life to save money… do you really need pricey job-specific cleaners when borax does the job, allowing you to save money for other items in your life?
- Natural laundry booster: Add a 1/2 cup of borax to your laundry to help boost the cleaning power of your detergent and remove stubborn stains.
- All-purpose cleaner: Mix borax with water to create a paste or spray solution that can be used to clean a variety of surfaces, including countertops, sinks, and toilets.
- Carpet cleaner: Sprinkle borax on your carpet, let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up to remove odors and stains.
- Deodorizer: Place a small dish of borax in your refrigerator, closet, or other areas that tend to collect unpleasant odors.
- Insecticide: Mix borax with sugar or honey to create a natural bait that can be used to trap and kill ants, roaches, and other insects.
- Weed killer: Sprinkle borax on weeds in your lawn or garden to kill them.
- Rust remover: Create a paste using borax and lemon juice or vinegar to remove rust from metal surfaces.
- Drain cleaner: Pour a cup of borax down your drain followed by boiling water to help unclog and deodorize it.
- Oven cleaner: Make a paste using borax and water to clean your oven.
- Silver cleaner: Make a paste using borax and water to clean and polish your silverware.
- Mold and mildew remover: Mix borax with water to create a spray solution that can be used to remove mold and mildew from walls, tiles, and other surfaces.
- Bath soak: Add a 1/2 cup of borax to your bathwater to help soothe and soften your skin.
- Dishwasher detergent: Mix borax with baking soda and salt to create a natural dishwasher detergent.
- Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle borax in your toilet bowl, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub and flush to remove stains and odors.
- Grout cleaner: Mix borax with water to create a paste that can be used to clean grout between tiles.
- Fire retardant: Mix borax with water and spray it on fabrics to make them fire-resistant.
- Jewelry cleaner: Mix borax with water to create a paste that can be used to clean and polish jewelry.
- Pet flea treatment: Sprinkle borax on your carpets and furniture to kill fleas and their eggs.
- Leather cleaner: Mix borax with water to create a paste that can be used to clean and condition leather.
- Hair conditioner: Mix a tablespoon of borax with a cup of water to create a natural hair conditioner that can help soften and detangle hair.
Borax can typically be purchased at most grocery stores, hardware stores, and big-box retailers. Depending on the store, you might find it in the laundry detergent aisle, cleaning supplies aisle, or home improvement section of the store.
For specific stores, Walmart is probably the easiest (and most inexpensive) place to buy it, although you can also pick some up at places like Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware.
When purchasing borax, be sure to check the label to ensure that it is 100% borax and not a borax substitute, which may contain additional ingredients.
Do note that borax is toxic, even though it is a naturally occurring mineral salt. So be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.