A 12-ounce box of Borax costs just $3.62 at my local supermarket—yet it outperforms a variety of more expensive products that have a higher environmental impact. It contains no chlorine or phosphates and can be used in myriad ways.
- Shower and sink: I had been using baking soda to clean the shower and sink for years until a friend recommended Borax. After giving it a whirl, I am trying to get the word out––Borax really works! In “I Don’t Want No Scrub” Grist compared eight eco-friendly cleaning products on the market. The author found that Borax was her favorite as well, despite the fact that it costs just a fraction of what you’d pay for many high-end green cleansers. Furthermore, Borax works far better than more traditional products like Dow chemical’s “scrubbing bubbles” for a much lower environmental cost.
- Toilet: Again, the scrubbing action is awesome! Plus, Borax has natural deodorizing abilities. You can leave it in the toilet bowl overnight to freshen up the bathroom by morning.
- Refrigerator: Those anonymous sticky spills in your fridge can be quickly scrubbed off with Borax. Plus, like baking soda, you can use it as a deodorizer.
- Garbage pail: Sprinkle some in the bottom to handle smells and use it to scrub the pail when needed.
- China: Who knew! Borax is excellent for scrubbing fine china. I am not really a fine China lover—but some of you may be thrilled to learn this
- Baby clothes and delicates: I never even knew about this until Roscoe was out of his baby clothes. Honestly, I washed them with regular laundry soap and they seemed fine. Still Borax conditions water so can be used to gently hand wash delicates or can be added to the washing machine for baby clothes.
- Laundry Booster: When you have a weeks worth of dirty cloth diapers, it’s nice to know you can toss in a little Borax with the wash to handle the load.
- Carpet cleaner: After blotting the stain, just cover with Borax and allow to dry. Then vacuum and you’re done. It even works on wine and alcohol stains!
- Pest control: You can actually use Borax to control ants in your home. Treehugger also offers strategies for using Borax on fruit flies here.
- Super bouncy balls, slime, or silly putty: I kid you not. Borax can actually be mixed with glue and a few other ingredients to create homemade bouncy balls, slime or imitation silly putty. This stuff is amazing! I’ll have to wait a few years, since Roscoe would most likely try to eat our science project at this point.
While Borax is cheap and eco-friendly, you do have to use caution with it. Unlike some higher-end green products, it can’t be ingested or rubbed into the eyes. Other than being careful to keep it away from my toddler, I love the way it cleans our home and keeps our environment healthy.
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