15 surprising uses of borax

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Borax is a common household item that often gets overlooked. This tried-and-true household cleaner has so many uses, from fighting pests to preserving flowers to removing the hardest rust stains. After reading some of the best and most creative uses, you'll never underestimate borax again!
If you don't have any borax at home, you'll want to go buy some immediately after reading this article. The best part is that it's easy to find and very affordable, so anyone can add borax to their cleaning arsenal.
1. Rid your home of roaches
If you have a cockroach problem in your home but don't want to use harsh chemicals, borax might just be the perfect solution. Try this DIY solution: 2 parts borax, 1 part powered sugar, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Then, use this homemade solution around windows, entryways, and other roach-prone areas of the house.
2. Get rid of ants for good
If those pesky ants keep coming back year after year, take some tips from Mashup Mom, who swears her borax trick got rid of those annoying little pests for good, or for at least a year.
3. Flea fighter
If you have a furry friend at home, you will want a flea repellent to keep those pesky little insects at bay. This recipe from Creative Homemaking is natural and easy, and it uses — you guessed it — borax!
4. Make an everlasting bouquet
If you're tired of constantly buying fresh flowers or you have a special bouquet you want to preserve, borax can help you out! That's right, you can make those flowers last forever with a combination of borax and cornmeal. Find the instructions at the 20 Mule Team website.
5. Natural carpet deodorizer
Forget buying powders from the store, which come with a $5 price tag and all sorts of ingredients you can't pronounce. Instead, make your own DIY carpet deodorizer with the help of One Good Thing by Jillee. It's natural and inexpensive, and it smells amazing!
6. Mattress cleaner
We often neglect our mattresses because we don't know how to clean them. But they absorb skin cells and sweat and can even house bedbugs if not cleaned regularly. Simply sprinkle borax on your mattress, wait half an hour, and vacuum the powder up.
7. Homemade laundry detergent
This recipe from Frugal Family Home makes a laundry detergent that costs just pennies per load! You might never go back to the store-bought kind.
8. Dishwasher booster
Next time you have a full load of dishes, sprinkle 1 to 2 cups of borax in the dishwasher basin. Run the load as usual, and you'll notice your dishes will come out without those unsightly water spots. Plus, your dishwasher will be much cleaner overall.
9. All-purpose cleaner
Mix together 2 tablespoons borax with 2 cups water, and put the liquid in a spray bottle for an all-purpose cleaner that can be used anywhere, from the kitchen to the garage!
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10. Weed killer
Get rid of those stubborn weeds by sprinkling borax on top of them. Let it sit, and after a while, the weeds should die.
11. Get rid of rust and lime stains
If your tub has rust and lime, borax might be the answer to your prayers! Creatively Living With Sue shares how she got rid of some seriously nasty rust and lime stains with the help of borax.
12. Keep fruit trees healthy
It may sound weird, but sprinkling borax at the base of fruit trees every 3 to 4 years will keep the trees healthy by adding boron to the soil. For mature trees, you can use a whole cup, while younger trees need only a few tablespoons. This is an all-natural fertilizer we can get on board with!
13. Garbage disposal cleaner
Get rid of that nasty buildup in your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour, and then rinse it down with warm water.
14. Toilet bowl cleaner
Keep your toilet clean and your home free of toxic chemicals by replacing your traditional toilet cleaner with borax. That's right, all you need to do is pour 1/2 cup into the toilet bowl and scrub away!
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15. Deodorize your trash can
Garbage cans can get stinky quickly. Keep those odors at bay by cleaning out the can with a mixture of 1 cup borax and 2 cups water. Let it soak, and then dry it out.
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