If you think borax is just a laundry additive, think again. It will brighten your whites, but it can do so much more. Here are 5 different uses for borax around your home.  Find Borax in the laundry aisle at your grocery store.  Dial makes the popular 20 Mule Team Borax. It costs less than $5 for 76 ounces at most stores.

Use 1: Scrub Sinks and Tubs

Plain old borax works just like powdered scrubbing cleansers, such as Comet. Sprinkle some on a damp sponge and start scrubbing! It cleans and disinfects all in one sweep. For those with sensitive noses, borax has the added benefit of not having that chemical smell. If you make a paste out of water and borax, you can spread it on set-in stains (like the old hair dye stain on my bathroom counter!) Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub it off. It should take the stain right out! Don’t use this scrub on polished marble or granite as it could scratch the surface.

Use 2: Pesticide Alternative

Do you get anthills on your property? Pouring borax over the top is an effective pesticide. It isn’t as dangerous as other powdered pesticides, so you don’t have to worry about any pets or children being near it. You can also sprinkle it on carpets and rugs to prevent fleas.

Use 3: Stain Remover

Yes, we all know this stuff helps remove stains from clothing, but did you know it can remove stains from the carpet as well? Of course, you should always test a small area of your carpet first, but borax makes short work of most stains. The trick is to put hot water in a bucket or bowl. Stir in two to three scoops of borax. Dip a scrub brush in the mixture and scrub the carpet in a circular motion. Finish the cleanup by blotting up excess moisture, and vacuum when the spot is dry.

Use 4: Deodorize Drains

Borax is a great drain deodorizer. It even helps cut grease and grime. You can even add a little lemon juice to give the drain a lemon fresh scent. If you are using fresh lemons, cut one in half and squeeze it down the drain and add a little borax. Wait about 20 minutes, and then rinse. If you are cleaning the drain in your kitchen sink, be sure to run the garbage disposal too.

Use 5: Preserve Flowers

Borax isn’t just a cleaning powerhouse. It can also help decorate your now clean home! It is great at preserving fresh cut flowers. Place flowers in a box and cover entirely with Borax. Be very careful not to crush the bloom. Once the flower is completely covered, place the box in a safe place where it won’t get knocked over for 10 to 12 days. Once the time is up, you should have a beautifully preserved flower or flowers with which to decorate. Borax absorbs the moisture out of the plant, so it doesn’t wilt and keeps its original form.

Use 6: Goop With a Twist

Borax is an important ingredient for Goop, which is a cheap alternative to Play-Doh. To make goop, mix together a half cup of water with a half cup of glue. Add a few drops of food coloring to the glue mixture. In a smaller bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of borax with another half cup of water. Mix the borax and water in with the glue mixture. It should get thick pretty fast. Dump the mixture out on a cookie sheet covered with foil, and knead the mix just like you would bread dough. Goop only has one drawback: it can stain surfaces and clothes. I like to put it in gallon ziplock bags with a little extra water. Put some crazy glue on the seam of the bag and zip it shut. Give the glue a few minutes to dry. Once it’s dry, you have a play mat for your kids to trace, draw, or write on. It’s a great alternative to the Play-Doh version of Goop, and it won’t make a mess! Of course, you can always skip the ziplock alternative, and just play with it like the original recipe calls for. Just remember to cover your play area with plastic (plastic tablecloths are great for this!) so you don’t end up with stained furniture!

Overall, borax is a great product to keep on hand. It can do the work of several different products at a fraction of the expense. What uses have you found for Borax?

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65 thoughts on “6 Creative Uses for Borax”

  1. Cramit says:

    I’ve used Borax for years to scour my toilet bowls, it works fabulous, is super cheap, and no harsh chemicals! Also, I recently learned about adding about a 1/4 cup to the bottom of the dishwasher before you run it. If you have hard water it helps your dishes come out spotless and keeps crud from building up in the dishwasher!

  2. Cramit says:

    I’ve used Borax for years to scour my toilet bowls, it works fabulous, is super cheap, and no harsh chemicals! Also, I recently learned about adding about a 1/4 cup to the bottom of the dishwasher before you run it. If you have hard water it helps your dishes come out spotless and keeps crud from building up in the dishwasher!

  3. Tammie says:

    I use it in my laundry. I love it! I wish it went on sale or there were coupons for it.

  4. Tammie says:

    I use it in my laundry. I love it! I wish it went on sale or there were coupons for it.

  5. Tammie says:

    I use it in my laundry. I love it! I wish it went on sale or there were coupons for it.

  6. Tammie says:

    I use it in my laundry. I love it! I wish it went on sale or there were coupons for it.

  7. Nelle says:

    was just at target this morning… wish i had read this post earlier, then i would have picked up a box! sounds so versatile!

  8. lovemybug says:

    I love borax! Use it to clean just about everything in the house! I always always have to use it to do laundry, if I ran out the laundry isn’t getting done! lol.

    One of my recent favorite uses for borax have been to sprinkle it on the bottom of the coffee pot, run clean water through. Once the water cools I use my dish detergent and wash it out, gets rid of those nasty coffee rings that are a pain to get out with dish detergent alone!

  9. Kris says:

    Thanks for all the new ideas. I’ve used Borax for fleas and washing detergent before, but there are so many more uses – I’ll have to try on my carpet stains. And we will definitely be trying to make the borax crystals – my kids will love that!

  10. Kris says:

    Thanks for all the new ideas. I’ve used Borax for fleas and washing detergent before, but there are so many more uses – I’ll have to try on my carpet stains. And we will definitely be trying to make the borax crystals – my kids will love that!

  11. Kris says:

    Thanks for all the new ideas. I’ve used Borax for fleas and washing detergent before, but there are so many more uses – I’ll have to try on my carpet stains. And we will definitely be trying to make the borax crystals – my kids will love that!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love borax! It’s uses are endless!

  13. Gina says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I know Borax has been around for years, as I’ve heard the name from my Grandparents. I figured it was something they used way back in the day, and didnt realize people still used it lol. I had NO idea of all the uses of this product!! Thanks so much for sharing the laundry soap recipe. This is going to save us a lot of $$$

  14. Anonymous says:

    I always wanted to try roller derby!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I always wanted to try roller derby!

  16. Kim says:

    I live in Flordida so ants are always a problem. I put it along my baseboards when we have ants in the house, they love to come in after the catfood.

  17. Snradmer says:

    I make my own dishwasher detergent with it. Mix equal parts baking soda and borax. Put only 1 tbsp in dishwasher. Cleans great and lasts forever :)

  18. Kt6 says:

    Make ur own laundry soap..

    About 1 cent a wash..

    1/3 felts bar, 1/4 washing soda and 1/4 cup borax.

    Melt felts bar in sauce pan w/ water.. once totally melted put in washing soda and borax until smooth… place in an old milk gallon jug fill with warm water.. Let sit over night it will gel up.

    Finally mix w/ 50% mix and %50 water in a old laundry soap container. 1/2 cup for big load and 1/4 for small loads..

    Yes works great in my HG washer and gets rid of the nasty smell of stagnant water from them being so efficient! I add a drop or two of essential oil for a nicer smell on the clothes.

  19. Kimplusdav says:

    Hmm, I love blueing, so I will be excited to give good lod borax a try. Thanks for the great info!

  20. Kimplusdav says:

    Hmm, I love blueing, so I will be excited to give good lod borax a try. Thanks for the great info!

  21. Kimplusdav says:

    Hmm, I love blueing, so I will be excited to give good lod borax a try. Thanks for the great info!

  22. Mommasinthekitchen says:

    Our Target carries it for about $2.69 a box. In the laundry isle. I use two scoops of that, 2 scoops of Baking Soda and 1/4 of what I would for my liquid detergent in my wash. You can still add bleach to it if you are doing a whites load. This routine, stretches my laundry soaps at a cheaper price. I use Vinegar in the rinse cycle to wash out any trace of soaps and NO the laundry does not smell like vinegar when it is done. Or you can use the those fabric softner balls with vinegar in it.

    This routine prevents the smelly rag buildup that sticks in the washcloths over time. (build up of the waxes in the fabric softeners that then trap in the bacterias).

    I have never found a coupon for 20Mule Team though. I did pass the factory in NV where it is manufactured. Even the streets have the name 20Mule Team on them.

  23. Kristen says:

    Mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 T of Borax, in 1 cup of warm water. Soak cotton balls with liquid then place them near ant trails….ants will be drawn to it! Kinda gross to look at all those ants and not just get rid of them on the spot, but let them be. In 24 hours there will be NO more ants! They take the sugar laced with Borax back to their home and instead of killing just one ant you end up killing the entire colony. Plus safe for kids and pets! :)

  24. KT says:

    Can you use Borax in HE front-load washers? If so, where do you put it?

  25. KT says:

    Can you use Borax in HE front-load washers? If so, where do you put it?

    • Dawn says:

      You can! I use it all the time, about a half a cup per load. I have never noticed it helps with stains etc but it does take out the musty smell out of clothes if they get wet or you accidentally leave wash in the washer, especially for those yucky beach towels you can’t bleach.

    • Dawn says:

      You can! I use it all the time, about a half a cup per load. I have never noticed it helps with stains etc but it does take out the musty smell out of clothes if they get wet or you accidentally leave wash in the washer, especially for those yucky beach towels you can’t bleach.

  26. Lisa says:

    I use Borax along with Washing Suds and a bar soap to make homemade laundry soap! A HUGE money saver and I only have to make the soap 1-2 times per year!!

    • Patti says:

      @ Lisa How about a Recipe for the laundry soap?

      • Heather says:

        4 Cups – hot tap water
        1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
        1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
        ½ Cup Borax

        - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

        -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

        -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

        -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

        -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

        -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

        -Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

    • Patti says:

      @ Lisa How about a Recipe for the laundry soap?

    • Patti says:

      @ Lisa How about a Recipe for the laundry soap?

  27. Kearstenweeks says:

    My cousin teases me because I use borax for everything. She calls it my witches brew.

  28. Buntingad says:

    Used it to gget rid of fleas the cat brought home. Sprinkle onto freshly vaccuumed carpets let sit for 48 hrs vaccuum again. And sprinkle again. Let sit for 5 days vaccuum again. Much safer than flea sprays and even safe to use around small kids. Prevents fleas from laying eggs, and eggs from sticking to material fibers.

  29. Cherie says:

    My son used it for a science project and we made crystal snowflakes with it… they are really pretty… the instructions can be found online… just look up borax snowflakes!

  30. Cherie says:

    My son used it for a science project and we made crystal snowflakes with it… they are really pretty… the instructions can be found online… just look up borax snowflakes!

  31. Jessica Rodriguez9920 says:

    i never know there was sooo many ways to use borax! Love~it!!!

  32. Alli Has Heart says:

    borax is a flea killer!!! and safe for animals. sprinkle on your carpet like you would a carpet deodorizer, let sit for 30 minutes, and vacuum. it kills fleas and their eggs. repeat every day for a week and make sure you empty your vacuum bag/canister after each room, because the borax can clog it. i saved my house from a flea infestation doing this!

    • Tracy says:

      It is the main ingredient in the expensive “Fleabusters” product. We use it just once a year and only one application. It keeps the household fleas away for a year! I have been doing this for about 20 years and swear by it.

  33. Bre says:

    Does anyone know if you can use this to clean a spot on the furniture? I’m guessing you would make the same mixture as if you were cleaning the carpets. Has anyone else used Borax for this purpose?

    • Sherry says:

      I have used it for cleaning carpets. I add a cup or so to the steam cleaner with the carpet shampoo. We have a light blue carpet that started looking brown, due to the dog and general dirt and it came out like new. I use Borax for everything. If you write to the company, they will send you a bunch of coupons too.

    • Sherry says:

      I have used it for cleaning carpets. I add a cup or so to the steam cleaner with the carpet shampoo. We have a light blue carpet that started looking brown, due to the dog and general dirt and it came out like new. I use Borax for everything. If you write to the company, they will send you a bunch of coupons too.

    • Sherry says:

      I have used it for cleaning carpets. I add a cup or so to the steam cleaner with the carpet shampoo. We have a light blue carpet that started looking brown, due to the dog and general dirt and it came out like new. I use Borax for everything. If you write to the company, they will send you a bunch of coupons too.

  34. Dfwgirliegirl says:

    I have read these Borax tips on many blogs and websites. Using on smelly drains is my fave….it really helps with the yuck!

  35. Aimes says:

    I use it in my bath bomb fizzy recipe that i make as Christmas gifts…..

  36. Jo Anne says:

    Mix it with chocolate powder to kill Camel Crickets!

    • Flipsas2000 says:

      Jo Anne – explain further please! My best friend has these in her house and the exterminator can’t even get rid of them!

  37. Sarahgf2000 says:

    We love to make laundry detergent with it!

    • Keri says:

      Me too :) – bar of soap, cup of Borax, cup of washing soda. And you only need a little scoopful too :)

    • Tracy says:

      I also make laundry detergent out of it. I use the Duggar family recipe. You can make it for a fraction of store bought stuff (even with coupons, unless it’s free of course!)

      4 Cups – hot tap water
      1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
      1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
      ½ Cup Borax

      - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

      -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

      -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

      -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

      -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons

  38. paty says:

    you can also add it to your dogs bathwater and it helps stop fleas, itching and dry skin that leads to hairloss :)

  39. Arielrose62203 says:

    it apparently works wonders in the laundry for stinky yucky roller derby pads :D

  40. Fused1013 says:

    if you mix it 50/50 with baking soda it replaces dishwasher detergent

  41. Marie says:

    I’ve had the smelly washer problem with my front load HE washer, and I read about Borax a couple of weeks ago about helping with this problem. It some how did really help with removing the odor

    • Couponfan25 says:

      Can you tell me how you did it, cuz I have the same problem, thanks

      • Marie says:

        I ran the washer on the clean cycle. Added some bleach. i put a little bit of borax in where the detergent goes, and I also put some into the drum. I added an extra rinse to the cycle when it was done. Hopefully if you try it you’ll be able to smell a difference too!

  42. me says:

    You can use it in your pool to raise the PH level. Use the same amount as you would the PH Up stuff you buy in the pool store.

    • Lisa says:

      I do this as well, saves a ton of money over the PH booster and leaves your pool water feeling soft, if that makes sense. I also use bleach as an alternative to chlorine.