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I may have overestimated my need for two HUGE boxes of Borax — but it was such a good deal and I couldn’t pass it up.
Take a peek at these new (and impressive) ways to use Borax around the house.
1. Put out grease fires in your kitchen.
Sure, baking soda is normally recommended for grease fires in the kitchen, but borax works just as well.
Plus, you can also use it to put out campfires.
2. Make slime for your kids to play with or for cleaning.
Mix one tablespoon of Elmer’s glue with one tablespoon of water. In another cup, mix two tablespoons of Borax and two tablespoons of water.
Pour the first solution and the Borax solution together then add some food coloring if you want a cool color. It won’t dye your hands at all if you stir it in well before you knead the slime.
Knead the slime with your hands. It may seem like it’s taking forever, but don’t give up — you’ll eventually get the perfect consistency.
If you don’t want your kids to play with it, use it for cleaning keyboards or car vents. The slime will get in the cracks and hard-to-reach places, and any crumbs or dust will stick to it. Voilá!
3. Clean stainless steel with paste.
You’ll need one cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, three tablespoons of Borax and club soda.
Mix the baking soda, lemon juice and Borax in a bowl. Add just enough club soda to make it a thick paste. From there, use a rag or sponge to rub paste onto any stainless steel appliances.
Wipe the paste off with a wet rag then shine with a damp microfiber cloth.
4. Make an all-purpose house cleaner.
Mix two tablespoons of Borax with two cups of hot water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, and clean your kitchen or bathroom with it.
5. Make your own Liquid-Plumr.
Add ½ cup Borax to boiling water — then pour down drains and leave for about 15 minutes. Run tap water until it’s gone.
6. Keep pests away from your house.
Keep pesky bugs away by sprinkling Borax around your home.
7. Make your own toilet bowl cleaner.
Pour a cup of Borax in the toilet bowl before you go to sleep, and in the morning, scrub the toilet down and flush!
8. Create homemade Goo Gone.
Get rid of sticky residue on cups, plates or a sticker your kid decided to put on your iPhone.
Mix Borax and water in a two-to-one ratio, rub the paste into the residue, and wipe away.
9. Easily clean and polish outdoor furniture.
Mix together one teaspoon of dish soap, one teaspoon of Borax and one quart of warm water in a spray bottle.
10. Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal.
Git rid of nasty odors coming from your garbage disposal by putting three tablespoons of Borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour or so, then run warm water.
11. Clean hairbrushes and combs.
Mix 1/4 cup Borax and one tablespoon of dish soap in a small bowl with warm water. Let the hairbrushes sit in the water; rinse clean.
Before you use it again, make sure it’s completely dry.
12. Wash baseball hats in the dishwasher.
Put any dirty baseball hats in the top rack of your dishwasher, and fill the detergent cup with Borax. Run a normal cycle, and let the hats dry before wearing!
13. Put borax in your washer to whiten pillows.
Boost your laundry detergent’s power with a little Borax to clean and whiten pillows.
14. Make DIY dishwasher tablets.
It’s seriously so easy to make your own dishwasher detergent tabs.
15. Decorate your house with crystal seashells.
You’ll need Borax, water, measuring cups and a tablespoon, a spoon, glass containers and seashells (size depends on what you prefer).
Boil the water and add 3-4 tablespoons of Borax per one cup of water. I started with three cups at first. When mixing the solution, you’ll see a bit of the powder floating around and settling at the bottom. That just means it’s saturated.
Place the seashells in a glass container and add the solution — making sure to completely cover the shells. Make sure your shells are not touching each other. Within a couple hours, you’ll notice the crystals begin to form. Let sit overnight and check in the morning!
TIP: Using a glass container will help your solution to cool more slowly. If it cools too quickly, the crystals won’t adhere to the seashells.