Try these genius ways to use Borax!
Borax For Fruit Trees
Did you know that you can sprinkle about one cup of borax around the root area of a full-sized apple tree (or a few tablespoons around a young tree) every 3-4 years? This will add boron, a trace mineral, to the soil. It is needed by plants for good cell wall growth and for fruit and seed development.
Amazing Stain Remover
Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks by make a paste with 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water. It will be as if it was not even there.
Toilet Cleaning Solution
Clean your toilet by dissolving 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of water. Scrub the toilet with a stiff brush, let it sit for 20 minutes then flush to rinse. This non-abrasive cleaner can also be used to clean the bathtub.
Keep Insects and Rodents Away
Borax is very effective at keeping cockroaches, ants, water bugs even rats and a few other household pests at bay. All you need to do is mix equal parts of borax with regular sugar. The sugar helps to draw the bugs in and the borax makes them sleep – permanently.
Do ensure that you do not leave the mixture out where pets or small children can reach it. It can be very harmful.
Good places are under stoves, refrigerators or sinks. These are areas that are normally infested the most anyway so they are good places to begin treating your home for pests. Borax also works well on mice. You just have to sprinkle it in areas where you think mice may be hiding and it will work wonders to get rid of them.
Cleaning Carpets and Mattress
You may also sprinkle borax on your carpets and vacuum to remove fleas or sprinkle on your mattress to rid your bed of bed bugs. Be sure to do this in the absence of young children and pets. Young children learn by tasting, pets seem to do the same at times – so you want to ensure that all of the borax is totally cleared before the little ones come testing.
If you have some beautiful fresh of certain types that you want to preserve in dried form, just do this – Mix one part borax with two parts cornmeal, and sprinkle the mixture into the bottom of a cardboard box. Place your flower(s) in the box, then sprinkle more of the borax and cornmeal mixture over the top. Do this in layers if needs be. Cover the box and let it sit for at least two weeks. This method will prevent the flowers from wilting and they will dry evenly.
Use In Candle Making
If you are a candle maker or you are interested in DIY candle making projects. Here is a trick to know. Soak the wicks in a solution of borax and salt. This will help to reduce the ash ans smoking that would normally occur when they are not soaked.
Use to Remove Rust
Make a paste using 1 cup of Borax with 2 cups of warm water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This does great to remove rust. If you have old pots and pans that are rusted, you can add this solution, just let them sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse and then just scrub the rust away. You can use it to remove rust from appliances and basically anything metal. If you find that the rust is a bit hard to get rid of, leave a second coating on to sit for another 15 to 20 minutes and it should lift right off with a scrubbing sponge.
All Purpose cleaner
Just make a solution of 2 cups of borax and 3 tablespoons of hot water in a spray bottle and use to wipe down your counters and sinks. It is also effective in getting rid of stains and harmful bacteria
If you have any sticky, gooey mess on any surface, make a solution of 1 cup hot water and 2 tablespoons of borax. Rub it onto the area and the goo will be gone.
Unclogging Your Drains
Unclog drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run your water for a few minutes to flush out the borax and any remaining clogs.