Borax is a little bit different from its cousin, boric acid. Boric acid is a great insecticide. Borax, on the other hand, is a salt that's derived from boric acid, and it's a key ingredient in many homemade cleaning supplies.
Unlike baking soda and vinegar, you need to handle borax with a little bit of care. You don't want to ingest or inhale the stuff, and it can irritate the skin if it's too concentrated, so you might want to wear gloves while handling it.
Borax is a great disinfectant. Mix 1/2 cup borax with 1/2 gallon of hot water to wipe down germy surfaces, like bathroom counters and kitchen floors. I wouldn't use this to clean wood floors, however.
Remember the tip for using baking soda and vinegar to clean the toilet? Adding a couple of teaspoons of borax to the mix can help disinfect and fight stains!
A 1:1 mixture of borax and vinegar or 1 teaspoon borax in a quart of water makes a great mildew remover. Just make your mixture in a spray bottle, spritz on, and wipe it off a few minutes later with a damp rag.
If the baking soda, vinegar, and hot water trick didn't work to unclog your drain, you can try pouring 1/2 cup of borax and a couple of cups of boiling water.
Do you guys have any other borax-related cleaning tips? Share away in the comments!
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