Are you familiar with a cleaning product that has been used in households for over 100 years and has many uses? Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate, is that product.
20 Mule Team Borax is 100% borax and is a multipurpose cleaner. You can find it in the laundry aisle at most grocery stores, or a big-box retailer such as Target or Walmart.
This white, odorless powder is a fabulous cleaning product that you need. Because it averages around $0.12 an ounce, and about $5 a box, 20 Mule Team Borax is inexpensive. And one product that helps with many cleaning chores means when you buy less cleaning products you will save money.
Supercharge Your Detergent
Borax Cost ≈ 50¢ a load
Borax is a natural water softener and a natural deodorizer. Your laundry detergent will work better, and your laundry will smell clean.
Add a ½ cup of borax to every load along with your regular detergent. Also, be sure to use warm or hot water, because borax will not dissolve as well in cold water.
You can remove tough food stains, as well as wine, blood and grass stains (even when these type of stains have set).
Pre-soak tough stains in warm water and ½ cup of borax for 30 minutes. Afterward, add your regular detergent and run your laundry through a wash cycle.
As a laundry booster, borax saves you money. And your clothes and linens will be cleaner, brighter, therefore lasting longer.
Get Rid of Rust
Borax Cost ≈ Less than $1
Over time your household appliances and pots and pans rust. A combination of borax and lemon juice will make these items look brand new.
Make a paste, mixing one cup of borax and ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice. Use a sponge and spread a thick layer of this paste onto rusty areas. For nasty rust stains, let the mixture sit for an hour (or longer), then scrub.
Because borax does not scratch delicate surfaces, you can even use it to remove iron stains on porcelain fixtures.
Voila! No more rust.
Protect Your Family From Mildew and Mold
Borax Cost ≈ Less than $1
Do you have mold or mildew growth in your home? If so, reach for a box of 20 Mule Team Borax to help you get rid of this problem.
Combine one cup of borax with a gallon of hot water and mix well. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto mildew. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. Don't rinse the area afterward, because borax will stop the future growth of mold.
Now you have a cheaper, safer alternative to help get rid of mold and mildew.
An Alternative to Windex
Borax Cost ≈ 12¢
Two tablespoons of borax mixed in 3 cups of hot water are all you need to clean a window. Spray this solution on a dirty window and wipe clean. Afterward, mix equal parts of vinegar and water and wipe this solution across the window.
Your windows will have a fabulous streak free shine.
You can also spray this onto dirty window tracks. Then use a toothbrush or small grout brush and clean rag to remove grime.
As a result, your windows will shine, and your window tracks will be clean. What's more, you do not have to use harsh chemicals to get great results.